BEQUIA, SAINT VINCENT and THE GRENADINES, March 25 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) announced a new educational initiative in the Caribbean region with the launch of its “Live Free in the Sea” Campaign in partnership with the Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network (ECCN). The ‘Live Free in the Sea” 2008 program will educate young people on Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Tobago about how their actions on land can affect beaches, reefs and marine life.
ECCN Island coordinators will be partnering with primary and secondary schools to conduct activities under this theme. The program on each island will consist of environmental education, environmental action, and an artistic component. Children will participate in lectures, discussions and activities on the coastal and marine environment, their inhabitants and how their actions impact them.
On Tobago, children took part in a beach clean-up on Turtle Beach, where the litter collected will be recycled to make functional art. On Saint Lucia, children will participate in a whale and dolphin watching tour, and research and write a children’s book for the school library on whales and dolphins that migrate through their waters. On Grenada, participants in the program will produce a video that will be distributed to the local cable channel. In Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, children will take part in a beach clean up, where collected bottle caps will be used to make a large sea mural for display in the community.
“We are excited about these new educational initiatives focused on the protection of marine life in the Caribbean region,” said Courtney Vail, US Campaigns Officer for WDCS. “These programs will complement our support of other initiatives, such as the development of a regional stranding networks, participation in the SPAW Protocol, and humpback whale research, along with a host of other efforts to encourage the protection of marine wildlife.”
“ECCN education programs focus on using ‘culture as a tool’,” said ECCN Director Nathalie Ward, “to place emphasis on connections and linkages rather than the differences of attitudes. This program presents youth with facts and encourages their ability to make informed choices. Indeed, children are the cultural ballast needed to educate future generations about natures’ gifts.”