Biodiversity Outreach in Batete, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is one love, focusing on images that communicate “expressions of pure joy, respect, loyalty, and sacrifice for someone other than ourselves, and instructions on letting go and focusing on what is most important in this world.”  I’m reminded, as I was last week, of the life-changing experience I had studying and conducting research on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. This photo is from a Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) outreach session designed to teach Equatoguinean children about the value of the biodiversity around them, including the variety of sea turtle species that nest on the southern beaches of the island. A large part of my experience with the BBPP involved connecting with people from vastly different backgrounds, and sharing our mutual passions and varied expertise in order to work toward common goals. These experiences taught me valuable lessons about what’s most important in this world: the things that we all share.

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