State of our environment competition
During September 2009, the Liesbeek Maintenance team were involved with the preparation for the State of our environment competition to be held at the Two Oceans Aquarium in October 2009. Participants had to identify every day environmental issues that affect them in their daily lives. They could either write a story or use visual effects, such as photos, a movie or a display to depict these environmental issues.
The Liesbeek maintenance team and Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA) team were tasked with coming up with creative ideas to depict the environmental issues they identified with. They settled on the idea of building scarecrows, using scrap material from KRCA, and decorated each of these scarecrows to represent an environmental issue. The scarecrow was chosen to call people’s attention as a symbol of “scary” problems that have been happening for a long time but that are still far from many people’s knowledge. Four scarecrows were made and they depicted the problems of litter, alien invasive vegetation, law enforcement and fire.
The team constructing the various scarecrows
This project will contribute to an increase in people’s environmental awareness and the potential public reach of this campaign can generate other projects with similar ideas and promote more assistance to environmental problems.