With so many challenges facing Palau’s environment, raising awareness in communities is important both on and off island. Last month, Palau Conservation Society’s (PCS’) Executive Director traveled to Southern California and Southwest Washington State to share these challenges, as well as solutions and initiatives being implemented by Palau’s first conservation organization. [restrict]
The Southern California event was hosted at the home of Duffy Blau (Angaur) in Chino Hills. Fifty Palauans and their friends came together in a packed conference room to learn and ask questions of Majekobaje. SoCal Palauans were impressed by PCS’ commitment to working alongside communities and the breadth of work the organization does across states and at the national level. Many were especially interested in PCS’ USAID funded project focused on reviving abandoned taro patches to promote climate change resilience in Babeldaob.
In Southwest Washington, at the home of Kafiat Beckley (Ngaraard/Angaur), there was a standing-room only crowd as Palauans and Americans alike regarded beautiful images of Palau during the informational session. Many were interested in ways that they could support the efforts of the PCS board and staff to assure that Palau is protected for generations to come.
At both events, attendees generously opened their hearts and their pocketbooks for with both events raising nearly $3,000.00. A few individuals even became off-island members.
PCS was thankful to all the people who made the PCS tour a success and the organization looks forward to making off-island outreach a regular occurrence. “Healthy Ecosystems for a Healthy Palau”. [/restrict]