Ecology

April 22, 2009

Earth Day in Ecuador

Today people around the world are celebrating Earth Day. ¨On April 22, 1970 the first Earth Day celebration was held and it was considered one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy¨1  . There are non-profit organizations and eco-activists fighting every single day to tell people the impact they are having on the environment. We, as human beings, are the most destructive group on the planet. We are destroying, contaminating and killing the Earth. There are plenty of organizations, studies, media coverage and campaigns out there to show the people of the world just what type of impact they are having on the environment and the loss of natural resources, yet they have been unsuccessful, why? Because we are not the type to really care about our environment. We have a selfish way of thinking, one day we will wake up to find ourselves paying for the right to breathe clean air or fighting over clean water.

There are some local activities to celebrate Earth Day in Ecuador that you can do, such as going to a public park and speaking about what Earth Day means to you, set up a photo contest involving the beautiful Ecuadorian nature or inviting people to march in the streets to help raise awareness and celebrate the day. For the first time in the history of Ecuador we are committing to so something different and fair with out natural resources. We are telling the world that we refuse to explore the 900 million barrels of oil in Ecuador has in the reserves located in the Yasuni National Park, which was declared a Biosphere reserve in 1989 by the Unesco. Ecuadorians have committed to not destroy and explore the ITT (Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputini) oil field reserves, instead the Ecuadorian government has decided to ask for compensation, according to liveyasuni.org, ¨ consisting of $350 million per year for a 10 year period ¨ . ¨These funds will be placed in a trust fund and will help to create a sustainable economy, preserve the rainforest and recognize the rights of the Waorani and other indigenous communities in the Yasuni¨(Live Yasuní: Economic Transformation)2.

Being a proud member of the planet Earth, I really don’t think that there is just one day to celebrate Earth Day. I celebrate Earth Day every day by doing things that cause less of a CO2 impact on the environment. I stated my own campaign telling people the importance of planting trees around the world in helping to decrease the amounts of CO2 in the air. By the way, how many trees did you plant today? I planted 1 and I will plant more with your help. You are a vital part of the solution; you can change and help the ecosystem. I would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about my cause and helping to maintain and preserve the amazing piece of the universe we live on.

By Danilo Luzuriaga / Green Activist / Green News from the Middle of the World

[1] American Heritage Magazine, October 2003. Envirolink. 04 Apr. 2009 <http://earhtday.envirolink.org/history.html&gt;.

[2] Live Yasuni, 2007. Live Yasuni. 04 Apr.2009 <http://www.liveyasuni.org/&gt;.

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