Outreach Highlight of the Month:
On Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, CRC participated in a beach clean-up along the Placencia Beach and Placencia Caye as an initiation of #PlasticFreeJuly. Organized by Mr. Goby & Friends, beach clean-ups will be done weekly throughout July in the Placencia Peninsula as an observance of Plastic Free July, a global movement to reduce plastic pollution. Through these events, we take the opportunity to educate the youths of the community on the importance of proper waste disposal and the benefits of having a plastic-free environment. We hope to continue participating in these clean-up campaigns and help rid our beaches and oceans of plastic waste.
Want to learn about what crocodiles eat? What two species of crocodiles live in Belize? Can we coexist with crocodiles?
Education is a powerful tool in furthering conservation. And it is not just education about why these animals are important for the ecosystem- it’s understanding the rich cultural aspect of wildlife in communities, such as how the ancient Maya civilization believed crocodiles were the only animals that connected the heavens, the earth, and the underworld. It’s understanding that much of human-crocodile conflict is usually initiated by humans (through feeding or harassment, or encroaching on their habitat). It’s understanding that conservation of wildlife also incorporates the role of becoming proper stewards of the environment and having empathy towards all living creatures.
Enjoy the various educational tools the CRC has to offer and make sure to check in as we continue to grow our education material!