Palau Celebrates Earth Day With Coastal Cleanup

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More than 100 students, volunteers participate in event

By Peter Erick L. Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, April 21, 2015) – Palau opened its 2015 Earth Day celebration with a coastal cleanup last April 18 with over 100 students and volunteers who participated.

According to Kulie Rengulbai of EQPB and who also is the chairperson for this year’s event, the coastal cleanup activity is done every year and this year they decided to have it within Koror.

Among those who participated in the clean up were students from Koror Elementary School, Emmaus High School, Mindszenty High School and Palau High School together with the youths from Ikelau, members of the CAT 84-03, personnel from the office of the President, Bureau of Marine Resource, EQPB, Palau Visitors Authority and Ministry of Education.

"It was a good turn out of volunteers and we are very thankful for their participation in giving back to the community and to mother Earth," Rengulbai said.

She added that aside from the coastal cleanup, other activities have been lined up such as the walk and run event on April 22.

Registration will open at 4:30 a.m. while race will start at 5 a.m. The race will have its route from the Long Island Park to Bethlehem Park and Back.

Rengulbai said that registration fee is for free and interested participants must show up and sign up for the event.

After the walk and run event, there will be the premier of a documentary, which the National Geographic Channel has produced. The premier will be held at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center from 6 to 9 p.m. and admission is for free.

"This is open to the public and we will have the members of the leadership of Palau from the national government to the state government and members of the Traditional Chiefs present for this premier," Rengulbai added.

She stressed that the event will also have the Earth Day and Green Fair on April 24 also at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center. This year’s theme is "It’s Our Turn to Lead."

This year is considered at the 45th year anniversary of Earth Day and could be the most exciting year in environmental history. This is the year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands.

The year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty. The year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions. These are tough issues but we know what’s at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth. On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.

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