On April 22, every year, Earth day is celebrated. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this important commemoration, designed to honor Mother Earth and demonstrate great support for both the protection of the environment and conservation of its biodiversity and natural resources.
Many countries participate in this movement through various activities that raise awareness of the importance of protecting our environment and what we can do to combat environmental problems.
At Pro Eco Azuero, we participated in this celebration by hosting a drawing contest for children, aged 5-12, with the theme “Draw Your Ideal Earth” where children used their imagination to draw their ideal world. About 60 children participated and voting took place on our Instagram @proecoazuero. Valeria Espino Ríos, an 8-year-old girl from the Panama city, won first place with the most votes. Second place went to Ana Gabriela Agudo who is 10 years old and from Santiago de Veraguas.
We appreciate all the children’s participation, as well as the support from their loved ones who were responsible for sending us the drawings. We also thank everyone who voted for their favorite drawings, helping make this initiative a success.
In 2020, we have had several natural events that make us think that nature is calling to the human inhabitants of this land. As the Earth is constantly riddled with sudden changes in temperature and the pollution of soils, rivers, seas and the air, we also factor in the felling of trees that is killing our planet.
Due to the global situation brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen significant changes in the environment such as the drop of CO2 emissions by 25% caused by the reduced consumption of fossil fuels, according to the calculations made by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). As a society, we have had more time to realize that our consumption habits must change and we must make efforts to be more sustainable and environment-friendly, ultimately initiating progress and permanent change.
Earth is crying out for our help. Nature demands that we act in the face of the current situation as it is time to become aware of environmental issues and contribute from our homes to minimize the damage we cause to our Mother Earth.
Chief Seattle said:
“THE EARTH DOES NOT BELONG TO US. WE BELONG TO THE EARTH.”
Translated by Khushmeet Chandi, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology