IOJ’s 2018 Earth Day Competition- “From Trash to Cash”

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) and the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) hosted their annual Earth Day Commemoration Ceremony on Friday April 27, 2018. Highway 2000 East-West, continues to sponsor this initiative as it seeks to highlight the importance of the protection and sustainability efforts to ensure the preservation of Earth’s, past, present and future through the eyes of our youth. International Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year.

The competition included youths from various secondary schools, churches, clubs and organized youth groups. The aim of the competition was to get the interpretation of the theme for this year’s Earth Day, “From Trash to Cash”, from our young people, through Art. Participants submitted posters, literary pieces, that included poems, short stories and essays, and a new addition, segment, design model, all capturing this year’s theme.

The guest speaker, Dr Therese Chambers, Head of School Engineering and Computing at the University of Technology, Jamaica gave an informative presentation on the various types of “trash” that we can use to gain cash here in Jamaica and just how beneficial an enterprise exist that is ripe with opportunities for us Jamaicans to take advantage. Dr Chambers mentioned, recycling of plastic, used tyres and the repurposing of the existing dumps on our island for reusable energy as money generating use of our trash. She went further to highlight the exportation of scrape metal among other household waste that can be converted to income that can help individuals and facilitate growth and development of the country. The attendees were urged to minimize their waste, by practising, the reduce, reuse and recycling approach in their businesses and their day-to-day lives. The presentation also looked at, how we can be better citizens, and how we should always endeavour to protect our environment, through proper waste management and conservation of our natural resources, whilst deriving economic benefits now and remain sustainable for the future.