“I felt happy because I was part of something really important.”
More than 150 ACG School Jakarta students and 25 staff members took part in Clean Up Jakarta Day last month, an annual event devoted to cleaning up some of the 7,000 tonnes of rubbish produced in the city each day.
Six of the students were ‘eco warriors’ who lead environmental activities around the school and helped coordinate the day’s activity. Many families also took part in the clean-up.
The ACG School Jakarta volunteers collected trash from National Monument (Monas) to Sudirman Road – one of the main streets in Jakarta. Around 500 volunteers joined with them, collecting 650kg of trash. Students also ran a booth in Monas handing out reusable ACG Jakarta-branded shopping bags.
Theo Silva in Year 3 attended with his parents and siblings. They picked up rubbish like cigarette butts and cardboard, and Theo showed people the right bags to put rubbish and recycling into.
Lina Hutchinson in Year 11 said walking around Monas with two garbage bags taught her a lot about the extent of waste in central Jakarta and the wider benefits of helping the environment. “It supports the community and builds relationships with people – and it’s a fun experience, too,” she said.
For Tharun Suresh in Year 6 the event taught him the importance of recycling rather than throwing rubbish in the road. “I felt happy because I was part of something really important,” he said.
Principal Shawn Hutchinson spoke at the conclusion of the event.
“We need to ensure that our students are educated towards developing a sustainable future for themselves,” he said. We hope that it’s not just one day that we clean up, but every day.”
ACG School Jakarta was a platinum sponsor of the event.