Mini buses targeted in anti -littering awareness campaign


robThe Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment’s ‘Pick it Up Guyana’ initiative, in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Volunteer  Programme yesterday held a campaign at the mini bus parks to promote awareness on environmental cleanliness.

This campaign is in keeping with the objectives of the Pick it Up campaign, and sought to promote environmental cleanliness and spread its awareness, with its main focus on
The activity involved 30 volunteers from the Pick It Up campaign Volunteer programme, Civil Defence Com

mission, Scouts and UN Volunteers who sensitised drivers/ conductors in the various bus parks through the deliverance of short advocacy messages and the placement of colourful stickers on the buses, which state, ‘I love beautiful Guyana, keep Guyana clean’. educating individuals as it relates to littering.

At the end of the campaign, the volunteers were awarded a certificate of appreciation by the JICA for their hard work.

The aim of the mini buses being banded with the stickers is to support the campaign’s effort to take the message throughout their various bus routes.

The routes targeted were 40, 41, 45-48; 44, 50 and 63 and 31, 32, 42 and 43.

Volunteers-300x224Once a mini bus has been branded with the sticker, the driver is given a permit/letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs to show that that Ministry also supports this initiative and the drivers will have no trouble for having the stickers in their buses.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Robert Persaud who was a part of the campaign said that it is a commendable initiative by the JICA to support the Pick it Up Guyana campaign as it will allow greater sensitisation and awareness.