The Ocean and Beaches of the Marshall Islands have faced years of heavy external pollution, environmental neglect and the full impact of global climate changes. Locally, the lack of education and awareness of waste management is causing a large part of the population to dispose of waste by simply dumping it into the Ocean. This has led to a large accumulation of garbage on the formerly pristine beaches of the Marshall Islands.
The Junior Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp will instill a personal investment in the oceans and climate for local youth, ages 10-18, through environmental education, hands-on marine science, and beach cleanup initiatives. In addition, the project is focusing on the connection between personal and environmental health, with a focus on individual wellness, physical health, and water-safety. The two-week camp will promote daily physical activity, through swimming, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and other water-based activities, while simultaneously teaching essential learnings about oceanic systems and a science-based approach to human impact on the natural world in the pacific ocean.
The project is designed to encourage the young local communities to reclaim their beaches, instill a healthy sense of self, and personal ownership of the environment, and is a direct continuation of our environmental education initiative from 2015, that focuses on finding locally developed, culturally engaging, methods of teaching environmental issues to children and youth.
The program is being developed in collaboration with the WAM, WUTMI, CMI Marine Biology Department, Arno Atoll local government, Red Cross and the Marshall Islands EPA.
Survey trips to RMI to solidify location and logistics of Floating Forest and Junior Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp. The team will reserve the location for the August 2018 Summer Camp, currently scheduled for Arno Atoll.
Jr. Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp begin. The camp is for Marshallese Youth living on Majuro Atoll, ages 10-18, two week long, and aims to employ local Marshallese and external staff to educate and empower Marshallese youth to reclaim their beaches. The curriculum will cover essential learnings about ocean ecosystems/marine weather/species identification, personal wellness, locally sourced healthy nutritional options, water safety infrastructure training/certification of Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid CPR, waste management, and hands-on beach cleanup initiatives.
Staff / Technical expertise
10 camp counseling staff for summer 2018 Junior Ocean Ambassador Summer Camp. No less than half of the staff employed by the camp will be local Marshallese. We will use local partnerships on Majuro Atoll, Arno Atoll and in the United States to locate and
Financing (in USD)
Living Islands is committing a significant number of our volunteer hours this year to this program. Red Cross is committing resources for first-aid parts of the program.