Today, in the Gambia, alumni of Department of State-sponsored exchange programs will form environmental clubs with 100 under-served youth to create and maintain a seed bank, and plant tree nurseries.
Today in Bangalore, India, Parvati Gubbi, a secondary teacher of science and alumna of the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program, will teach students to practice sustainable lifestyles and, "become champions of change for a cleaner and greener habitat for the future."
Today, here in the United States, 13 International Visitor Leadership Program participants from Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have arrived in our country to learn about anti-poaching and anti-wildlife trafficking efforts. During their three week exchange, these wildlife ministry officials, field agents and non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders will work in partnership with Americans, learning how to combat international wildlife trafficking and best practices in anti-poaching of U.S. wildlife resources.
Together, over one billion people from 192 countries will help contribute to Earth Day today.
At the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, we are highlighting how our exchange programs bridge languages and cultural barriers by bringing people together to engage in environmental conservation. Teachers, youth, academics, and emerging leaders from communities all around the world will gain the skills and resources that they need to create positive change for the environment.
Every member of society has the ability, resources, and skills to take part in environmental conservation projects and activities. Together, we can all enjoy a cleaner, healthier world.
This Earth Day individuals in every region in the world are addressing environmental issues in their home communities. The State Department is committed to empowering a new generation of leaders to protect our planet.
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