Museo Pambata (MP) teaches kids how to care for the environment through discussions, games, and fun activities through “Earth Defenders,” held last April 20, 2013.
“Earth Defenders” is MP's annual Earth Day celebration which aims to impart knowledge and practices on environmental conservation to the youth in a fun manner.
Around 70 children from Quezon City, Lucena, Malabon, and Metro Manila joined the activities. They were split into five groups, who they worked with for the rest of the day.
The day's events was facilitated by Ms. Sarah Queblatin from Mandala Earth Story, with assistance from MP's volunteers. She began by leading the children into a guided meditation and body awareness. In this process of knowing one's self, it becomes much easier to be aware of the problems of the planet.
Queblatin likened our bodies to the elements of our planet, and the children learned more about this concept by making body maps in their respective groups. Their body maps were discussed and displayed at the museum's Changing Exhibits gallery.
She also discussed the problems that can be seen in the Smokey Mountain in Mountain Province, where she volunteers as a storyteller. Through a slide show, she presented how the residents of Smokey Mountain overcame their problems by being resourceful and innovative.
To cap off the day, each of the groups decided on a symbol as their representation, which they incorporated into a mandala: a spiritual symbol that represents the balance of the universe. The children also made seed balls, which they either took home or gave to the museum for planting.
The event was made possible with the support of the following: SMEJ Catering Services, Jollibee – Rizal Park, Chowking – Luneta, Magic Creams, Cream-O, and Big Sip.