Region 2 teachers and students benefit from Ozone Day seminars

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The EPA in collaboration with the National Ozone Action Unit of Hydro meteorological Division, Ministry of Agriculture,  hosted a two-day seminar during September 12-13, 2019. The workshop saw participation of 154 primary and secondary Schools in Region 2, along with, young aspiring teachers from Cyril Potter College of Education. The seminar aimed to: provide a greater understanding of the role of the ozone layer; raise awareness on the importance of the ozone layer; and threats to its protection; highlight successes gained under the Montreal Protocol; as well as; Guyana’s progress in eliminating Ozone-depleting substances. Moreover, the goal was to convey actions that are needed for sustained protection of the ozone layer and reduction of greenhouse gases. Through theoretical and practical exercises, students were made aware of how important it is to protect  themselves from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

EPA meets the public (Region 2)

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The Environmental Protection Agency as the country's lead regulatory Agency for Environmental management in Guyana, has the responsibility to ensure that the public is informed about environmental issues and promote public participation in matters of environmental management and biodiversity conservation. 

The Agency continued its public awareness drive by hosting a second "Meet the public" activity on the Essequibo Coast at Anna Regina during August  . Once again, patrons visiting the booth were given the opportunity to interact with officers from the various programme areas, and submit their complaints.

Officers including the Executive Director also took the opportunity to meet with regional officials to discuss the Agency's plans in the region, synergize efforts, and cement plans for EPA's regional office which is expected to be established soon.

Single-Use Plastics conversations in Region 9

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A section of the audience at the St. Ignatius benab filling out the survey after discussions with the EPA team.

 

The Agency took the single-use plastics conversations to Lethem, Region 9. Four conversations were conducted with students, Regional Officials as well as, residents of various villages within Region 9. The interactive and informative conversations were held at the St. Ignatius Primary School and Secondary Schools, respectively, Regional Democratic Council and the St. Ignatius benab during the heritage celebrations held in Lethem.

Concerns were raised on whether there are adequate and appropriate alternatives to replace the items proposed for the ban. Residents also expressed optimism of the economic opportunities villages can garner from the use of natural materials available in some communities ,which can be used to make alternatives such as, bags and baskets. They were also adamant that monitoring and enforcement will be critical to the successful implementation of the ban.

Approximately 135 youths participate in Environmental Camps

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The Environmental Protection Agency partnered with a number of organisations and groups to integrate environmental education into their youth camps. The Agency engaged with over 100 youths directly on topics ranging from waste management, single -use plastics to climate change and green projects and the Green State Development Strategy. The organisations/groups include: ELC’s “Dreaming Butterflies Art” camp coordinated by Artist/Designer Nadia Thomas Winter; Ecozone camp in collaboration with the Young and Thoughtful Youth Oganisation in Region 10; Fruta Conquerors Football Club summer camp, Region 4; and Grace Temple Assembly of God children's camp, Region 6.