Empowering sustainability: The impact of student engagement in Cacao planting for waste reduction and environmental awareness

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Empowering sustainability: The impact of student engagement in Cacao planting for waste reduction and environmental awareness

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This research study examines the impact of student engagement in cacao tree planting initiatives on waste reduction and environmental awareness at CSU Lasam, Philippines. The objective was to assess students’ perceptions and experiences after participating in the project. A total of 61 students from various degree programs were involved in the cacao tree planting activities and were surveyed to gauge their level of participation and perception. The findings indicate a significantly positive impact of student engagement in cacao tree planting on waste reduction and environmental awareness. The students reported feeling more knowledgeable about cacao tree planting and believed that it contributes to waste reduction. Their participation in the initiative heightened their environmental awareness and fostered a sense of accomplishment and pride. As a result of their involvement, the students expressed being motivated to adopt more sustainable practices in their daily lives and felt a sense of responsibility towards environmental sustainability. Thematic analysis of the students’ experiences further supported these positive outcomes. Through cacao tree planting, students gained a deeper understanding of environmental issues and developed a personal connection to their campus environment. This newfound appreciation for nature inspired them to advocate for environmental conservation. Student engagement in cacao tree planting for waste management and environmental awareness is a valuable strategy for promoting sustainability and empowering students to become responsible stewards of the environment. The integration of such initiatives into educational settings can contribute to building a greener and more environmentally conscious future for CSU Lasam and beyond.

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