DENR launches program to teach kids conserve biodiversity

Published November 29, 2021, 5:57 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched a writing workshop for children to highlight their role and capacity for advocacy, communication and commitment to protect and conserve biodiversity.

DENR said the workshop entitled “Children Writing for Children” aims to provide children a platform to raise their views and voices in environmental processes and decision-making through storytelling.

The program was conducted in celebration of the first International Year of Caves and Karst.

“The endeavor is one of the DENR’s programs to educate children about the environment, the issues that surround them and their care and protection. All these will help bring about behavior change,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said.

“Someday, these children will inherit our world. They will inherit our natural resources and our environment. It is important that we impart the value of conservation at a young age to make them responsible stewards of creation,” he added.

A total of 12 students, aged 8 to 11, were chosen to take part in the creative writing workshop held virtually on November 15-19, 2021.

Under the guidance of Mark Norman Boquiren, a children’s book author and staff of the DENR-BMB, the participants crafted their original stories about caves and karst ecosystems.

On the last day of the workshop, they narrated and showcased their stories live on Zoom and Facebook, DENR said. All participants were awarded certificates.