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Adults may be a lost cause but children could learn

I would like to endorse the article written by Dr Dario Pontiggia (Neapolis University, Paphos) about the accumulation of rubbish everywhere in Cyprus.  I have just returned from visiting 14 different countries in the Far East and I have observed a direct correlation between the level of societal development and the amount of rubbish seen along the roadside.  If Cyprus wants to attract more tourists and investors it needs to upgrade its image.  Getting adults to stop throwing rubbish away inappropriately might be a lost cause but all school children need to be made aware that such uncivilised actions harms their future and should not be tolerated.
The former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, was equally keen to tackle the insidious problem of graffiti.  I saw very little graffiti on my travels and again foreigners will ponder the lack of Cypriot pride when they see so many walls covered with unsightly daubs and rude words.  Strong leadership is needed to ensure that army recruits, football fans, older school children, public servants are all involved in tackling this blight.  To reach its full potential, Cyprus needs to make sure that such anti-social behaviour is relegated to a thing of the past.
Jocelyne Humphrey, Limassol

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