The UP Open University Earth Ambassadors is a project by the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) that aims to train a core group of selected elementary students to promote awareness about sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and management of natural ecosystems and traditional socio-ecological landscapes. Specifically, the project aims to:
- Empower UPOU Earth Ambassadors to have the knowledge and skills to be stewards of the environment;
- Train the UPOU Earth Ambassadors on the use of various media in its advocacy to protect the environment;
- Identify and implement projects that will mitigate the ill effects of climate change and environmental degradation; and
- Promote environmental conservation and management in schools and communities.
Elementary students were chosen for this project as they are yet free of biases, hence , it would be easier to inculcate and nurture the values of nature conservation in them. The project started with three elementary schools adjacent to the location of the UPOU in Laguna, namely, The Learning Place of Los Banos, Sto. Domingo Elementary School of Bay, and Dayap Elementary School of Calauan. This project is in collaboration with Yakap Kalikasan Tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Pilipinas, Inc.
Through this project, it is expected that they will help promote awareness in their schools and in their communities about the importance of sustainable environmental management.