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Environmental group invites community to step up and clean up

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Responsibility -- that's what the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance or MCCA, is taking with respect to our island community.

Despite being only nine months in the making, the organization has received major support from a local renewable energy solutions company, Micronesia Renewable Energy, who provided it with an office in their corporate headquarters in Tamuning.

Michelle Voacolo, the president of MCCA stepped up to the challenge of cleaning up after those who choose to violate the cultural expectation we all share in our respective communities when it comes to getting rid of our own garbage the right way. She acknowledged that a lot of the illegal dumping problem gets put on the mayors and how that mentality leads to a lack of ownership being taken by members of the municipality.

"I feel like, you know, as a community we could all step up and do our part and helping clean and teaching the younger generations the responsible and the right things to do," she said.

Voacolo said that if we as a community abandon our responsibility and sense of pride with respect the beautification of our neighborhoods and look to the government to solve all of our the negative impacts of illegal dumping and other social issues will continue to increase. That is why the MCCA is taking action.

"So May 18, Saturday, May 18 from 7 a.m. until noon, we're going to be doing the cleanup," she said. "So the Yigo mayor, the vice mayor, everybody that works at the mayor's office is going to be coming out. They're also reaching out to other members in the Yigo community specifically who live around, you know, that bus stops area to come and clean up."


Voacolo posted the cleanup information on MCCA's social media, which she says has garnered great support. That, added with the MCCA members and employees from Micronesia Renewable Energy the cleanup on the 18th now has at least thirty volunteers. But there is still room for more helping hands.

"I have a lot of hope, I really do," she said. "I think in the way this administration is going people are seeing that illegal dumping is an issue. We're seeing more and more, you know, articles and publications on climate change every day and I think that willingness between public/private sectors and citizens alike, people are starting to realize and come together to make a difference."

Voacolo's message regarding Climate Change is simple: the task addressing the global impacts are beyond overwhelming so think small. If we all take action in our immediate locales our collective efforts will mitigate the major effects, especially the man-made ones. Essentially, before you try and clean the world, maybe it's best to clean your room first.

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