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Environment Department opens “Trash Challenge” for Environment Week

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 15/05/2019

The Department of Environment under the Ministry of MEIDECC has kicked off a “Trash Challenge” competition as part of their initiatives leading up to this year’s Tonga National Environment week.

There are several similar initiatives for cleanup campaigns around Tonga but this challenge is different because part of the competition will be online.

Chief Environmentalist – Mafile’o Masi – believes this new competition is a more effective way of getting the public to participate in the campaign and will also raise more awareness with the social media use.

She says this is a good opportunity for these groups not only to win some prizes by participating, but to also work together to tackle the problem of pollution in our environment.

The “Trash Challenge” opened yesterday and groups are now allowed to register until the 21st of May then they will have until May 28th to upload their challenge photos or videos showing the clean-up site, before and after their work, for it to be judged.

Forty percent of the judging will be based on the number of likes on Social Media then the remaining 60% will be based on the department judges on site inspection.

This challenge is in addition to the secondary school’s quiz run by the department which will have their semi-finals tomorrow. The challenge and the quiz will conclude on Environment week from the 2nd to the 8th of June.


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