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A Potential Education Program of Walt Disney World about Coastal Habitats Protection

                      

 

Currently, coastal habitats around the world are regrettably damaged by climate change, plastic debris, overfishing, chemical pollution, and so on. In 2016, as the most famous recent case of this vulnerable ecosystem, we could recognize th‚Äče coral reef loss of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia via several news platforms. In fact, this unintended instance could be also seen in many other locations around the world. Losing a piece of marine ecosystem means other species loss in the ocean because each species is closely interrelated. Therefore, we must consider and address the coastal habitats protection in our life.

 

 

Considering the coastal habitats protection, it would connect us with a great sustainable case of Walt Disney World (WDW). The WDW is recently addressing several hybrid programs of education and coastal habitats conservation in multiple locations which are Disney World Resort in Orland, Walt Disney Vero Beach Resort, and Castaway Cay during Disney Cruise Line. The Disney World Resort in Orland established sustainable policy about fishing in their resort and addresses sustainable strategy in order to enhance water quality of their marinas while the Walt Disney Vero Beach Resort is taking actions for sea turtle conservation with educational opportunity to guests (Randle & Halter, 2013). The Disney Cruise Line provides educational opportunities about marine protection to their guests through Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure in the Castaway Cay and also educates local children in Bahamas about local marine habitats (Disney Cruise Line, 2014). As the great function of WDW’s strategy, they involve not only their casts but also guests as education in their coastal habitats protection program. Obviously, the WDW owns a enormous power to influence young generation and other guests who have grown up with the world of Disney.

 

The WDW also constructed their theme parks and resorts in several countries such as Japan, French, and China in parallel with expanding Disney’s movies and Disney Channel to all over the world. However, their excellent education programs for coastal habitats conservation and other environmental awareness have not been implemented in these countries yet. For instance of sea turtle conservation in Japan, the sea turtle conservation strategy is driven by only a single institution called Sea Turtle Association of Japan (SEATURTLE.ORG, 2009). This single approach does not seem sufficient to protect sea turtle and their education part also seem non-attractive for children and other volunteers. If Tokyo Disney Resort launches their coastal habitats protection program based on the WDW around coastal areas in Japan, more children, their parents, and other guests who have grown up with the Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Channel in Japan, or Disney movies would be willing to participate their program such as the case of the U.S. because most of young generation in Japan have grown up with the world of the Disney since 1983 when the Tokyo Disney Resort opened. In terms of the coastal habitats protection, thus, the potential of the Disney educational program are still an unknown quantity.

                

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Minotani, T. (2017). A Potential Education Program of Walt Disney World about Coastal Habitats Protection. Retrieved from http://www.bluecommunity.info/view/article/58e0495a0cf2f1b5abcf5010

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