Theater and puppets: strategy for environmental education

In line with its commitment to build a world without waste, the Coca-Cola Foundation leads initiatives and actions to raise awareness, environmental education and sustainability to advance its corporate objective of collecting and recycling 100% of the packaging that is introduced into the world by 2030. the market.

One of them is the ‘Free Beaches, Zero Trash’ project, in alliance with the Natura Foundation, which seeks to involve the community in caring for the beaches, mitigating the pollution problem and reducing practices that degrade marine-coastal ecosystems. .

Environmental education on solid waste management and the dissemination of responsible and sustainable practices have been a pillar for ‘Free beaches, zero waste’. For this reason, during the fifteen months of execution of the project, different strategies have been implemented to integrate youth groups and educational institutions through alliances so that some students can do their social service with the program, learning about solid waste management, recycling , coastal marine ecosystems, plastic footprint, among other issues that they can later amplify in their institutions and communities.

An example of the above is Bahía Solano (Chocó), a place where the first activities aimed especially at young people in the region began, including a group of 176 students belonging to 3 educational institutions, who will do their social service with the project. Likewise, within the framework of the alliance, four workshops were held with a total of 97 participants belonging to the Luis López de Mesa Educational Institution of Ciudad Mutis, the Santa Teresita Superior Normal School of El Valle, the Agricultural Institute of El Valle and Palmas del Pacífico, a youth group from Ciudad Mutis.

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“Script writing workshops were held for puppet presentations as a tool to raise awareness about the importance of marine-coastal ecosystems and solid waste management,” said Edgar Molina, local manager of Bahía Solano. “These spaces were aimed at people over 14 years of age, a population that plays an important role, since they allow the actions to endure, because they are the future and the option to change. The more we empower them, the more certainty we will have that the messages in favor of environmental well-being and the harmony of man and nature will be present in the actions that they replicate”, he added.

The workshops, directed by Daniela Robledo, began with a session to learn writing techniques for the construction of the script for the homemade puppet play. Throughout the training day, the expert encouraged young people to cut, fold and tie old t-shirts to create and shape the characters. At the end of the day, the curtain was opened to learn about the stories of the homemade puppets created by the young people, which personified turtles, whales, forest and migratory species to give way to reflections on life and biodiversity.

“Artistic activities increase the perception of the environment and, at the same time, generate in the student a flexibility of thought to be able to interpret the world around him. The learning of artistic education is based on the observation of the problems of pollution by solid waste in the sea and then reproduce them in the most exact way possible and being more aware of the actions to develop against the same problem”, he assured. Catalina Ospina, head of the project from the Fundación Natura.

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“Integrating them is a great challenge due to the distractions that have separated them from some realities of their territory. The dynamics that they are experiencing today are not the same as we were before, so we must rethink and redesign strategies to capture their attention towards conservation activities and sustainable and responsible development, such as recycling,” concluded Molina.

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