The Office of the President takes part in Koror State Government’s ‘Scoop-N-Go Challenge’ in commemoration of World Oceans Day and in line with Presidential Proclamation 21-304 declaring the week of June 7-11, 2021 as Palau World Oceans Week Through the Koror State Scoop-N-Go Challenge, more than 10,000 pounds of trash and debris have been removed from the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon – a UNESCO world heritage site and Palau’s leading tourist attraction.
The Scoop-N-Go Challenge is an initiative between Koror State and its partners to help restore the health of our natural marine environment by reducing the number of marine debris that originate from human activities in Palau and other neighboring islands.
This initiative was launched on April 23 and will extend until June 25, 2021. It aligns with President Surangel S. Whipps, Jr.’s Presidential Proclamation 21-304, declaring the week of June 7-11, 2021 as World Oceans Day for Palau in observation of the United Nations World Oceans Day, which is June 8th every year.
On World Oceans Day (Tuesday, June 8th), it was President Whipps and his staff’s turn to take on the Scoop-N-Go Challenge. A half-day effort netted more than 960 pounds of trash, including over 1,800 redeemable cans and PET bottles with a redemption value of about USD 90.00.
Various community sectors – including the Executive Branch of the national government, embassies, non-governmental organizations, families, and even young students have taken on the Scoop-N-Go challenge.
Other partners include the US Embassy, the Japan Embassy, the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President, Maris Stella Elementary School, Seventh-day Adventist School, and the Ron Leidich family.
President Whipps emphasized that the ocean plays a vital role in our lives. We know of the global issues threatening this precious resource. “Let’s commit to working together to build better understanding amongst our people; to create environments that foster inclusion and mutual respect; to develop and teach harmony; and to raise children and grandchildren who will safeguard our environment, our ocean, our heritage, and most of all, our people. The ocean is indeed our life and livelihood. Let us work together to protect it.”