“SAVING THE SEA TURTLES” FESTIVAL

:
A LOW COST METHOD TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
IN COASTAL SCHOOLS OF URUGUAY


Gustavo Martinez-Souza, Mauro Russomagno, Gabriela Vélez-Rubio,
Luciana Alonso, Italia Triquez, Bruno Techera, Laura Berrondo

Base Científica Cerro Verde - Karumbé, La Coronilla, Uruguay


To conservate, we need
know: who, where and
why
To understand this we
need to do RESEARCH
But the research will only help the conservation
when the results be shared with the scientific
community as well as the local communities.
Why should we do environmental education?
“2011”: The drums bring
the news, the invaders
aren’t immortal (E.Galeano),
Giving value to the local culture,
working with native animals,
migration process and the
problem with invasive species.









Teams: Sea Terrestrial Animals









Conservation Task: collection of
top bottles
Results of Conservation Task:
10000 top bottles, donated to
public hospitals that exchange for
blankets
Cost: 150U$ - 0.42U$ /student
“2010”: "Our beach, a
special home”







Highlighting the importance of our
zone and our contribution to the
degradation of these ecosystems
Teams: Sea Marine Animals












Conservation Task: 350 bags
painted, presenting the
importance of the three Rs
(Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
Cost: 850U$ - 2.42U$ /student




Why?
To share knowledge and to make students aware of our
responsibility in preserving the environment.
For Who?
Two schools surrounding of Cerro Verde, a feeding area in
Uruguay - 350 students (20% of local people)
How?
During one week, one conservation theme is developed
As the themes were developed?
By Plays and the “Olympic Games”, where the students were
divided in teams and participated on artistics, recreational, sports
and researches. activities.





What were the research activities?
Using the internet and personal computers (donate by the Uruguayan
government), answer questions about his teams in the Olympic
Games.
What were the artistic activities?
Made songs and customs, painted flags and walls
What were the recreational and sports activities?
Plays about conservation além de football, basketball, bowling,
dodgeball and run with obstacles
How not to create competition between studens?
Strengthening the idea that the important thing is not win but to
participate, share and learning have fun.





What is the Festival?
We believe that the Festivals have helped build an identity
associated with the care of the environment, forming citizens
transformers reality On the other hand, have helped consolidate the
ideas in the team, clarification of our own responsibility as citizens in
preserving the environment and the formation of a more just society
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
“2008”:The Turtles Race
Present the sea turtles species,
its life cycle and threats.









Teams: Species turtles
Conservation Task: collecting
plastic bottles








Results of Conservation Task:






Cost: 150U$ - 0.42U$ /student
CONCLUSIONS
1650 bottles
employed for
the construction
of a Green
House
“2009”: Where are the
turtles from?








The differences and similarities
social, cultural environmental and
geographical between nesting
countries and Uruguay






Conservation Task: collecting
plastic bottles
Results of Conservation Task:
2300 bottles employed for the
construction of a Green House





Cost: 150U$ - 0.42U$ /student
Teams: Sea
Turtle
Nesting
Countries