Firm donates books to Lagos school, advises on how to protect enviroment
The event, which held at the auditorium of the school, attracted personalities from the environment and research organisations across the state.
Addressing the pupils and guests, President of Ecologistics Integrated Services Ltd, Dr. Paul Abolo, told the audience that sustainable consumption and production means using resources either to bring one satisfaction or to produce something else without necessarily using that resource in such a way that would cause problems to the user, other people or the environment; and using it in such a way that it is not going to be wasteful.
Abolo expatiated: “Very simple examples: you buy a banana and eat it so that it can satisfy your hunger and taste (consumption); and you throw the banana peel on the road. Someone steps on the banana peel and falls, hurting himself; and then the banana peel is blown into the gutter by flood and ends up blocking the drainage. Here, the banana consumption gives you satisfaction but your attitude in using it has caused some else harm; and has also caused harm to the environment. When you consume the banana and properly dispose the peel in such a way that it does not cause harm to someone else or the environment, you are said to be undergoing sustainable consumption.”
He however, cautioned the pupils to handle the books we care so that the books will still be useful to their juniors and other pupils. “Now, let us talk about books. How you use your books in such a way that it helps you to fulfill the purpose – to gain knowledge and pass your exams; without using it in such a way that it would cause litter or be usable by some other persons, is called sustainable consumption.”
Going forward, Abolo gave the pupils some tips on how the books can be handled. “When you give out the books, someone else would not have to go and buy the book. As we know, books are made from paper, and paper is made from wood and wood comes from trees. When you use your books well and hand it to others who need them and don’t have to buy, you are indirectly preventing a tree from being cut down to make another book. This is sustainable consumption.
“Today, we are donating used books to you; as a demonstration of sustainable consumption. These books should be properly used and handled in such a way that others can also use them after you have finished using them.”
Abolo also encouraged the pupils to learn the act of giving, because sustainable consumption is tied to giving. “When you give, you receive more; and when you receive more, you are empowered to give more. I leave you with the story of a man who did not know how to give. He only knew how to receive.
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