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Notties Earth Heroes!

Left to right, Seluleko Molefe, Buyisani Dlamini, Nhlakanipho Molefe and Sbongiseni Dlamini (all current or past Shea O’Connor School pupils); front is Rylan Grimaldi, a pupil at Clifton Notties. They were part of a group who conducted a clean-up in Nottingham Road on Saturday.

All over the world, the youth are voicing their concerns for their future on this planet, and our little corner of the world is getting on board.

“We cannot continue disregarding the impact that we have on our environment and each and every one of us can do our bit. These four young adults (picture, top) pitched in to remove the litter from the sidewalks in Nottingham Road,” wrote Jennifer Hindle, one of the driving forces behind the recently established Earth Route Market held in Nottingham Road each Saturday morning.

Eager “Earthling” Rylan, just 7 years old (a pupil at Clifton Prep School Nottingham Road), was not going to be left behind, having left his stash of his own farm-raised chicken eggs for sale at the Earth Route Market.

Meeting at the market, at Nottingham Road Farmers’ Hall, at 7.30am on the last Saturday of every month, this clean-up initiative is open to all concerned villagers who wish to raise awareness of how litter detracts from the beauty of the town, pollutes storm water drains, flows into rivers, kills the wildlife and harms sensitive ecosystems.

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At least 12 bags of litter were collected on the first day, this past Saturday.

“We have a recycling depot in the centre of town which could be better utilised. We are hoping our Earth Heroes will entice more young people from the community to get involved … so if you wonder who is behind the posters dotted around town – know that our youth are on to it,” wrote Jennifer.

More info on the market, which takes place each Saturday from 7.30am, here:

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