It is getting very exciting within the Caribbean as more and more of our Community Action Campaigns have been hitting the streets across multiple countries.
Community Action Campaigns have been creating hype in schools and communities across St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Lucia, Tobago, The Bahamas and Grenada. The campaigns focus on role models and opinion leaders opening a dialogue around the value of nature, particularly mangroves, in protecting us from climate change. The campaigns culminate in a day of action where community groups come together to take part in activities such as mangrove rehabilitation or planting. The Community Action Campaigns were generously funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Within all these countries our campaigns have began with increasing awareness and knowledge of students. Multiple primary school and secondary school visits showed how important mangroves are to humans and got them extremely motivated to protect their beaches and mangroves. With the help of our mascots, we got all the kids up on their feet and passionate about this critical issue.
“I learnt that mangroves are very useful and we should take better care of them. They help filter water and are homes to marine animals. I want to go spread the word so everyone can know how important mangroves are”. –Student, primary school in St. Vincent
There have also been large amounts of activities outside of schools including media appearances, community theater performances focused around mangroves, teacher trainings, and more largely mangrove replanting and cleanup events. Attended by students of the visited schools along with other community members, these events allow everyone to get their hands dirty and realize that ever little action counts in protecting these invaluable ecosystems. Hundreds of bags of garbage have been collected and disposed of properly and restoration sites are filling in! The large amounts of progress we have made could not be possible without the support of our donors and partners. Because of them we already have a handful of other activities planned for the near future to increase the resilience of communities all throughout the Caribbean.