Going Green: Hassle-free recycling with Carina Jailal
Photo: Carina Jailal, attorney-at-law and Climate Ambassador for the Global Youth Climate Network, shows how easy it is to recycle cans, plastic, tetra paks and glass bottles.
Recycling isn't the hassle some people might think it is.
In fact, it took approximately two minutes for Carina Jailal, Trinidad and Tobago's Climate Ambassador for the Global Youth Climate Network, to show how simple it was to put aside plastic bottles, cans, juice boxes and glass jars for recycling.
Jailal, an attorney-at-law, said her love for the environment was strengthened while studying in the UK. While there, she was encouraged by the advances made in recycling and environmental conservation and vowed to help create a similar transformation when she returned to T&T.
"It's an important issue because every year billions of trash are produced. For Trinidadians, we need to understand that our actions matter and making a new habit (to recycle) can really make a difference."
"It really starts with the kids," she said.
Jailal does several educational ventures with children to familiarise them with recycling and the importance of the environment.
"I visit orphanages, like the Wesleyan Children’s Home and the Cyril Ross Nursery as well as the Rainbow Tots Preschool and we’ve created a fun and exciting environment to learn about plastic and its impact and how to beat plastic pollution."
Jailal says by incorporating games, kids can have fun while learning about recycling at the same time.
"We play Pictionary, charades, do crossword puzzles etc. but even more than that, in the process they are learning to become future leaders through the way in which they work together in teams, communicate, and learn to respectfully disagree," she said, having been trained in Leadership at Harvard University.
Jailal has also reached out to local company D Sal Tech to collaborate and install water filter systems in selected orphanages so that children can reuse their water bottles and have clean water to drink.
"There is hope for our country, as people do want to genuinely help and make a difference," she said.
iCARE, an initiative managed by the Environmental Management Authority collects glass, plastics, tetra paks and cans for recycling.
Citizens don't even need to sort the items, they can simply place them in a clear garbage bag and drop off at a nearby iCARE bin, located across Trinidad: http://bit.ly/2LlE0QQ
For more information contact iCARE at 645-0933 or visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICARETTproject
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