Students plant mangrove seedlings, clean foreshore

Students of St Josephs Secondary School brave the hot sun to plant mangroves at the Suva Foreshore yesterday. Picture MATILDA SIMMONS

STUDENTS of St Joseph’s Secondary School planted mangrove seedlings at the Nasese foreshore in Suva yesterday.

Supported by their parents and guardians, students also cleaned up the foreshore area, picking up rubbish and debris left by people and the tide.

School principal Jacqueline Low said the initiative was purely an idea generated by the students.

Parent Lavenia Sai said the project would build the resiliency of communities towards addressing the effects of climate change.

Ms Sai said she was proud to see young women from the school take a leading stance in addressing climate change.

“I am proud that my daughter is part of this innovative group of young women who are concerned about what is happening around them,” she said.

Another parent, Isapeti Rafai, said the clean-up was a good time for parents and children to come out in numbers and embrace nature.

Ms Rafai said the mangroves planted yesterday would protect the foreshore area from being washed away by the rising tidal waters.

The project was initiated by young eco-champ, Ann Mary Raduva whose effort was supported by the school.

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