Burning need for education

Friday June 22, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
The remnants of a fire involving plastic material and other dangerous rubbish in the Avarua area. Fumes are a danger to anyone exposed to smoke from these fires. 16092347 The remnants of a fire involving plastic material and other dangerous rubbish in the Avarua area. Fumes are a danger to anyone exposed to smoke from these fires. 16092347

Dear Editor,

I have been coming to this gorgeous paradise for the past decade, often staying several months at a time.

During these visits I have seen many improvements to Rarotonga’s infrastructure, but unfortunately the ongoing issue of litter and the burning of toxic plastic waste seems to endure.

May I be so bold as to suggest that the children be educated from an early age, regarding the importance of recycling.

If this is already happening, then that’s fantastic news, as hopefully the younger generation will be able to assist their elders in protecting this extraordinary piece of heaven to survive and not to go down the same path of pollution, that so many other islands in the world seem to now be suffering.

It's so disheartening to see pockets of rubbish still littering the ground, but most frustratingly, the damage caused to the health of the locals and visitors by the continual burning of plastic and other hazardous waste.

I awoke at 3am this morning to find our home full of toxic smoke which burnt my eyes...having to pull the sheet over my head to breathe. Why is this still happening I ask myself? When recycling is readily available to everyone here now. Please to all the beautiful people of Rarotonga and visitors.. Keep your paradise clean.. inside and out..you’re so worth it!

            Anonymous

            (Name and address supplied)

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