The problem has a root cause, attack from the root.

Joshua Oyedele
Posted October 9, 2021 from Nigeria

Hello Family, I was filling an application form on peacefirst.org platform, where I came across this question paraphrase: "Who are the root cause of the injustice you want to solve" then I began to think deep who are really the root cause of this climate change/crisis, then I remembered what one of our facilitators said during his presentation in my just concluded webinar: "Because the waste that we find littered all around our surroundings did not magically appear there" (Temitope Ishola) we are the ones that put those waste there. Then I decided to run a campaign on "Waste Management and Recycling Campaign" in 10 schools, in October and November. I started our Waste Management and Recycling Campaign on the 6th October, 2021 at Ubec Model Secondary School Itigidi, ABI local government area, Cross River State. It was really amazing. One and half hour of learning how to manage waste better with practical section. We made a pencil holder from disc, we made a pair of earrings, bracelet and necklace from plastic bottles cap (HD-PE). The students enjoyed every bit of the training. I had the opportunity to talk on the 3Rs of waste management (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). I will be reaching 10 schools all together in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. My goal is to reach over 1500 students exposing them to waste management and ways to Upcycle/Recycle them. 

Thanks to those that has been supporting the project this far. I welcome every idea/advice that can help the project reach more audience, and every form of support and collaboration. 

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Adriana Leigh G.
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Joshua, thank you for sharing this inspiring work! I would love to see those pictures of earrings made from plastic bottle caps! I love this transformative work you are doing - something that was perceived as trash becomes decorative, and beautiful and renewed and transformed into something new entirely, while loving the earth. It is powerful work. Keep on sharing this work Joshua, it is fabulous.

Adriana

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 13
Oct 13

thanks so much Adriana, so sorry for the late response, I have been preparing for an exhibition. I will share the pictures as soon as we rap up the exhibition.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 10
Oct 10

Dear Joshua,
This is what stands out to me: "I came across this question: "Who are the root cause of the injustice you want to solve" then I began to think deep...". You take the time to think about what you can do, and then you do it! Congrats dear brother.

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 13
Oct 13

Thanks so much Tamarack, it's so essential to know what the root cause is to have a life time change. Thanks again

rebecca.tang
Oct 10
Oct 10

Thank you for sharing. You project is really meaningful and inspiring. It is good to do more education for students that can help them the habits starting when they are young. Also, you can consider to do some roadshows to increase the public awareness. On the other hand, you can consider to setup more workshops how we can the recycling, etc.
Please keep the great work on! May Almighty God bless you all!

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 13
Oct 13

Amen, thanks so much Rebecca. I'm looking forward to partner with people, this will enable me expand my reach.

Thanks again

megsmueller
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Joshua
Lovely work! I also see the audience who are captivated by your teachings. Thank you for reaching out to our children. I love redevelopment and transformation, and of course, ART! Thank you for your eco-friendliness :)

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 13
Oct 13

Thanks so much Megsmueller for stopping by. It's important to reach out to the children as we approach believe they are the future of tomorrow.

Regina Afanwi Young
Oct 15
Oct 15

Hello Joshua, thanks for your write up. You are right about always targetting the root cause of any problem you want to solve. You are doing such important work dear. Keep it up. Looking forward to reading and learning more on your initiative. I hope you are well keeping well and safe.
Sending you love from Cameroon

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 25
Oct 25

Thank you so much Regina Young. I'm well and safe, hope you are too?

jomarieb.earth
Oct 24
Oct 24

Dear Joshua,
It is great to show the children what can be done to recycle.
I also encourage you to select the "one" item that you can educate the children with that is the greatest problem. The plastic bag. It is the world's greatest menace and challenge.
You can bring with you a simple bag that you made for the market to demonstrate, reusable vs plastic.
Also, you can/should be the leader of change in Nigeria on the plastic bag ban.
Rwanda did it. And so did Kenya. Nigeria only prohibits the manufacturing of the plastic bags.
Life after Plastics: Rwanda lessons...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31dVxZ9YZWw
Kenya, This country banned plastic bags - BBC Newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEpkkogDCdY
AFRICA LEADING THE GLOBAL PLASTIC BAGS BAN CAMPAIGN...https://www.fairplanet.org/story/africa-leading-the-global-plastic-bags-...
Bravo to you! JoMarie

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 25
Oct 25

Wow, thanks so much JoMarieB. Thanks for the advice and the resources will check them out ASAP

Kika Katchunga
Nov 01
Nov 01

Hello,

proud of you Josue; I really love your work it's really beautiful .thank you for sharing and good luck