On Thursday, The Belize Coalition To Save Our Natural Heritage, along with COLA, gave away school bags filled with school supplies. The recipients were 20 primary school students from both north and southside Belize city. Rochelle Reneau communications and research officer shares more.
Rochelle Reneau – Communications and Research Officer:
The Coalition is partnering with COLA. We’re trying to give back to the community. School is opening soon and this is the perfect opportunity for us to show our support for education. Education plays a major role in what we do. Our future lies in our students of today. We feel that education is important. Today we’re just giving back school supplies. We have exercise books, pens, pencils, water bottles, also some backpacks. So we will give these to the kids. Hopefully it’s something that will excite them and motivate them to look forward to the new school year.
COLA is an executive member of the Belize coalition and both organizations stand committed to fight against offshore drilling. Treasurer for COLA, Edward Young tells us that COLA remains committed in the fight to protect the environment and a sustainable oil industry – but that Thursday’s event is to demonstrate that the organization is also about people.
Edward Young – Treasurer for COLA:
As a member of the Coalition, COLA does believe in a sustainable, well-developed oil industry, balanced with the environment. But today the emphasis should be about our students which are into school, as schools reopen. We in the city are plagued, not only on the Southside but in the North-side as well, with parents going through difficult times when it comes to school reopening. So COLA and the Coalition have joined together to assist in this small way, with half of the donations going to kids from the Southside and another half from the North-side, because poverty is across the city. So we’re trying to do our best to ensure that as many of our young people return to school as possible.
The Belize coalition and COLA say that they are committed to help Belize establish a ban on offshore oil drilling.