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Students Tattoo their Bottles for World Water Day

March 22, 2017, OTTAWA - To mark World Water Day on March 22, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) high schools are participating in “Tattoo your bottle”. As part of the CECCE’s waste reduction and sustainable development strategy, this activity aims to raise students’ awareness of the harmful effects of disposable plastic water bottles and encourage them to use reusable bottles.

This week, graffiti artists Dominique Boisvenue and Alexandre Aimée will facilitate graffiti workshops for CECCE high school students, who will then tattoo their own reusable water bottles. Over the lunch hour, the budding graffiti artists will set up booths to hand out the tattooed water bottles to students who pledge to avoid bottled water in favour of their unique new environmentally friendly bottles.

CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe is very proud of this initiative. “I want to congratulate all of the staff who are helping students understand why it is so important to take care of the planet the Creator has given us. The CECCE has 31 provincially certified EcoShools, more than any other French school board in Ontario. Activities like ‘Tattoo your bottle’ encourage students to become more mindful of their environment and their fellow human beings,” said Ms. Lacombe.  

“This activity is a wonderful way for CECCE students and staff to implement principles laid out in the sustainable development and ecocitizenship committee’s waste reduction strategy. When students pledge to avoid using disposable bottles in favour of reusable ones, they are growing into their role as engaged and ethical citizens,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.  

This initiative is part of the CECCE’s sustainable development and ecocitizenship plan. It is also aligned with the new concentration in Human and Planetary Health with a focus on climate change that will be offered at the beginning of the 2017 school year at the École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys high school pavilion in Kemptville. This unique specialized program will enable students to develop critical thinking skills around major social challenges involving the environment, health and sustainable development.

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