How do you feel after you go for a hike or snorkeling at the beach? Don’t you just feel calm, relaxed, stress-free. It’s that positive, serene energy that we feel when we’re experiencing (and appreciating) nature. Now, expand on that thought..
What motivates us to volunteer to plant trees? Or to join the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program to collect data on reef flat health? Or just to do anything knowing that it will help our natural environment? That drive to “do something” seems natural. Of course, the world is more beautiful with lush vegetation and amazing coral reefs, but ultimately our life depends on these natural resources.
It’s all about reconnecting people and nature this Sunday. Guest speaker Romina King will share her thesis that examined communities’ attitudes, knowledge, and perceptions of their watershed. Conservation and natural resource management isn’t just about protecting animals in this or that ecosystem. The bottom line is that it’s about PEOPLE and their well-being, long-term. Sometimes the connection between natural resource management and community needs are blurry or confusing. But the more we “connect the dots” between human benefits and natural resource management efforts, coastal management can be more effective to ensure communities’ are prepared for long-term challenges, like climate change. It will lead to more public awareness, understand, support, and even more active community participation that will help make Guam’s people mature and grow as the natural stewards of our environment.