Youth Create Viable Environmental Solutions in UDC Competition
Members of Camperdown High School’s team which emerged winners in the secondary category in the 2015/16 staging of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Schools Environmental Competition displaying their awards. The team copped the top prize with their sargassum (seaweed) project which saw them extracting thyroxin and iodine from seaweed and creating an insecticide, as well as a plant fertilizer. The aim was to develop an environmentally friendly and economically viable means of controlling the excessivedeposits of seaweed along the island’s beaches. The UDC stages the competition each year to increase environmental awareness and to engage students in finding solutions to issues affecting the natural environment. Prizes were awarded at the recently held My Croc Adventure & Friends crocodile conservation and environmental fair at Hope Zoo.