Teach the importance of nature

PRENDRE CONSCIENCE ET AGIR //

From Awareness to Actions for Nature Conservation

2019 – 2022
Palawan Island, Philippines
Status
10%
The goal of this program is to raise awareness among the general public on the importance of Nature and the threats it faces. It aims to create tangible actions and solutions to face those threats that will inevitably impact humans.

# DONE

  • Signing a partnership with the Holy Trinity University (HTU) , to make the university “clean and green”.

  • Creating a training program on Environmental Education (EE) intended for teachers of any curriculum. .     

  • Implementing training on Environmental Education (EE) for science teachers at the HTU and teachers of various courses at the Palawan State University.
  • Talks about environment protection and ecological responsibility for students of the HTU.

# ONGOING

  • Implementation of 20 minutes of weekly environmental activities for HTU kindergarten pupils.
  • Environmental film screenings to raise awareness about nature protection in the local population.
  • Educational interventions intended for pupils, students and the general public on plastic pollution and available alternatives to tackle this environmental issue.
  • Implementation of restriction measures to save water and electricity at HTU.
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# UPCOMING

  • Implementation of forest/beach/city clean-ups with the involvement of local population followed by a “zero-waste” workshop. 
  • Signing of an agreement between ABConservation, PCSD, DEPED, PSU and the City-ENRO to implement regular training sessions on Environmental Education for teachers of Puerto Princesa City.
  • Program to ban single-use plastic at the Palawan Christian Hope School and the HTU

  • Creation of a nature club at the HTU.

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The challenge: the state of Nature is getting worse

Our planet is facing many threats, such as pollution (air, water, soil), deforestation or climate change, just to name a few. It is therefore vital to take initiatives. As Robert Swan OBE said “ The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”. We all have the power to do something: for example, we can choose a sustainable consumption (of water, food, clothes, energy…) which is more respectful of humans and Nature.

Litter in the forest of Aborlan, Palawan Island, Philippines. Credit R. Perrucaud

The goals: raise awareness and take actions

Tree planting – Palawan Island, Philippines. Credit M. Vergniol

This program has two main goals:

  • Raising awareness in a sustainable way, in as many people as possible, of all ages and from all origins, in order to generate curiosity about Nature and make them realize how important it is. Indeed, we depend on Nature and its proper functioning. By realizing our impact, we can all act positively to counter the threats that Nature is facing.
  • Generating concrete actions for the protection and conservation of Nature, such as an initiation on zero-waste, being consumer actors (choosing local and seasonal food for example), planting trees of native species or chosing a more eco-responsible consumption of water and electricity.

Our action: seek concrete solutions and proceed with local actions

In order to achieve these goals, ABConservation plans to implement several actions with our current local partners or by creating new partnerships.

Activities for teachers

Training the majority of teachers (elementary, middle, high school) of Puerto Princesa City in environmental education is a way to introduce topics such as ecology and energy saving during lessons. In this way, they can contribute to long-term awareness, year after year, in the students they teach. The impact of such training is therefore much stronger compared to the effect of a single intervention with students. For the moment, the project is only intended for science teachers, but we are planning to extend this training to all teachers regardless of the course they teach.
Through these various training sessions, we want to raise awareness among a maximum of people (children, teenagers and adults) and thus ensure that environmental protection is taken into account for everyday actions and decisions, whether it is at home, at the market, at work, etc.

Murielle at the training on environmental education for teachers - Puerto Princesa Citu, Palawan, Philippines. Credit L. Grace

“Zero waste” talk for students of Hope Christian School - Puerto Princesa City, Palawan island, Philippines. Credit M. Vergniol

Activities for pupils and students

The implementation of activities on protecting and discovering Nature for kindergarten children allows them to develop curiosity and appreciation for Nature. This way, a culture of eco-responsible behaviour (ex: throwing your waste in the trash) can be instilled from an early age. Interventions are also implemented for middle and high school students, with talks during classes, to promote environmental awareness. They will also be able to take action for the environment by participating in activities offered by their school’s nature club.

Activities with universities

In order to help universities become more eco-responsible, we are creating programs to encourage the reduction of electricity and water consumption. The participation and dedication of students, teachers, employees and administrative staff are key to ensure the sustainability of these programs.

These activities are, for now, taking place in two schools and universities of Puerto Princesa City, the Holy Trinity University and HOPE Christian School.  

A bottle in the sea – Honda Bay, Palawan Island, Philippines. Credit R. Perrucaud
Film screening - Langogan Barangay, Philippines. Credit I. Marzo

Activities for the general public

Beach/forest/city clean-ups allow us to make residents realize the extent of plastic pollution. These events end with an introduction to “zero waste” with a practical workshop.
Through the screening of environmental films, we wish to promote awareness and discuss with the audience on various themes that resonate with the local context, ranging from deforestation to plastic pollution.

Stakeholders in the field: essential local partners

Murielle Vergniol, education officer, has been working on this project full time since July 2019. She created the many partnerships needed for the smooth running of the project.
These various projects would not have begun without the help of: Isabelle (YEAH!), Mrs Annabelle and Mrs Mapa (HTU), Mrs Natividad and Mr Taha (DepEd), Atty Carlos Gomez and Myla Adriano (City ENRO) , Mrs Josol and Mrs. Grace (PSU), Mrs. Villaos and Mrs. Rodriguez (PCSD).

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