The Children were bused into Northern Farms by TLC shuttles transport. Roots and shoots, Learning Alive and The Cobras soccer team all came together to do a river cleanup at the Northern Farm.
The day kicked off with a briefing how the day would run and safety precautions. The group was split into 4 groups each conducting a river cleanup in different sections of the river banks. After collecting approximately 160 Tuffy refuse bags full of rubbish each team conducted a Mini SASS water test. The Mini SASS test determines the health of the water. Children formed groups and each had a net and bucket to catch small aquatic invertebrates. The presence or absence of certain species determines the health of the stream. The results showed that the Jukskei River was severely polluted and it is thought that sewerage from the Klein Jukskei River was the main culprit of the results.
After a hard morning in the scorching sun (38 degrees) and feeling good about being active citizens, children were each given a lunch pack and could enjoy a meal in the shade with one another. Events like these entice children to connect with nature, understand the importance of active citizenship and promotes collaboration and interaction with other children in their community.
This will be an on-going Initiative whereby Green Beings hopes to grow and inspire more children that want to make a difference in their immediate community.
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Roots and Shoots South Africa
Electronic Cemetery E-Waste Management
Northern Farm MTB Park
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