In order to motivate and instill in young children the need to protect the planet, 30 volunteers from the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez visited the Jaime Torres Bodet elementary school in Ciudad Juarez today to talk about positive habits that children may adopt to protect the environment.
The Consulate maintains an active recycling program and during the presentation, consular officials discussed the life cycle of a soccer ball and its impact on the environment. The volunteers also created 20 boxes for children to start their own recycling program in the classroom and donated 12 garbage recycling containers to promote recycling at the school.
As part of our Earth Day events, a consular official also gave a talk to students at the high school CBTIS 114 where he spoke about the tragedy of the commons and its application to fisheries resources.
“We are happy to donate our time and effort to work with our community and we are proud to celebrate this Earth Day with activities that support the Secretary’s Green Diplomacy Initiative,” said the Consul General Daria L. Darnell.
Since 2013, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation for providing food, water and shelter for migratory birds. This year we intend to maintain this certification with the installation of a small duck pond. Since we are in the migratory paths of bees and monarch butterflies, we are currently in the process of growing and planting a garden to support these two wildlife populations. The garden will have flowers and plants which are crucial for their migration. Implementation and maintenance of these projects are carried out with the active participation of the Consulate community.
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. Today, world leaders from more than 100 countries, including the United States, are to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. We can all contribute – let’s build a better future by changing our habits to promote development with low carbon emissions and clean energy. Happy Earth Day!