Youngsters make BH better
Tuesday, 6th March, 2018
For the second year in a row, a group of local children have done their part in making our town a better place by participating in Clean Up Australia Day.
The children meet regularly as part of a Baha’i Children’s Class, the aim of the class is to build capacity for the practice of virtues like love, kindness, generosity and respect among many more.
Prior to their clean up efforts the class discussed how to take care of the environment and the harm of throwing rubbish on the ground.
They gave many reasons why we need to discard our rubbish properly including to protect our rivers and waterways from pollution and to protect animals and their habitats.
The class worked on an area of grass on Galena St across from the Riddiford Arboretum.
The bulk of the rubbish they collected was discarded food packaging from nearby McDonalds but this was mixed with various types of rubbish.
Despite the heat and the prickles of the bushy scrub the children did their best to pick up as much rubbish as possible, filling up several bags.
Their teacher Martha Gouniai was moved by their efforts.
“It’s really heartening to see how much enthusiasm and dedication they gave to the task at hand,” she said.
“It is largely people much older than them who are responsible for all the litter and yet these children made no complaints while cleaning it up.
I think we all have a lot to learn from their sense of responsibility to care for the earth,” she said.
It is hoped that everyone learns from the example of these beautiful children and plays their own part in keeping Australia clean.