In a country where the attitude of people to their environment is mostly lackadaisical, Doyinsola Ogunye stands out for her remarkable work.
Doyinsola is the founder of the Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children, an initiative aimed at teaching children about the importance of taking care of the environment. MEDIC’s vision is to create a cleaner, more habitable, more united world, where children are the purifiers and the spear-head of the revolution.
Growing up, Doyinsola played on the shorelines of Lagos State with sand and sand castle toys. While at the university, she always desired to study and relax at the beach but was always put off by the dirt. So, she decided to take action.
She gathered volunteers to clean the beach and sort the recyclable waste. Every week, they collect about 50 large sacks of litter.
With the belief that change starts with the young, Doyinsola founded Kids Beach Garden, a place where kids come to learn about the environment whilst cleaning. Although, Doyinsola trained as a lawyer, she wants to be known for passing on her passion for the environment to the next generation.
Asides from cleaning public beaches, Doyinsola is also rescuing sea turtles. In her chat with BBC, she said that many of the baby sea turtles that hatch on the shore die because of the conditions of the beaches.
“Right now the sea turtles are eating more plastic than even food. That’s basically what’s been killing sea turtles,” she said.
According to Doyinsola, it is important that people living in coastal communities, especially those that depend on fishing, are educated about the need to preserve the creatures because they stand to lose a lot if sea turtles are wiped out.
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