The Justice Friday series continued at Saint Mary’s on Sept. 4, with a talk on sustainability by sophomore Kristhel Torre. The discussion, titled “How SMC Students Contribute to Environmental Problems and What We Can Do About It,” focused on minimizing trash output and practicing a sustainable lifestyle.Torre said the problem resulted from an excess amount of trash being produced. In response, the consumers need to find alternative ways of disposal, she said.“The problem is we’re entirely producing way too much waste, very unnecessary waste in the world from food waste, containers, things that we don’t take into consideration that we can reuse or give away to someone else instead of just throwing it away in the trash,” Torre said.“I was looking through the trash cans around school and was looking at what was in it, if people were putting stuff in there that could be recycled or could have been used in a different way,” Torre said. “I saw a lot of cardboard and papers and water bottles that could have easily been put towards the recycling and not contributing towards the landfills.”Torre said the average American produces more than four pounds of waste per day. In a three-person household, 90 pounds of trash are produced per week, not including recycling.“I’m really passionate about this and saw this as a problem,” she said. “Especially in the United States because we are producing all this stuff but we aren’t really consuming everything. … We don’t take it into consideration how we could reuse it or find other ways to use it.”Trash not only affects lakes and rivers but also animals, Torre said. She gave the example of the penguin Lovelace from the movie “Happy Feet” and how a plastic six-pack ring was fastened around his neck.“Some people find that humorous, he is a cartoon, but once you take that into perspective, you see real life events where that is happening all the time, where, for example, an animal is caught in a plastic bag,” Torre said.“For our trash to affect all these animals, not just our animals but our environment … it just puts it into perspective,” she said. “All of this trash that we are putting out there, we could minimize that. We have to be a little more cautious about the stuff that we are using. … Our trash is not just going in the landfills … it’s affecting more than we think.”Torre asked the audience why Saint Mary’s students don’t recycle when there are recycle bins on every floor of the dormitories.“People know cardboard can be recycled and water bottles can be recycled, why are they not doing that?,” Torre said. “We have recycle bins on every floor. Is it because it’s far from your room?”Junior Maranda Pennington said a reason students don’t recycle might be that they don’t have to deal with the direct consequences.“When people don’t have to deal with the direct consequences right then, and they can live in their happy state and not realize what they are doing affects other people and the environment … they don’t take an initiative or care,” Pennington said.Torre defined sustainability as taking what is needed now without jeopardizing the potential for future generations.“Landfills keep filling up and we keep manufacturing more and more,” Torre said. “Let’s take an initiative … making sure we know where our trash is going.”The Justice Friday series takes place every Friday from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Student Center.Tags: animals, Justice Fridays, recycling, saint mary’s, sustainability
Alex Kimeli of Kenya managed to beat over 6000 Ghanaians on Friday to emerge as the champion of the 26th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon. He took home GHs 10,000 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD as his prize.The 27 year old made a time of 2 hours 25 minutes 42 seconds in 42.2km race which started from ‘The Point’ in Nungua barrier through the principal streets of Accra to the finishing point at the Alhaji Sly Teteh Park in Dansoman.Yandel Joseph of Ghana Police Service and Seth Nuamah Boadi of University of Education Winneba were awarded GHs 7.000 and GHs 5,000 for placing second and third respectively.In the female division, Elizabeth Bortsor of Ghana Police Service won the first position with a price of GHs 10,000 and products of Nestle Ghana LTD. Gifty Abbey of Ghana Prisons Service had GHs 7,000 after placing second, while Josephine Kwakye of Ghana Police Service went home with a price of GHs 5,000 for taking the third position.In under 15 category, which covered 5kms from New Times Cooperation to the same finishing point in Dansoman saw Mustapha Alhassan from the Ashanti Region being awarded a cash prize of GHs 1,200 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD for the first place while Seyram Sebgefia from the Volta Region and Philip Apuri from Upper East Region placed second and third and respectively received GHs 800 and GHs 500 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD.Sakat Lariba from the Upper East Region couldn’t hide her joy for winning the girls division with a price of GHS1, 200 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD. Jessica Amevor from Volta Region work hard to occupy the second position with a price of GHs800 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD. Sandra Sapei of Upper East managed to win GHs500 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD for placing third. According to the organizers, Voltic Ghana Limited will supply all the under listed winners mineral water for a year.In an interview with Asempa Sports, Madam Marilyn Agyeiwaa Ofori, Assistant Brand Manageress of Beverages in Nestle Ghana LTD, the organizers, said although they encounter some challenges, they were very impressed with every aspect of the event and promised to improve on it in next year’s edition.She added that they are planning to make provisions for all the winners to compete in other marathon competition around the world in order to showcase to the rest of the world what athletes who pass through the Accra Milo Marathon are made of.She noted that the under 15 category would be organized at the regional level, next year, to select about 20 runners from reach region before the grand finale in Accra for them to identify many talented runners from the grassroots to compete.This year’s edition recorded much controversy due to the intention of the many runners trying to cheat to their favor but the organizers did so well to prevent them.