Borrowing from the very successful Youth-to-Youth public education and awareness program in the Marshall Islands, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei has tailored the approach to improve environmental awareness and education in Pohnpei. Together with partners, CSP is coordinating the Pwulopwul ohng me Pwulopwul (Youth-to-Youth) environmental program in seven schools. The program partners each school with a state agency or non-governmental organization to work on an environmental project throughout the school year. Projects that have been implemented previously include lowland sakau production, water quality testing, medicinal plant gardening, marine surveying, Marine Protected Areas, Persistent Organic Pollutants, marine conservation practices, mangrove forest, agro-forestry, upland forest/deforestation and recyclable art. The respective agency, teachers and students carry out their chosen activity in the surrounding community.
The goal of the campaign is two-fold: to extend positive environmental initiatives to more communities in Pohnpei and to encourage teachers and students to get more involved in addressing these local environmental issues. The program also builds the students confidence in working with their peers to address the environmental needs of their communities. Through these activities, the students are to become active contributors in developing a sustainable future for Pohnpei. The program culminates in a fair where students showcase what they learned from their mentor agencies in the form of skits, poster shows, presentations, songs and dances. The fair is also taped and aired on the local radio station and recorded and edited for the local TV station.