St. Lucian student makes strides in saving our environment
We may have all heard these terms at one point or another: environmentally friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, green. These are all terms used in reference to reduced, minimal, or zero harm upon ecosystems or the environment. Several journals have highlighted the negative impact of using non-biodegradable products on the environment but there is still a lot of work to be done in this area.
15-year-old Keegan Patrick from form 4 of the Saint Mary’s College has stepped up to this challenge. Out of several participants, he has emerged the winner on a national level for the Sagicor 2014 Visionaries Challenge project. His project goes under the name Amylo-plastikos and its aim is to bring awareness to the environmental problem of plastic usage and to provide a solution through the production of biodegradable plastics using renewable resources.
According to Keegan, “I plan to produce biodegradable plastics out of a renewable resource. Plastics are typically made of an artificial synthetic polymer. Their structures are not naturally occurring, so plastics are not biodegradable. But based on my research and understanding, the correlation between the polymer structure, properties and natural processes, I deduce it best to make a starch-based polymer to replace the previous polymers that were synthetically made.”
Keegan Patrick’s contribution at such a tender age is commendable. He will be representing St. Lucia during the Regional Awards on July 12, 2015 in Tampa, Florida where he will be competing on an international stage.
There are several other participants from other countries with each candidate highlighting an area of necessary change. Persons are encouraged to vote for a People’s Choice Award winner by clicking the link https://sagicorvisionaries.com/peopleschoice-award/. Voting is open to residents of participating countries only. The deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 17th, 2015.
Keegan Patrick (left) explains his vision
to an onlooker.