By Evie Andreou
SCHOOL children cornered MPs yesterday during a discussion on environmental matters and for demanding actions.
To commemorate the Environment week and the World Environment Day which is today, students of the 6th Aglandja Elementary School visited parliament and met with the members of the House environment committee in the presence of the Environment commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and the head of the government’s Environment department Costas Hadjipanayiotou.
The students urged MPs to look into the matter of cars parked on pavements, asked for wider pavements and crossings and for the construction of a bicycle shed in their school.
They also asked for the completion of a bicycle track arguing that it was the only reason they took the bus to visit the parliament instead of riding their bikes there.
The MPs were also informed of their school’s green activities such as the creation of a green area, tree planting, the creation of an organic garden and a recycling programme.
“Children have held us to account once more,” said Adamos Adamou, chairman of the environment committee and added that children are tough critics. He congratulated the children on their environmental sensitivities and their teachers for their efforts toward that end and said that the aim is the students’ environmental awareness which can also be rubbed off on their parents and society.
Earlier in the day, the Federation of Environmental Organisations (OPKO) handed the House environment committee with a declaration saying that Cyprus’s biggest environmental issue is the ecological imbalance caused by the Turkish invasion and the on-going occupation.
OPKO expressed concerns on the construction of terminals for the transfer and process of natural gas, for the promotion of works that are not congruous with sustainable development and for the consequences of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).