What is Community cleanup campaign exploration?
This exploration is one of our Senior impacts projects which focus on the environmental steward. This impact project is a campaign to clean up a community located in Kompong Speu province Cambodia. The goal wasn’t just clean up but we will give a workshop to government school students and villagers who live in that community.
What will the workshop be about?
We have five various stations such as storytelling & visualization, products & artwork, plastic decomposition, round discussion & modern technology, and statistics & facts stations.
The first station is storytelling. You will query in your thoughts what’s this station is going to be about. Precisely, in this station, it is about the sharing of the four short stories that the four students have written in the exploration. The stories that have written by our young writers are related to the impact of using plastic on the environment. In addition to the environment, the research said plastic has been used by humans in the world over two million amount in a minute. We want to spread awareness of the effects of using plastic through fun short stories.
The second station is products and artwork. The goal of this station is to encourage our Cambodian people to recycle plastic instead of throwing them away. Recycling is important for both the environment and us. When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products which we can use it again. We can save money from buying new products and reduce waste to landfills.
The third station is plastic decomposition. This station is mainly focused on how long will plastic takes to decompose. Basically, the participants of this workshop will play a matching game. Participants will arrange the pictures of types of plastic and put it in the right years that it will take to decompose.
The fourth station is round discussion. In this station, participants will be given a chance to speak up about the environmental crisis, plastics pollution through the discussion. The goal of this discussion is to also enhance their environmental awareness as well as encourage others to take this as a critical community issue. The other topic that will be brought to the participants is “technology”. Introducing three technology inventions (robot, satellite, and 3D printing) to these Cambodia youth will be fascinating and helpful because currently a lot of impacts come from technology and it helps us expand our knowledge through research on the internet.
The fifth station is statistics & facts. The facilitator of the station will show statistics and give some facts about plastic to participants. After that, there will be questions and answers to test their knowledge.
My reflection on this impact project
The study of a Community cleanup campaign is really important to me as a change agent. A way to change the whole world, we need to change our actions and perspective. I learned from the project about the affection of plastic toward our natural environment. We also brainstorm some ideas on how we reduce plastic from going to the landfill. My station is about recycling, I choose to recycle product because I learned the fact that only nine percent of plastics are recycled properly, with 91 percent of recyclable items ending up in landfills, polluting our environment or floating in our oceans. This project changed my perspective of throwing trash away, instead, we should recycle them. There are so many creative ways of recycling plastic after I was done some research. I also converted some plastic bags into artwork which I will need for my workshop. We also have a play related to our project. I have never been involving in acting before. So, this project gave me a chance to get out of my comfort zone and try new experiences. This is such a great project for both helping our environment and improving my skills.