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Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority is appealing for early community mobilisation in support of two major activities which will be hosted soon.

The Authority says it is once again relying on partners in the public and private sectors to ensure the Ant-Litter March slated for October 15th and the National Clean Up Campaign from November 4th to 6th, are both successful events.

Information and Public Education Officer Emlyn Jean says the Authority would like to especially commend the schools in the out-districts for consistent participation over the years despite having to bear the cost of transportation to Castries.

“The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority will be hosting its Annual Anti- Litter March on October 14th, 2005. This awareness activity is designed specifically for schools throughout the island. Invitations have been extended to all schools throughout the island in order to ensure persons do get an opportunity to participate.”

The Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) sees the annual exercise as an effective avenue to reinforce proper environmental practices in the youth.

“We do believe that just the opportunity that the children are afforded to design the slogans is a process which makes them more aware of the how important it is to keep the environment clean. And when they do come to Castries then they are able to send that message to the people and also demonstrate that they as children are prepared to keep the place clean and they do need the support of the public.” Jean said.

The march is slated to begin at the Vigie Playing Field, Castries. From there students displaying placards will make their way to the Derek Walcott Square for a special ceremony which will be officiated by the Ministry of Education officials and persons from various environmental organisations.

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