Sooner or later school children will be mayors, teachers, business owners and parents. These people in the future need to have a better understanding of the role of the environment built in to them at a young age to ensure they choose a different route than that which was chosen before them.
Only by immersing children in nature and science today can we create any real change for the environment of the future, and, by doing so we can break the chain of repeating of past mistakes.
While children are in school we can engage them with our curriculum and activities, trips, and any number of engaging opportunities that work to develop a sustainable view of the environment. The difficulty is reaching the rest of the community, as kids in schools can be somewhat of a captive audience.
Our outreach activities are focussed on engaging various community groups in similar activities providing them the materials and the opportunities to learn the same lessons we offer in schools. These groups have been ranged from environmental clubs from nearby community to senior citizen peoples associations, with activities ranging from scuba diving through to mangrove tours and quizzes.
A sustainable environment is one that the entire community works to maintain. That means we cannot afford to ignore any corner of the community if we hope to create any real change.
Governmental Capacity Building
In order to ensure that environmental are managed sustainably for the long-term, we cannot rely on ourselves to be the driving force of management. Sustainability demands that local stakeholders are the primary stakeholders, making the correct decisions for their environment and its management.
Toward this goal MCP and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have entered into an agreement to assist them in the implementation of their Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management Program (CMEMP), and most significantly, the training of their personnel to ensure that they are following the best scientific practices, and have access to technical assistance and training in those areas.