Published on January 27th, 2016 | by admin
SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO HELP CONSERVE CHIMPANZEE HABITATS BY RECYCLING OLD MOBILES AND ACCESSORIES FOR THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA
To coincide with the Jane Goodall Institute’s International Mobile Phone Recycling Day (www.mobilerecyclingday.org) being celebrated around the world on 26 January, the Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) and MobileMuster launched a new campaign for schools to help fund conservation programs that protect great ape habitats in Africa by collecting old mobiles phones for reuse and recycling.
The mobile phone reuse and recycling campaign will run throughout Term 1 and is a great way for young Australians to learn about the importance of reuse and recycling and how their actions can help conserve critical forest habitats in Africa where chimpanzees and other great apes live.
Nancy Moloney, CEO of JGIA, said that it couldn’t be easier for schools to get involved. “Schools that join the campaign will receive a free collection box and pick-up service, posters to put up around their school and curriculum-linked teachers guides on habitat conservation and mobile phone life cycles”.
“They will also be invited to join Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots youth-led community action and education program. Roots & Shoots provides youth with a global network of people working to make a difference in more than 140 countries around the world. When you join Roots & Shoots, we will send a representative to visit your school to learn about animals and our environment. We will help you implement a campaign each term around recycling mobiles, reducing palm oil use and adopting a chimpanzee so you can truly make a difference”, she added.
Rose Read, Manager of MobileMuster said, “Our research shows there are more than 22.5 million unused and old mobiles lying idle around in homes across the nation ready for reuse and recycling.
“What we love about this initiative is that students learn about the importance of responsibly reusing and recycling mobile phones as well as raising funds for JGIA to continue their great work in conserving the habitats of chimpanzees and other great apes.”
World renowned for its efforts to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, JGIA’s campaign to mobilise the collection of unused mobile phones directly connects with the organisation’s mission to promote the conservation of chimpanzees and other great apes (as our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom) and, through our Roots & Shoots program, aim to empower the next generation to be socially and environmentally conscious citizens of our shared planet.
JGIA and MobileMuster are also working with a mobile phone reuse partner to ensure that any working mobiles will be resold and funds raised will be given to JGIA. Mobile phones and accessories that can’t be reused will be dismantled and recycled by MobileMuster, the only not-for-profit Government accredited mobile phone recycling program in Australia. MobileMuster will also give $2 per kilo for recycled mobiles and accessories to JGIA. Any data on the handsets will be removed before resale or destroyed in the recycling process.
For more information visit www.janegoodall.org.au/mobile-phone-recycling/