Ten-year-olds set an example to their elders

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FIFTH-YEAR pupils at the Torremar school spent a morning at Retamar beach recently.
They were there to enjoy themselves but also spent a solid hour cleaning the beach in an activity organised by the Agata Verde and Clear Ocean Project Cabo de Gata.
The exercise was meant to set a shaming example to the children’s elders, the organisers explained, “This was not about cleaning the beach or raising the children’s awareness, because they know all about that,” said Gonzalo Cardenas of Clean Ocean Project.
 “We should look after the environment because rubbish is harmful to living creatures,” said 10-year-old Alba.  “A plastic bottle can take 100 years to decompose and a cigarette end can take 20; paper needs a year and tins around 50.”
The children found plenty of these that morning, as well as the ever-present wet wipes which can eventually find their way from the drains to the sea.
Activities were orientated towards showing the children that although plastic is necessary its use should be reduced.
 to the maximum, Cardenas said.  “Interestingly, children realise this and adults need to follow their example.”

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