On Tuesday, 23 October, the School of El Rodeo, located in the Central Valley of San José, Costa Rica, received two recycling stations and one compost tumbler, as a donation from Mora Limpia & Sostenible (Clean & Sustainable Mora), a regional initiative designed to improve deteriorating ecological conditions in the County of Mora. The school, which is situated just a hundred meters from the University for Peace, had been trying to become certified under Bandera Azul (Blue Flag), a national programme designed to promote environmental conservation, but was lacking a key recycling programme requirement. When MLS discovered this, it set out to raise money to help create the school’s very first recycling programme.
A workshop to teach the students on the importance of recycling and how to recycle was carried out by Mario Guel, founder of Mora Limpia y Sostenible, ECI Youth Coordinator, Christine Lacayo, and ECI intern, Eglantine Olivry along with other Upeace students. The day was filled with curios questions and occasional laughter, as the children enthusiastically participated in the interactive workshop on solid and organic waste management. MLS started as an internship project back in January 2018, but has transformed into a long-term endeavor that seeks to promote both environmental sustainability and ecotourism opportunities across the County of Mora using the Earth Charter as a guideline and an educational tool. Currently, its pilot focuses on creating a sustainable waste management programme in El Rodeo and Ciudad Colón via community engagement, education on the UNSDGs and strategic partnerships.