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Fun events and tree planting as learners celebrate Earth Day <p>​The theme of this year's event, 'Planet vs. Plastics'  increases awareness of the importance of a clean environment in an urban context. The theme also aligned with the mandate of the Recreation and Parks Department. As stewards of public open spaces across the metropole, the department plays a vital role in managing open spaces prone to plastic waste and dumping.<br></p><span><p></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/An%20Earth%20Day%20event%2022424.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​</span>The presence of plastics in these spaces has a significant impact on the sensitive biodiversity, ecosystems and the well-being of fauna and flora.  By addressing plastic pollution, the department reaffirms its commitment to preserving and safeguarding the integrity of natural spaces in alignment with the Earth Day theme.<p> </p><p>Learners from Sunshine Educare, Delft Primary and Vergenoegd Primary School participated in activities aimed at promoting environmental awareness and fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility for their local park. As part of the initiative  ten mature fig trees (<em>Ficus natalensis</em>) were planted.</p><p> Other activities included a fashion show featuring garments made from recycled waste materials. The department also distributed Spekboom trees during the event.</p><p> The City's Environmental Management Department's Environmental Capacity Unit conducted a waste minimisation awareness programme and also did stormwater drain stencilling to encourage people not to block drains with litter as part of the the words, Bin it do not Block it! campaign. While Urban Waste Management brought along its mascot, Bingo, who spoke about the harmful effects of littering through fun and educational awareness, which fits in with the City's anti-littering campaign. </p><p> 'There is a saying that goes 'as the twig is bent, so grows the tree', which means that early influences have a permanent effect. So it is our hope that the dozens of young ones who attended our Earth Day celebration will grow up to  be ambassadors for their environment, and the planet. It is crucial that we limit our personal impact on our surroundings, not only for our own benefit, but also for a more sustainable future and the generations that are yet to come. Through collaborative efforts across City departments, we demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement. Let's ACT Cape Town because even small actions can lead to big changes to build a stronger, more future-fit city for us all,'  said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-04-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#68c4f1e6-ecaa-448f-af9b-d20905ece7db;L0|#068c4f1e6-ecaa-448f-af9b-d20905ece7db|Recreation;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#f6754142-3f82-4ccd-8361-47a7b733f2c5;L0|#0f6754142-3f82-4ccd-8361-47a7b733f2c5|park;GP0|#34f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b;L0|#034f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b|event10

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