Litter is ugly, illegal and expensive to get rid of, it is harmful to plants, degrades natural areas and it injures and kills wildlife. By working together, government organisations and members of the public can take steps to improve this issue. Staff and volunteers from both Lion Encounter Zambia and African Impact recently joined forces to carry out a litter picking exercise in the city of Livingstone. The two organisations were joined by children from Linda Community School, Natebe Primary School and members of staff from Livingstone City Council’s Waste Management Unit.
Everyone met at the Civic Centre, where the day began with a lesson about litter prepared by volunteer Shelley, followed by a road safety talk from African Impact’s Vicky Poland. Everyone was then ready to start getting that litter off the roads. From the Civic Centre, the group collected litter from both sides of the Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, right up to the traffic lights and then onto Nakatindi Road. Thankfully, the city council had provided a refuse collection tractor and bins on wheels, which helped to make the work a little easier.
Everyone worked really hard, with few water breaks, until midday when it got too hot to be able to carry on any longer. Thumbs up to all those who participated and we hope to see everyone on the next litter pick.
Forest Managers in the Making
Meanwhile, members of the Conservation Club at Mukamusaba Primary School in Livingstone have been thinking about the environment too. The students’ latest topic is the processes which assist in the growth of trees and forests, such as photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration. Community volunteers worked hard to plan and deliver a series of lessons which were divided into different sub-topics, including the effects that chloroplasts (specialised sub-units in plant cells), light, water and carbon dioxide have on forest ecosystems. All said they had enjoyed the experience of working with this enthusiastic group of children.
Many thanks to each of the volunteers for their help in teaching our possible forest managers of the future.