By Elaine Vaina
| April 21, 2015
WCS celebrates Earth Day today to highlight the need for environmental protection in Papua New Guinea and around the world.
Our theme is ‘to not let the earth’s key species disappear’ and internationally we are working to save gorillas, tigers, vultures, sharks and elephants.
The WCS PNG team supports these international goals and within PNG we are working to prevent the extinction of tree kangaroos, long-beaked echidna, vulturine parrots, birds of paradise, sharks, turtles and coral reefs.
WCS PNG Director, Dr. Richard Cuthbert explains that these iconic PNG species are important culturally and as “flagship” species their survival required the protection of the forest and marine habitats that support all of PNG biodiversity.
“Earth Day is an important event to remind everyone of their own role in looking after the planet. People can act locally, nationally or internationally to make a difference to the environment through making choices on the resources you use and advocating for change”, says Dr. Cuthbert.
In Port Moresby, we participated in an event organised by the U.S. Embassy at the American Corner at the National Library, Waigani, with athletes from across PNG, environmentalists, Sports Ambassadors and Port Moresby students.
Our Policy Team Leader Ms Grace Dom represented the society at the event and gave examples of how young Papua New Guineans could become the next generation of conservationists and environmentalists within the country.