Rocco Antonio da Silva from Somerset West inspiring youngsters and adults in his community to be cautious of environment conservation. He formed a club called The Future Kids, which aims to create awareness online and conduct monthly clean-ups at beaches in the Western Cape.
The 11-year-old was tired of seeing litter on beaches. Becoming part of the club requires kids and adults to commit to attending monthly clean-ups. He hopes to reach his environmental cleanup goals by creating awareness about pollution and recycling and by helping the youth in his area get more involved.
In 2019, da Silva won the 2019 PETCO Waste Reduction Youth Warrior award. He won the award because of his efforts to clean up the environment and protect our sea life. The youth warrior category of the PETCO awards recognizes the role of youth in driving positive recycling behaviour and contributing to the awareness and understanding among South African consumers of issues pertaining to waste reduction, reuse and recycling.