July 7, 2016
FMC strives to impact the world’s most pressing environmental challenges by raising awareness of these challenges among the company’s employees, their families, and throughout the communities in which they live. On June 8th, FMC sponsored a Children’s World Oceans Day Celebration where elementary school children in Cebu participated in a Marine Stewardship Awareness program that highlighted the issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
On June 8th, World Oceans Day was celebrated around the world with the theme, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” to highlight the efforts of both organizations and individuals to reduce and prevent plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. FMC’s Warm Water Seaweed Procurement sponsored the Children’s World Oceans Day Celebration in Lipayran Island in Bantayan, North Cebu.
Around 500 children from the Lipayran Elementary School participated in the Marine Stewardship Awareness program. Children in grades one through six engaged in an interactive lecture on plastic waste management, a community forum on sustainability practices, numerous celebratory games and an organized beach cleanup. Baltazar Layese (pictured above), a community development facilitator, led the programming. The goal was to encourage community members to learn about plastic pollution in the oceans, stress the steps that FMC is taking to reduce its use of plastics, and ask people to take action to reduce their use of plastic.
Each student who participated in the celebration received a school bag containing writing supplies to use for the upcoming school year, which begins on June 13th. The celebration in Lipayran Island was spearheaded by Farley Baricuatro, FMC’s Warm Water Seaweed Global Sourcing Manager, and supported by Royal Algaculture, a seaweed supplier operating in Bantayan. FMC purchases cottonii seaweed from the Lipayran Island for the company’s seaweed processing plant located in Cebu, Philippines.
The World Oceans Day celebration in Cebu was officially recognized by The Ocean Project, a network that collaborates to advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums around the world. Each year, The Ocean Project develops coordinates events around the world for the annual celebration of World Oceans Day, which began in 2002. Since then, The Oceans Project has partnered with hundreds of organizations and networks to help protect the ocean by changing people’s perspective and how they think about the ocean. For more information on this year’s World Oceans Day and the efforts to reduce the major environmental issue of plastic ocean pollution, please click here.