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Meet our 2018 Earth Champion

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19 March 2018
From the story of the ‘Enormous Turnip’ in primary school, I noticed at an early age my environmental inquisitiveness and how environmental related topics appealed to me more than fairy tales. Growing up, I have always been interested in animals and the unique characteristics of the earths diversity. This grew my passion for environmental protection.
 
The sad reality is that when someone talks about the environment, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is rivers, lakes and national parks somewhere far away. This notion distances us from our immediate surroundings. It then becomes difficult to think of how you can protect or care for something you are not directly linked to. Efforts to be part of conserving nature conservation or wildlife you have never seen becomes difficult. This is why, for me I have perceive the environment to the air that I breathe, the trees, the birds flying around, the insects and so on. With this, it is easy for me to understand the effects of air pollution when I think of not breathing the clean air that I now consciously breathe.
 
With this realization, from the moment I wake up in the morning, I am conscious about how much water I use when brushing my teeth and bathing because I know water doesn’t just come from the tap. I try to eat whole foods for my personal environment, my body. I read labels of products and I’m willing to spend a few extra Kwachas to get something that is organic. I started a really small 2x1m garden where I grow vegetables for my consumption and since I’m a student moving from home to school, I have potted plants. Caring for my plants and vegetables, watering and ensuring that they are healthy has really developed my passion for environmental protection and for the earth as a whole. It has taught me that I can make a difference for the Earth and I know I’m connected.
 
Sopani Muzumara
Student
Earth Champion

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