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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - City of Mandeville, Mandeville, USA

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City of Mandeville, Mandeville, USA
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Registered: January 2020
City/Town/Province: Mandeville
Posts: 1
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I would like to think my love for nature came from where I was born, Benin, Nigeria. My family had a farm back in Nigeria and we grew a majoring of what we were going to eat. The sad part is I don't remember a lot from living there just little snippets of information since I moved when I was seven. The one thing I did keep in my memory was the delicious foods my mom would shower my brothers and me. It was so great that I became a picky eater when we move to the United States. I didn't like to eat any processed foods like fast food and I only like fruits and plain foods. This whole idea of wanting to only put what's best in my body lead me to love nature so much. From staring at the brightest Louisianan trees to drinking Hibiscus tea, which is also my favorite flower. In Africa, I would walk to school which leads my interest in walking to the schools in Mandeville during the weekends when I had nothing to do. Every time I walk outside it felt like the trees became endless engulfing my Louisianan city. In Benin, we didn't have the vastly green trees like the United States has and growing. And I was very curious about them even to this day.
For my clean up, I focused around a Louisianan tradition that has lasted for over 300 years, Mardi Gras. This holiday with its excitement, bead throwing, and parades caused a lot of mess in the aftermath despite the immense fun. So I decided with a group of my friends we would get together and help clean up after the local parade when the cleaning trucks missed. There were mardi gras beads and alcohol bottles still all over the roads and on the grasslands along the roads. The toys from the parade could be seen stuck in trees and in the ditches and drains all over the city. It looked like the city became a giant "funfetti" cake you see in stores. Yes, the city of Mandeville that was always pristine was not after these parades.
We look at lots of trash bags, gloves, what I call trash grippers and reflective vests and when to work. We spread all around the city with the intention of mostly cleaning up the trees and the ditches where animals could easily consume them. We didn't want more animals to be endangered like the brown pelicans in Louisiana. The white pelicans could always be seen in the ditches and near the lake in the city and we just wanted to protect them. The clean up was not only good for the animals but also for the drivers on the roads so accidents could be prevented. We as humans live in an ecosystem along with the animals and plants; so when one part of the ecosystem is endangered especially because of human intervention it is important for people to come together and help clean up the community so the entire ecosystem doesn't collapse. Everyone wants to be breathing the freshest air possible provide by the trees it is important to take care of the trees because they are vital to our own health.
This Apprentice Ecologist Project made me feel so happy because there would not be as many dead animals on the side of the road especially because of the city-wide parade. I would also be able to walk around the city without stepping on beads and toys. I can now look up at the trees and see the beautiful green leaves, not a tree adorned with colorful beads. Doing this and see the smiles of people's faces as they drove by seeing children who love and want to protect their city so much makes me feel joy. I got to experience a little bit of my future in wanting to save people with the countless animals we save after the Mardi Gras parades in the City of Mandeville.
Date: January 1, 2020 Views: 1275 File size: 14.9kb, 320.2kb : 1331 x 699
Hours Volunteered: 108
Volunteers: 36
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 to 18
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