Japanese School students learn about SDGs and sustainability from Sea Grant
Students from the Japanese School learned about the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals from the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant teams who conducted an outreach at the Mangilao campus earlier in July.
The students also learned about the Guam Green Growth or G3 program as a platform for increasing awareness and putting the SDGs into action through concrete programs and activities.
Sea Grant outreach coordinator Tori Manley and CIS sustainability coordinator Phil Cruz, with the help of the teachers at the Japanese School, facilitated a lively discussion on the SDGs and G3 program.
Cruz told the students, “With these sustainable development goals, the United Nations said that the year from 2020 to 2030 is the decade of action, meaning we have ten years to achieve all of these goals all over the world to have a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.”
The CIS and SG team also facilitated a discussion on G3’s five categories of action, namely: 1) Healthy and Prosperous Communities; 2) Educated, Capable, and Compassionate Island; 3) Sustainable Homes, Utilities, and Transportation; 4) Thriving Natural Resources; and 5) Sustainable Alliances.
At the end of the discussion, the students wrote down their thoughts about the presentation. Levi, a 7th grade student, thanked the team for conducting the presentation at their school. “Thank you for coming to teach us about what’s happening around us. What we can do about it, and what is already being done to solve these problems. We really appreciate it.”
Karen, an 8th grade student, said the move to transition to solar-powered public transportation is right for the island. “I thought it was very suitable for Guam because of the strong sunshine.”
G3 is the island’s most comprehensive public-private partnership created to achieve a sustainable future. Aligned with the UN SDGs, G3 cultivates an ecosystem for transformative action to achieve a sustainable, prosperous, and equitable future for Guam.