Every Day Is Earth Day Across Micronesia

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By Christy Sakaziro

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, April 26, 2016) – Their stories and their efforts remind us all that every day is Earth Day in Micronesia and conservation is a major part of life.

The Northern Mariana Islands Bureau of Environment and Coastal Quality, President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu of the Palau Coral Reef Center, FSM President Peter Christian and all Micronesia and Polynesia conservation organizations share their positive conservation efforts through social and news media.

The Federated States of Micronesia’s environmental leaders got together for a workshop on April 6-7 in Palikir, Pohnpei to promote the regional enforcement for a shark sanctuary while in the CNMI, BECQ conducted several activities to celebrate April as Environment Awareness Month.

Clarinda Ziegler of the Palau Protected Areas Network said Palau citizens began Earth Day with a community-wide coastal cleanup activity. The program also included walk and run events.

Conservationists in Polynesia-Micronesia continue to encourage and promote greater community engagement, government support, and new approaches, including the implementation of community-based, bio-security programs.

Many workshops will continue to take place, as governments, non-government organizations and local communities build on their achievements in protecting the region’s unique natural resources from threats such as climate change and invasive species.

Palau President Tommy Remegesau received the Champion of the Earth Award in Bangkok, on Nov. 17, 2014 for his pioneering green policies.

While many Micronesian leaders attended the high-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, many Micronesians, including Pohnpei Gov. Marcelo K. Peterson, Yap High School students, Chuuk youth, Harry Fritz, Antonio Cabrera and Gordon Glasby, celebrated the day on social media by posting environmental photos.

Their efforts encourage everyone to share their knowledge and practices in protecting the environment while motivating others to do the same.

Christy Sakaziro is the Palau & Micronesia Humanities Project Director

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