As the Youth Projects Coordinator for the Earth Charter International, I had the wonderful opportunity to co-facilitate two UNESCO Youth Leadership Trainings on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for the Asia-Pacific Region and for the Latin American and Caribbean region in 2017.
We are currently at the beginning of a global massive coral collapse and the majority of humanity is completely oblivious to it. Why does this matter? Because 25% of marine life directly depend on coral colonies, about a billion people depend on that marine life as their main source of protein, more and more medicine is being made with the cancer healing properties coral carry, coral reefs protect our shorelines from typhoons and cyclones- they act as natural barriers.
As an ocean advocate and someone eager to see change and commitment for the protection of our marine ecosystems, I was very excited to be invited to the Global Oceans Dialogue organized by UN Environment and the Government of Costa Rica from 6-9 of June in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The two days before the dialogue, NGOs and active individuals were invited to participate in the Annual Regional Consultative Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Civil Society in preparation for the third session of UN Environment Assembly (UEA) under the theme “Towards a Pollution Free Planet.” This session will take place in Nairoi, 4-6 December of this year where ministers of the Environment of all countries around the world, private sector representatives, and civil society organizations will come together to discuss the actions needed to be taken to address our current pollution issues in all its forms: air, water, soil, land, and marine.
My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections! As the Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires.
I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!