Engaging Students to Protect the Coral TriangleCatch of the Week
Engaging the youth is critical to the success of environment, natural resources management and climate change adaptation projects. Their open-mindedness, energy and passion for contribution and change make them great partners.
Working with schools is one strategic entry point to link with students. Since climate change is an inter-generational issue, it pays to involve them as early as possible. When teens lead adaptation projects, no matter how small, they learn from the experience. When it is their turn to make decisions, they are more prepared to make wiser choices.
In the Philippines, ADB’s Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI)-Southeast Asia regional project, which aims to improve coastal and marine management in the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion of CTI, partnered with public high schools and developed lessons learned through involving the students. As part of that project, a Heroes of the Environment campaign has been initiated, and since 2014 up to 17 public high schools in Taytay and Balabac in Palawan and in Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur have participated in this campaign.
(Read the full article in the Asian Development Blog.)