Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Islanders Commit to a Clean Bay & Beach

From the LaoLao website:

Laolao Bay users and dignitaries gathered in the bay to kick off the Our Laolao Campaign which aims to preserve one of the most important environmental and cultural sites in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.The Our Laolao campaign aims to demonstrate what a difference motivated community members can make when they have an opportunity to protect places they cherish.

The Our Laolao campaign will do that by first giving community members the opportunity to speak out about why they want to protect Laolao Bay. Through the stories of people such as Father Jesse Reyes, fisherman Roman Benavente, and teacher Rita Guerrero, the campaign aims to capture why people value the bay, and in turn, inspire other Laolao users to help keep Laolao Bay litter free for generations.

“The bay has been a source of sustenance for a lot of families, an economic engine for tourists as a top diving destination, and a favorite hangout for everyone to relax and just enjoy nature,” Father Reyes said. “Let’s not forget that ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’ and we are all caretakers of our natural treasures.”

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