To heighten awareness and understanding about climate change and its potential impact to low-lying islands like the Marianas, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance will be engaging students and teachers through a series of climate change workshops and activities.
The workshops, titled “Schools for Environmental Change,” are designed for high school teachers and student leaders so they can learn about the different effects of climate changes and the impacts specific to the CNMI.
Climate change is a growing concern in many parts of the world, including the CNMI. These workshops are meant to localize this global issue and let teachers and students openly discuss the potential consequences of a warming climate. For instance, many schools on island are located in low-lying areas and may be affected by rising water levels caused by climate change.
In addition to learning from environmental experts, teachers and students will also be given an opportunity to develop a conservation action plan, which can then be implemented at their respective high schools.
“We hope that through the 'Schools for Environmental Change' workshops, students and teachers alike openly discuss the potential impact of climate change on a tiny island like ours,” said Rica Dela Cruz, Environmental Camp Project Manager. “We also hope to promote behavioral changes that can help minimize that impact.”
The Mariana Islands Nature Alliance is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve and restore the array of habitats that sustain the Commonwealth's natural biodiversity and heritage. The organization is composed of individuals, mostly volunteers, who are passionate about preserving the environment and who consider environmental stewardship an important, lifelong responsibility. (MINA)