Monday, March 30, 2015

Celebrate "Our Natural Treasures" all month long in April!

April is BECQ’s annual Environmental Awareness Month! EAM is all about protecting and caring for our islands, and this year’s theme is “Our Natural Treasures.” To celebrate BECQ is hosting a number of activities throughout the month of April. Bring the whole family to and help us make EAM 2015 a success!

Recycled Boat Race
Build your own boat out of recycled materials, and race to the finish! Your boat has to be man powered and cannot sink, or lose parts. There will be 2 races, for 18 and under, and one for 18+, with cash prizes. This event will take place on Saturday, April 26th at 10.30 am at Kilili Beach, across from Ada gym. Contact Cal Westergard at for details.

 “Trash-to-Treasure” Tote bag design display
(Friday) April 24, 2015 from 6-9p.m.
Susupe, Flame Tree Arts Festival fair grounds
Remade tote bags created by our young designers to be featured at Flame Tree Arts Festival event by turning the garbage back into art. Help save our earth and inspire the habit of using reusable shopping bags! For more information, contact us-the “Trash-to-Treasure” Committee: Olivia Tenorio or Leilani Sablan, at BECQ 664-8500

Proclamation Signing
Join BECQ’s Environmental Awareness Month Proclamation Signing on April 1, 2015 at 10:00am at the Governor’s office. 

Island Wide Clean Up
This year’s 2015 Island Wide Cleanup event will take place on April 17, 2015 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. For more information about this event, please contact Robert Deleon Guerrero and Aileen Benavente at 664-8500 and sign up today!

Environmental Expo for all 4th and 5th grades
The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is inviting all interested public and private agencies to join us this April for the 2015 Environmental Expo. The Expo provides the opportunity for environmental and natural resource groups to conduct widespread outreach efforts to 4th and 5th graders from all public and private schools on Saipan over a three-day period. In past years over 1500 students and 30 organizations have participated.
 Where: American Memorial Park
When: 8:00am to 2:00pm, April 14-16 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Please contact Avra Heller or Jihan Buniag at 664-8500 to sign-up!
Native Plant Giveaway
The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality in partnership with CNMI Forestry will be giving out free native trees to the community on April 25, 2015 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Flame Tree Arts Festival. 

First Friday Films
First Friday Films is showing a free documentary Islands of Sanctuary (celebrating island culture and environment) on April 3rd at 6:30pm at American Memorial Park visitor's center. Island of Sanctuary is about Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resisting threats to their sacred places in a growing international movement to defend human rights and protect the environment. For more information, visit

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, First Friday Films is inviting the public to view three local short films that explore the CNMI’s environment and natural resources at American Memorial Park visitor’s center on Wednesday, April 22nd, at 6:30pm.

Turtle Tagging
Join staff from DFW’s Turtle Team at Fishing Base at 11 am on April 7, to learn more about these amazing creatures, and how the folks at DFW work to protect them. For more information contact Tammy Summers at

Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance EAM Activities
Every Tuesday of April:  Tuesdays are getting greener.  Joeten is partnering with MINA to encourage their customers to say no to plastic bags.  As part of Plastic Bag Challenge campaign, MINA Volunteers will be setting up learning stations at Joeten stores giving out FREE reusable eco bags for those who pledge to "Choose to reuse their bags" and refusing plastic bags at the checkout counter. 
April 11: MINA is leading a Marine Debris Contest challenging fishermen at the Mahi Mahi Fishing Derby to collect any man-made debris they encounter while they're out fishing.  All qualifying entries will be entered to win exciting prizes.
Throughout the monthMINA Volunteers will be encouraging the community to bring their old T-shirts to the MINA office located in the Gualo Rai Center near BECQ.  Volunteers will be turning these shirts into reusable bags!
Throughout the month: MINA will be coordinating beach cleanups with Adopt-a-Bin sponsors at their adopted site.
For more information contact Becky Furey at 233-7333.

AND SO MUCH MORE! Contact EAM Chair, Tom Pangelinan at or check for a full calendar of events.

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