Everyday we are faced with the sight of waste around us, even in the “Centre of Excellence” Lagos State, it has become a terrible situation with people throwing waste on the roadside and drainage.
#EcoHeroes, a youth-led organization that uses innovative volunteering and environmental education to combat the menace of environmental pollution in Nigeria, with the aim to promote quality education and poverty reduction through waste upcycling and recycling.
Eco Heroes believe in a cleaner environment were we can reuse and recycle waste (Upcycle). The mandate of #EcoHeroes is to change the waste narrative and empower more people to come on board to fight the menace called “waste”.
It was a fulfilling learning process and empowerment program for the youths when participants were trained on how to turn plastic into plastic ottoman, and tyre into a chair or table.
Olaleye Rofiat, the convener, said the training is to empower community youths by training them on how to turn waste to money, also sensitizing them on Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, and the impact of climate change to the environment.
The 2-day training was educative as different speakers were able to discuss on salient issues ranging from environmental sustainability and youth empowerment.
Coordinator for Lagos SDG act, Amb Sheriff Gbadamosi, discussed on “Understanding Global and Local Challenges through the UN SDG’s”.
Ashade Abdulsalam, a youth environmental ambassador, also gave a presentation on “Global Climate Change: A view on our environment”, while founder of Lasgidi Recycler, Idu Okwuosa did justice to “Waste to Wealth” by elaborating on plastic waste recovery processing and youth empowerment.
Trainers of this wonderful program, Awojobi Aminat, Akinsanya Oyindamola and Agunbiade Oreoluwa said the aim is to have more trainers who will in turn impact the knowledge to others through the Eco Heroes project tagged “TRASHPAYS”.
Participants of the training register their appreciation after being awarded certificate of participation, the convener, who is also the Executive Director of Eco Heroes said the training was free and that more will be done in schools.
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