Environmental protection should start young

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 June, 2006, 12:00am

It's common for schools to ask their students to recycle old newspapers, soft drink cans and other rubbish.

But students should be told not to create so much rubbish in the first place. Then, they should be taught how to classify rubbish and be responsible for it.

Most students will only recycle old newspapers because teachers tell them to.

Environmental protection should start in kindergarten. Teachers should make young children aware of the issue and once children have developed this habit, it will continue to primary school, secondary school and their future.

HUI HIU-YU Thanks for your letter, Hiu-yu. I totally agree with you that environmental education is very important and should be taught from an early age.

Children should learn that it's everyone's responsibility to protect the environment and that our planet is in danger. If they blindly follow teachers' instructions, they will soon forget.

Think about how much rubbish you create every day - the plastic bags you discard, the food you throw away, the clothes you chuck out . . . the list goes on.

Start today, cut down on the rubbish you create!

Helen, Chief Sub-Editor