Mayor Noel Formosa and the San Lawrenz Community pull together to create a greener Gozo.
Noel Formosa has been Mayor of San Lawrenz for a whopping 27 years and since day one has made it his mission to provide a greener future to the community through empowerment, encouragement, and education. Noel is a man of his word. He is a changemaker and never fails to put his ideas into action.
We first met Noel last Spring (click to read the interview) and were totally inspired by his collective and forward-thinking eco approach. Fast forward one year and we meet again to find out more about the eco-friendly initiatives the San Lawrenz community have adopted and how you can make them a part of your daily lives too.
Five Ways The San Lawrenz Community Are Showing Up For A Sustainable Future.
1.) public drinking water
Aware of the urgent need to save our oceans, The San Lawrenz Local Council decided to embark on a campaign to avoid using single-use plastics as much as possible. The first initiative was to install a drinking water fountain in the main square. This has been well received and folk regularly fill their reusable water bottles averting the need to buy plastic.
2.) plastic free events
Prior to the pandemic when events were a regular thing, The San Lawrenz Local Council made the transition to ban single-use plastics at cultural events and activities. Saying no to plastic cups, cutlery, bags, and straws and opting for reusable, sustainable materials or recyclable options. Something they will continue to adopt when events start back up. Awesome!
Clean-ups are a regular activity for the San Lawrenz community. During their most recent organised event, participants were given reusable bottles as a gift for helping out. Bottles were filled up from the drinking water fountain in the main square before the event to emphasise the simple solution to avoid plastic bottle use going forward.
4.) reusable fruit and veg bags
As part of their ongoing campaign to stop the use of one-time plastic bags, the Council supplied the village grocery (‘The Central Store’) with a large supply of reusable mesh bags for fruit and vegetables to hand out to their customers. A great way to instill a different mindset and break this habit which is so detrimental to the environment.
5.) EDUCATION AT Dwejra Marine CentrE
The Dwejra Marine Information Centre in San Lawrenz is helping create mini agents of change by educating the local children on the huge and devastating impact of marine plastics. The centre organises many interactive activities and offers other educational resources throughout the year.
Keep in touch with the San Lawrenz community via their Faecbook Page.
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