Through a strong partnership between the Pohnpei State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP), the Green Road Show (GRS) program has been able to continue its organized environmental science program study visits to all 27 partner schools on Pohnpei, successfully delivering CSP’s key conservation message to more than 950 fifth grade students around the island.
The Green Road Show started out with a pre-test and introduction to establish the students’ baseline understanding of our natural resources. Our second visit focused on upland forest biodiversity and issues affecting this important natural resource. All fifth graders island-wide learned about agriculture cultivation practices affecting forest health, invasive weeds impacting our forests, water quality issues affecting streams and rivers, and trash in the upland forest and rivers where human settlements are within or near the forest.
The third visit was centered on the unique mangrove forest habitat. The students enjoyed learning about the importance of the mangrove system as a key habitat and resource and about threats to Pohnpei’s mangroves caused by trash, human and animal-based pollution, coral dredging, and landfilling. Participants also learned proper management solutions and practices to help maintain a resilient forest and mangrove ecosystem island-wide.
As environmental educators it has been exciting to be able to deliver the conservation message to eager young people around the island and to the 27 schools this program encompasses. Since we launched the program in 2002, our educators have made more than 1,400 school visits and shared our conservation message with over 8,000 students. Throughout its lifetime, this initiative has reached over 20% of Pohnpei’s population. Such success could not have been possible without the unique partnership between the EPA, CSP, and collaborators beyond our reef.