HONIARA City Council has been a key supporter of the newly launched Eco-School 3Rs Project.
Speaking on behave of the Mayor and Clerk yesterday, Lance Cash said the council is eager to see positive changes with the actions taken to address solid waste management in the city.
Mr Cash said solid waste management is everyone’s business thus requires active participation of all sectors within society to work together with authorities in addressing this important issue.
“The secret is working together,” Mr Cash added.
He said solid waste management is a communal issue therefore such project like the Eco-School 3R can only be strengthened and become successful if everyone have the same spirit in working towards a better and healthy environment by taking ownership and be responsible.
Mr Cash said people and especially the new generation need to be aware of the importance of solid waste management to adapt and develop in the young generation a change in behaviour and attitude.
He said the city council is very supportive of this program as adapted from the key objectives of the J-Prism in Honiara, which was reflected in the HCC development agenda under its five-year plan to look at sustainable environmental planning and waste management.
Mr Cash said in order to address the problem with solid waste management, it has to start somewhere.
He urged the country not to be bystanders but to work together with vision and action.
“Let us be positive and grow the confidence in us whereby this community is our home or school is where our children live and do their learning,” Mr Cash said.
He stressed that change will not come over night.
“We have to start somewhere. Honiara city will remain, our schools will remain.
“If we put something positive into the school systems in terms of proper waste management, the message will go deep and take root in the minds of the younger generation and will spread throughout the nation,” Mr Cash said.
He said the future of this city is in everyone’s hands.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA