Paralimni Lyceum wins first prize for student environmental action

The Paralimni Lyceum has won first prize in a Cyprus-wide student environmental action, titled Think, Act, Change � We say no to plastic bags.

In an interview with CNA, Headmaster of the Paralimni Lyceum Kyriacos Costeas said that the action was carried out by the Department of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, in cooperation with the Pedagogical Institute and the Education Directorates of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in the framework of implementing Directive (EU) 2015/720 of the European Parliament on the reduction of the use of the thin, plastic carrier bag, and the implementation of the measure to charge for them, deriving from the Regulation through which the national legislation is harmonised with the European legislation.

He added that the main purpose of the environmental action was to acknowledge the negative impact on the environment caused by the irrational use of plastic bags, the inappropriate processing at the end of their life, the effects during their production, their durability, and uncontrolled disposal, how this affects the environment and aquatic life, contributes to the depletion of natural resources, and increases the production of waste and greenhouse emissions.

Costeas said the aim was to develop innovation through finding alternative solutions and proposals on managing and reducing the use of plastic bags, and to record statistical data before and after the implementation of the measure.

The workgroups were requested to create a poster and the students in the artistic department of the Paralimni Lyceum created works of art, expressing their concern from the increasing use of plastic bags and packaging, which is detrimental to the environment, he said.

He added that the works of art were then printed onto cotton totes and will be available for purchase at charity bazaars organised by the Lyceum’s Welfare Committee.

This specific project touched the judges and that is why they gave the first prize to the Paralimni Lyceum. The action is in the framework of the work of the Paralimni Lyceum’s Environment Committee, under the supervision of art teacher Nicoletta Erotocritou, he said.

Replying to questions, Costeas said that the Lyceum’s participation was in the framework of the pedagogical activity and all children who won or stood out or in any way promoted the school, are recognised by the school. The students that won the first prize of the action will have their own recognition during the official graduation ceremony, to be held in June, he noted.

He also said that the students that won the first prize have also won a trip to Athens with a 1,000-Euro subsidy from the Central Bank.

We are proud of all out 600 students at the Paralimni Lyceum, whether they win or they try to win, Costeas said.

The measure is within the Action Plan for the Circular Economy, which aims at promoting sustainable development in the EU and reducing waste.

Source: Cyprus News Agency