#SaveTheEarth: Meet Mark Yaw Addo, The UEW Student Championing The Fight Against Plastic Waste

“Brighten the corner where you are”. And yes, Mark Yaw Addo, a level 400 student of the University of Education, Winneba did brighten his ‘little corner’ thus the Tamale Presbyterian Senior High School – where he had his internship. It didn’t take long for the students to notice……..”don’t joke with Sir, else he will make you pick up the plastic wastes as well as sachets”, these students funnily whispered among themselves. Of course, when you set out to save the world, the world will duly recognize you.

On 7th January, 2020, Mark Yaw Addo, who doubles up as the Executive Director of Impact Bloc and a student of the University of Education, Winneba got honoured with a National Award on Working towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a plastic waste reuse project dubbed, “EcoBlock”, which seeks to champion 7 ( 3,6,11,13,14,15,17) of the 17 SDGs at the School Of Law Auditorium- Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology (KNUST).

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Mark Yaw Addo proudly displaying his award

The 7 SDGs championed by Mr. Mark Addo are listed below:

I.SDG 3- Good Health and Well being
ii. SDG 6 – Clean water and Sanitation
iii. SDG 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities
iv. SDG 13- Climate Action
v. SDG 14- Life Below Water
vi. SDG 15- Life On Land
Vii. SDG 17- Partnership for Goals

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The Award Scheme honored Young People Leading change and doing great exploits in line of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

What’s “Ecoblock”?

Ecoblock is formed purely from plastic waste. Plastic bottles and sachet bags as well as anything rubber are reused to create the “Block” which is used as lawns to beautify the environment, build structures and also to check erosion.

Below are images of Mark Yaw Addo together with his students teaming up to produce “Ecoblock”.

Voila! An EcoBlock is born

He strongly believes in joining the fight against the negative impact and threat plastic wastes pose to the earth.

Source: EonlineGH.com