They are still in grade school, but the “Defensores del Manglar El Maria” – the defenders of the El Maria mangrove forest – are already deeply involved in saving their environment.
Panama has lost over half of its mangroves to development and the tanning industry. But now a group of school children have taken up the cause of defending these important forests.
A dream of transforming a polluted wetland into a meeting place for young people has seen a thriving canoe club become established in the disadvantaged area of Khayelitsha, just outside of Cape Town in South Africa.
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