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Connecting children to nature for World Environment Day

800 school children took part in World Environment Day outdoor activities in La Paloma Park.
800 school children took part in World Environment Day outdoor activities in La Paloma Park. / Tony Bryant
  • Pupils from seven primary schools in Benalmádena took part in a series of activities aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of global warming and climate change

More than 800 schoolchildren participated in World Environment Day activities in Benalmádena Costa last Monday.

The three-hour event was organised to encourage the younger generation to care for the environment and look after the planet.

The children, pupils at seven primary schools in Benalmádena, took part in a series of activities aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of global warming and climate change.

The educational event was held in La Paloma Park and featured activities that addressed issues such as recycling, reducing pollution, energy and sustainable development.

The pupils took part in a series of 13 tests and they were judged not only on their scores but also on other factors, such as companionship and partnership.

The event was attended by Víctor Navas, mayor of Benalmádena; Joaquín Villazón, councillor for Environmental Health; and several other members of Benalmádena town hall.

Speaking at the event, Navas said, “Today is a day to reflect on what kind of legacy we want to leave for future generations. The younger generation of Benalmádena are here today so that we can help them understand the environment and what we need to do in order to preserve it.”

The participating schools also took part in a drawing competition, and prizes included a collection of ecological books, a miniature organic vegetable garden and a main prize of an electronic tri-scooter.

The World Environment Day event, which was organised by Benalmádena town hall and Quesada & Pastor Consultants, will now beheld annually

“Unfortunately, the deterioration of the planet is becoming increasingly apparent and this day has given us a great opportunity to educate more than 800 school children,” councillor Villazón said.

The mayor concluded by saying, “The main objective is to raise awareness of the importance of respecting the environment, because these children are the future of Benalmádena. In short, we need to create a healthy habitat to live in.”

Similar activities also took place in Campamento Benítez in Malaga, where around 300 children participated in games. There were also educational activities to raise awareness of easy things to do everyday to protect the planet.

An exhibition of artworks made out of recycled materials was on show and pupils were encouraged to take part in a number of workshops aimed at recycling and lowering of pollution.

World Environment Day (WED) is the largest annual event for positive action on environmental issues. A global event that is observed on 5 June every year, WED is celebrated by millions of people in thousands of events. These events range from neighbourhood clean-ups to replanting forests.