Community outreach is an integral aspect of Planet Drum’s environmental program in Ecuador. In June, we were invited to participate in two regional events related to ecology.
On June 5th-6th, a biodiversity conference was held at the Technical University of Manabí. Environmental organizations from Bahía and the surrounding area participated in an open house with educational booths and materials. Additionally, lectures were held on various themes related to biodiversity and the environment. Planet Drum hosted a booth and donated 60 native trees to participants. During the conference, the new Sucre County Mayor, Ingrid Zambrano, gave an impassioned speech and pledged to reignite the Eco-city movement in Bahía de Caráquez.
On June 12th, there was an eco-fair in Canoa for school children with activities and games as well as environmental education information tables. Approximately 50 students with their parents attended. Planet Drum passed out bioregional education materials and donated another 60 native fruit trees.
These events are excellent forums to engage citizens in the revegetation projects and are opportunities to meet people and forge new alliances. Many people stopped by and were interested in Planet Drum’s revegetation and bioregional education work.