The conversation around protecting our environment will make no meaning if young people are not part of it.

Nations are taking pragmatic actions in getting young people involved in talks around the peril our paradise, planet Earth, is predisposed to should we allow widespread depletion of the ozone layer. Emission of poisonous gases, deforestation, bush burning, timber logging, poor refuse disposal and blocking water ways are harmful practices that nature bitterly frowns at.

In a bid to raise awareness and guide affirmative action in conserving the environment, the Sierra Leone Debating Council’s 5th National Inter-Collegiate Debate critically looked and assessed the role of citizens and government in protecting our environment. Colleges/Universities across Sierra Leone weighed in the conversation and made significant recommendations.

This was made possible under the Distinguished Patronage of the Mayor of the Freetown City Council, Her Worship, Yvonne Aki Sawyer. Her good offices hosted the conversation at the new Freetown City Council’s Auditorium.

EPA, TACUGAMA CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY and other bodies graced the event and made calls for urgent action in protecting our environment.

The UNIVERSITY OF MAKENI (UNIMAK), Oxford of the North and greater Sierra Leone, won the DR DURAMANY-LAKKOH TROPHY as the Best Debating Institution while NJALA UNIVERSITY bagged the best speaker award for the event.

The event was well attended by university students and school pupils.

This platform was supported by the Freetown City Council, University of Sierra Leone, Rokel Commercial Bank, Africell SL and Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

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