Basseterre: St. Kitts, Monday, November 08, 2021: A national radio awareness campaign entitled ‘Stop the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) launched on Monday, November 02, 2021 across the twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. This campaign aims at educating the general public about the existence and impacts of POPs on our livelihood and the physical environment.
The Science and Research Manager at the St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards, Dr. Marcus Natta explained what are POPs.
“Persistent Organic Pollutants are manmade organic materials. Primarily they are toxic chemicals that are pesticides, also industrial chemicals and those that are unintentionally produced through the byproducts of burning,” he said.
Mr. Noah Mills, Manager and Owner of Sen Consulting, is responsible for the promotion of the POPs campaign in the Federation. He noted, “POPs, meaning Persistent Organic Pollutants, could very well be hazardous to the environment and harmful to plants, animals and human beings. Apart from the awareness program, there is also a poetry and spoken word competition in which primary school and secondary school students can participate and win cash and other prizes.”
Interested students were informed that their poem should have at least 4- 6 verses.
Competition guidelines were shared with school principals and are available at schools locally. They were further advised that all poetry and spoken word pieces have a deadline of November 29th 2021. The finals of the poetry and spoken word competition is slated to be held on December 04, 2021 at the TDC Home and Building Depot, St. Kitts.