U.S. Embassy Port Moresby and National Capital District Celebrate Earth Day

April 30, 2010
A Painting of Sea Turtles

About the Authors: Brian Asmus and Ulrika Joyce serve at U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

More than 1,000 volunteers and participants started arriving at Ela Beach in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea (PNG), just before 8:00 a.m. on April 24 to join the Earth Day cleanup. For the fourth year, the U.S. Embassy and National Capital District (NCD) of Port Moresby have teamed up to highlight the importance of protecting the environment.

We opened Earth Day with a celebration that included an art contest that was open to all residents of Papua New Guinea. This year, we chose "Protecting the Marine Life of Papua New Guinea" as the theme to highlight threats that marine environments face. One example of the artwork we received included a painting of sea turtles mistakenly eating plastic bags, because they look like jelly fish. Incredibly, by some estimates, the vortex of garbage in the middle Pacific is larger than Papua New Guinea itself. Plastic is a real problem for marine environments, because it does not fully degrade. It forms only smaller and smaller plastic polymers in the ocean. Garbage of all kinds is damaging reefs.

Art entries were received from various locations in Papua New Guinea, including Lae, Manus, and Rabaul. The art work was displayed at Ela Beach during the Earth Day festivities. Next week, interested viewers can check out the display at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) Library.

At 9:00 a.m., Master of Ceremonies Justin Tkatchenko, CEO of PNG Gardener, opened the event at Ela Beach's Amphi Theater, after which U.S. Charge d'Affaires Paul Berg highlighted U.S. support of environmental protection programs in Papua New Guinea. The U.S. government helps fund the Coral Triangle Initiative to protect and ensure sustainable development of marine ecosystems in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the region. Last year, the U.S. Embassy also provided money to the Motupore Research Center and Tahira Mangrove Nursery. NCD Governor Powes Parkop and PNG Governor General Sir Paulius Matane also spoke. Then, Mr. Tkatchenko announced the Earth Day Art Contest winners with Berg and Parkop presenting the awards.

In the adult category, the winners were as follows: Max Dama (first), Daryl Fernandez (second), Bernard Henry (third), and Molong Beka (fourth). In the teenage category, Samol Agi won first, Simon Kulol second, Alice Kuniata third, and Raymolt Limu fourth. In the children's division, first place went to Anastasia Krus, second to Sinaia Pakop, third to Ranaot (from Manus), and fourth to Kayaup Francis. Honorable mentions were Barbara Ipasi, Mabaia Mavis Maino, Chautha Kauyap, and Kauta Pof.

This year's prizes included domestic tickets from Air Niugini, mobile phones from Bemobile, an MP3 player from Daltron, and gift certificates to City Pharmacy.

After a dramatic performance by Watete, Mr. Tkatchenko closed the event at 10:30 a.m., thanking all our Earth Day sponsors: PNG Gardener, Air Niugini, Bemobile, CPL, Daltron, Coca-Cola, KK Kingston, and St. Johns.

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palgye
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South Korea
May 3, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

For WIDOW
(Bad news from South-Korea. it`s first. yes, first edition)

the discontinuance
Hyundai Asan`s Kum Gang Mt. sightseeing puts out Korea from a many kinds problem thinks occurred. When thinks a future, the magnification where is not the discontinuance wants was a work where, but grazes from the outside and passes and Hyundai Asan staffs see repeatedly and poorly to looking, is a watch characteristic but the time flowed and turning round was difficult, I was having, believes and me and some time completely there is not a right to speak which is the same qualitative thing speaks in thought. Respects the enterprise of Korea and Korea from is but for the appear "widow" to be doing being difficult yet speaks. What kind of there probably is intention which is political, does not know but secret intention Kum Gang Mt. sightseeing thinks even with the opinion which is personal that must be continued. Is some entrusting, also the memory is difficult. Is like that but again entrusting gives. Must come to be continued, thinks that must advance. When and, the stock market period of short time is stabilized please.

Thamk You.

palgye
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South Korea
May 3, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

if i get a 1%, i do.
but, never happened.

palgye
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South Korea
May 3, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to..

The occurrence of world economy crisis there is a many kinds reason but thinks the result which lets alone the system of the expansion and control inability which eisegesis of financial part is excessive. Problem anyone recognized, to knowing the size and a destructive power of the banking companies, the approach wrongly was skillful thinks to problem. The necessity which will use a fear is not but the sacrifice of minimum thinks that is inevitable.

The citizens do not manifest the disappointment feeling of the themselves at the outside not to be, thinks that the possibility which will do is big a different decision in the moment when is important. Thinks anyone was knowing. I was knowing. And, more is active and a little young cry thinks. Economically almost from bankruptcy condition. When the chance will come becomes again. Thinks job and has an interest in many kinds problem to the situation which is difficult. To overcome the people who dislikes me.

Thank You.

P.S. The nation is safe and if the horrible monster disappears and the election flows with entirely different direction and thinks change. The citizens circles but the capitalists with the direction which dislikes. Is inevitable, but the budget of the material part the polarization to be deepened decreased and the middle classes which is common fell with the lower part part of the pyramid thinks. Is who thinks that wants. Citizens. Listens the story of the themselves and that talk there is delivered interest of minimum shows and in the rich men and a force of the Republic of Korea and thinks that wants. The language which is political is mobilized, will be many even in small interest and thinks the thing which will be impressed. Citizens of most. Appears probably, to be doing being difficult plentifully. To think the promise disappeared about future, to living. Is not but yesterday the scope and number increase plentifully and knows the difficulty thing, the person whom will speak thinks that is not.

(The fight actuality is not all, the alternative which is substantial will overcome being presented, thinks that wants. and me too)

Thank You.

P.S. The policy of conservatism, the citizens welcomes, thinks the short time when do. A possibility which will flow totalitarianism has, the voters who are having job and educated that flowing, think that there is a possibility which will seek the presentation of new direction.

Tom W.
May 3, 2010

Tom W. writes:

GREAT to see that this tradition continues and has grown to encompass entries from all over PNG. Keep up the good work! See you later when PP10 arrives in PNG.

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