Person Pamela Legdesog
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- Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
OrganizationAn organization (generally educational, nonprofit, or governmental) that plays a significant role related to Pacific Islands climate education.
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- Associate Chief Programs Officer
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- PCEP Roles:
- PCEP Staff Person, PREL Regional Service Staff
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- Although I was born and raised in Kentucky, I’ve spent the majority of my life in the islands. I came to live in Micronesia in 1977 living and working in Ulithi- one of the remote neighboring atolls of Yap State, FSM. At that time, there was approximately 130 people on the island, there was no electricity or running water, and people lived off the land and ocean much as they had for centuries. I was always in awe of how islanders conserved and protected the few precious resources they had on these islands and how traditions and culture played such a huge part in making sure that everyone’s basic needs were met, without adversely affecting the environment. After several years living on the atoll, I served as the science education specialist for the State of Yap for about 10 years, and taught Environmental Science courses at COMFSM. Joining PREL in 1992 and working with the Pacific Mathematics and Science Regional Consortium Program enabled me to learn more about other Pacific islands, their cultures and ways. Although my work, and ‘homes’ in the region have changed somewhat over the years, the small, vulnerable islands will always hold a special place in my heart. Witnessing the environmental impact of changes on small atolls due to weather and climate, it is my hope that partnership efforts- such as those promoted through the PCEP program can help to bring information and educational resources to affected communities.
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