Sa­ve our pla­net an eco-brick at a ti­me

George Herald - - News - My­ron Ra­bi­no­witz

Ho­ly Cross Pri­ma­ry le­ar­ners re­cent­ly le­ar­ned how to ma­ke use of rub­bish in an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly way rat­her than al­lo­wing it to pol­lu­te the e­arth. On T­hurs­day 6 De­cem­ber, t­hey built a bench on the school grounds - ma­de with eco-bricks. The le­ar­ners we­re sho­wn the ro­pes by re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the B­ree­de Gou­ritz Ca­t­chment Ma­na­ge­ment A­gen­cy, the Cape Pen­in­su­la U­ni­ver­si­ty of Techno­lo­gy (CPUT), the G­rey­town Tran­si­ti­on Town pro­ject and the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pal Re­fu­se De­part­ment.

"Now that we po­si­ti­ve­ly know that the o­ce­ans are fil­ling up with rub­bish, su­re­ly it ma­kes sen­se to rat­her use lit­ter w­he­re we can," said B­ri­an Del­car­mé, lec­tu­rer in the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal and Occu­pa­ti­o­nal S­tu­dies at the CPUT. "If e­ach emp­ty plas­tic 2-lit­re cold drink bott­le is fil­led with 350g of tig­ht­ly pac­ked, cle­an re­cy­cla­ble ma­te­ri­al, we will be a­ble to ma­ke thou­sands of eco-bricks which can be u­sed to build a­ny­thing from a ho­me to a braai," Del­car­mé told the Ge­or­ge He­rald. The te­am that as­sis­ted the le­ar­ners. Front, from left: T­hem­bak­o­zi A­dam, I­vi­we Ma­bo­za, Ja­ni­ne Fer­nold, Gra­ce Nots­ho­ko­vu and Ka­rin S­tof­fels. Back: Car­lo A­bra­hams Ma­ru­way­ne Wil­li­ams, B­ri­an Del­car­mié, Ba­balo Coun­ter and Wes­sel Ro­bert­son. S­cott Vaug­han (left) and Ashlee Pe­ter­sen are at the re­a­dy with the eco-bricks.

RIG­HT: Mars­hall Rin­quest from the G­rey­ton Tran­si­ti­o­nal Town mixes the ce­ment.

See mo­re pho­tos and a vi­deo at www.ge­or­ge­he­rald.com

Pho­tos: My­ron Ra­bi­no­witz

Jay­den van Rens­burg (left) and S­tu­art Ja­mes with the eco-bricks that we­re u­sed to build the bench.

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