Environment and Safety News

Local Children Experience Nature at Third Annual Environmental Education Day in EG

PUBLISHED 08 Nov, 2016

On October 29, Noble Energy’s EHSR and CSR teams coordinated the third annual day of environmental education for 36 local children at the Moka Wildlife Center on Bioko Island as part of the EG GrEEN program. The EG GrEEN program was created in 2014 by the EG EHSR team as a “Leading No Harm” initiative to promote environmental stewardship on Bioko Island.

The day’s activities were planned in partnership with the following organizations: Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP), Bioko Island Book Series Author and BBPP Education Outreach Coordinator Heidi Rader, Drexel University research biologists and students, University of Equatorial Guinea educators, local environmental education group GIMEA, and performance group Bokamandja.

At the wildlife center, the children visited five scientific learning stations set up throughout the grounds that focused on local amphibians, birds, butterflies, turtles and primates. Each station featured hands-on activities to help children understand the importance of each species to the island, what makes them unique from one another, and the methods scientists use to study them. In the afternoon, the children went on a trail hike scavenger hunt to learn about flora, fauna and forest conservation. At the end of the day, each child received a Spanish copy of Chatter in the Caldera by Heidi Rader, a children’s book about the monkeys of Bioko Island. With help from Noble Energy, 1,000 copies of the book were printed specifically for the schools and children of Bioko Island.

It was a successful day of fun and environmental education in the spirit of “Leading No Harm.”