Editor’s Note: Today Planet Change continues our Into the Islands series, a one-man production with Dan Ho, a native of Guam, who serves not only as the series’ host, but as cameraman and editor. Traveling throughout the Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Dan shares stories of people and conservation, as well as climate change, in island communities.
Motivating youth to become involved in their communities is a key goal of the Micronesia Challenge, a conservation initiative supported by governments, funding partners and The Nature Conservancy to preserve the natural resources crucial to the survival of Pacific traditions, cultures and livelihoods.
As we follow Dan Ho’s adventures, check out Part 1 of the next Into the Islands episode above, which explores the challenges of climate change and introduces us to some of the youth who are getting involved to find solutions.
In this video, 19-year-old Broderick Menke returns to the place of his birth, Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, after being raised in California. He shows Dan how a beach and playground has changed over the years since he left.
As islanders cope with rising sea levels, they also face more mundane daily challenges, such as spotty internet access.
Visit Planet Change to watch more of Dan Ho’s island video adventures.
Lisa Hayden is a blogger and writer for The Nature Conservancy.
Photo by: Fickr user mattk1979 (An island hopping flight from Guam to Honolulu, stopping at Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Kwajalein and Majuro).
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