President Tommy Remengesau Jr. has declared 18th to 26th of April as National Earth Week for the Republic of Palau in observance of Earth Day 2019.

Earth Day that started in the United States in the 1970. Every year 22nd of April is recognized as Earth Day around the world highlighting the urgent need to conserve the earth’s resources and protect the environment.

This year, Palau is dedicating a week in observance of Earth Day and the theme is ‘Protect Our Species: Our Lands, Our Ocean, For Our Children.’

Remengesau through the Presidential Proclamation said, “Sustainably will only be achieved by being able to meet the needs of the present without compromising theneeds of the future generations.

“Sustainability needs innovation and innovation needs sustainability” he adds.

He further states that innovations in learning about the land and ocean are crucial in understanding the ecosystems.

Remengesau also said that National Earth Week is fundamental in fulfilling Palau’s commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity and to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal number 14 and 15.

Some of the things the goals deal with is conservation of ocean, seas and marine resources along with protection of terrestrial ecosystem, management of forest.

“All are encouraged to partake in actions, as individuals, families, communities, and as a Nation, to take responsibility for the protection of our unique species and look for opportunity to minimize further declination of their populations,” Remengesau said.