By: George Hanson, 11 years old
The following is a submission of one of our applicants to this year’s Chaa Creek Eco Kids Summer Camp.
Officially known as the Children’s Summer Camp Scholarship Program, the annual event gives 24 young Belizeans between the ages of 8 and 13 a chance to learn about their natural world through a mix of adventure, social interaction, fun and hands-on education aimed at instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility for the environment.
The Eco Kids are selected after submitting a 300 word written essay which is reviewed and shortlisted by the Chaa Creek scholarship committee with the winners going on to attend the summer camp.
Chaa Creek will be providing all lodging, three healthy meals and snacks each day, structured educational activities, arts and craft materials, tee shirts, 24-hour camp counselor supervision, and guided tours conducted by licensed naturalist guides.
Good luck potential Eco Kids!
I am a smart, handsome and respectable young boy. I love travelling and meeting new people. Being Eco friendly is a good idea because it allows us to protect and preserve what valuable assets we have in our surroundings. We can practice being Eco- friendly by turning off lights when it is not necessary, turning off water sources when there is no need to use water and recycling asset that can do so.
When we turn off lights when there is no need to use it, we are saving energy. That is how we should be thinking. We have no need to allow electricity to be burning because it will only create an additional expense for our families. Secondly, water is life. It is a valuable resource. If there is no water; then, there is no life. We have no need to waste water we need to use it wisely. While you are brushing your teeth turn off the water until you are ready to rinse your mouth and so forth.
Thirdly, we need to practice the use of recycling item especially plastic materials and paper. We need to utilize these items positively and at all times, as long as they are in good condition. Let’s start the practice of preserving and protecting what assets we have. Tell a friend about the importance of doing so and encourage them to tell another friend. At the end of a day at least five individuals should be able to understand the practice of doing so. This is our country Belize, home for me, home for you, home for all, home for our flora and fauna, home sweet home. Let’s make it a better place so other people can enjoy what we have too. Promote the importance of taking care of our ecosystem, support Eco Kid 2013. George Hanson Jr.