Raising Awareness about Garbage Prevention at That Luang Festival

From 20-25 Nov 2015, members of the Mobile Conservation Unit (MCU) of the National University of Laos and staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment raised the awareness of visitors of the That Luang Festival about garbage prevention and proper waste disposal. Light boxes presented ideas to reduce, recycle and reuse waste through the separation of household waste into wet and dry fractions.


The main message “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle” was communicated to point out the importance of preventing and managing the growing quantity of waste at the festival as well as in daily life. The activities followed an infotainment approach as factual information was combined with entertaining games and plays. This ensured the curiosity and engagement of festival visitors. The team toured the festival grounds to collect garbage, which drew a lot of attention. Team members involved festival on-lookers in discussions on different types of waste and the importance of recycling. At their booth, the team invited children to participate in a drawing contest about environmental conservation and involved them in a question and answers sessions.


Adults, too,  played several games facilitated by team members. For example, they estimated the weight of three garbage bins with contained the equivalent of garbage produced by a Vientiane citizen in one day, one week and one month . The ‘step-in-the-garbage-game’ illustrated positive and negative behavior regarding consumption and waste disposal. The booth itself was constructed like a shadow theater. A 10-meter mural made of light boxes told the story of two communities, one littering waste all over the place and the other one using good practices of waste management. Using the light boxes was an innovation that helped the team compete with the loudspeakers and music of other booths around the festival.


The activities at the That Luang Festival followed similar activities implemented by ProCEEd during last month’s Boat Racing Festival. They are part of a well-coordinated multi-year strategy supervised by MoNRE.



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