In celebration for this year’s Earth Day, TAYO Youth Organization organized a one-day event aiming to teach youth the importance of mangrove forests through the support of Oceanus Conservation and Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) microgrant.

The whole event was filled with fun activities, mind boggling games, and clear lectures with TAYO Youth Organization held at Barangay Basak, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental. Kicking off with the day long event is the registration period and getting to know the participants for this day — the fellow youth from Barangay Basak and neighboring Barangay with a total of 13 participants.

The main activity of this whole celebration is the book reading event about Mangrove Forests of the Philippines, written by Ana Rita Silva, Pedro Moreira, Marta Reis Melo, Teresa Santos and the very supportive ate of TAYO Youth Organization Camille Rivera entitled “There Are Cities Underwater: The Mangrove Forests of the Philippines.” This book talks about a very curious and adventurous main character, Hippo – a seahorse, in which Hippo explores the beauty of the Ocean and learned a lot of things just like Ocean Currents, Whale Sharks, Remoras, Zebra Shark, Fiddler Crab, Mudskipper, juvenile fish, and most importantly, the Mangrove Forest.

Every day is Earth Day if we all start doing simple steps in taking care of our mother nature.

Julienne Cafino

There were also supplementary lectures and discussions regarding mangrove as a tree, the benefits of its roots and branches, its species and where they are most commonly found, the order of planting each species depending on the geographic location and other factors, its big role for the ecosystem such as the mangrove food web, and would bring us to the mangrove threats.

The call for help in protecting the mangrove ecosystem was also highlighted during the discussion and suggested things everyone can potentially do about.

Every day is Earth Day if we all start doing simple steps in taking care of our mother nature. Here are the things you can do as well:

  • Pick up the trash you see.
  • Bring your own tumbler to avoid buying plastic bottles.
  • Reuse your bags for groceries or what you need to buy outside.
  • Plant a mangrove and support local associations.
  • Reduce your impact by emitting less carbon emissions and doing the switch to a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Also, you can encourage and teach others in your own little ways.

We can educate and create a difference. By protecting trees, and the environment as a whole, you are protecting your family, your food, your health, and your wealth.

Once again, Happy Earth Day 2021 from TAYO Youth Organization and allied groups. May our land heal and flourish.

If you or your organization would like to support spread our storybooks to different local kids you know, head on to our donation page or click the link below. Thank you!

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit started back in 2011 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida and they also have many satellite locations around US.

We attended their recent online Youth Ocean Conservation Summit in 2020 were it was all made virtual! Youth all over the world were able to join in the community of the next generation conservationists!

Throughout the event, most of us are super inspired by other people doing local action in their area but importantly, inspired by the global community of young conservation leaders. We learned so much about tools and funds needed to launch solutions-oriented projects in our community as well.

Thank you to the organizers of the YOCS and to everyone who made it possible. After the event, they put together a mini-grant ($200) in which we applied for to continue our #oceanliteracy4all project and guess what? We got it!

Tayo* Youth Club in Negros Oriental

Together with the Tayo*, a youth group based in Zamboanguita , Negros Oriental, we will be doing another storytelling event with another group of kids to raise awareness of the coral reef in the area! Negros Oriental is known for its lush, and diverse marine life where it’s known to be one of the divers playground! But we need to engage youth and learn to appreciate our marine life in order to protect and continue its beauty.

*Tayo youth club, formerly known as Blue Warriors, came together and invited more people to join them in their environmental advocacy. “Tayo” is a Tagalog language meaning “Us”, because it is within us to create the change we want to make in this world.

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit empowers young conservation leaders with the knowledge, tools, and funds to drive solutions oriented ocean conservation projects. To find out more visit: or check out there inspirational video here.

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