A different environmental education experience for more than 500 students celebrating World Wildlife Day
"Education is a power; and we are aware that it is the most powerful weapon to transform mentalities, therefore, a fundamental mechanism for changing societies; and consequently, to change the world." Dr. William Soto, CEO of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP).
More than 500 students were involved in activities, and received education on topics such as: the goals of UN involved in this global celebration of nature; the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and the Environment Movement "Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth"; themes that were developed through creative modules under the concept of the 5 R's: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Reject and Re-educate.
They visited the Virginia Vazquez Mendoza School on March 2nd and the Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances Middle School on March 3rd, which were the scenes for the Environmental Displays of the GEAP, with the slogan “Let us save the Wildlife of our Mother Earth.” Activity in which teachers and directors also participated in, motivated by the education of the students on issues that determine the future of our Mother Earth.
Plays and various creations allowed a different educational experience for children and young people, who learned about the species of wild fauna and flora of the country; among these, the Coqui, a small and peculiar frog native to Puerto Rico, discovered 40 years ago, among other types of amphibians which are currently in danger of extinction. Also, the Puerto Rican parrot or iguaca was another species mentioned, and the Activists explained to the students how deforestation of the island, caused by man, has wreaked havoc on these ecosystems.
In this sense, the Activists promoted the importance of preserving the flora and fauna, which are an essential part of the life cycles on the planet and that become symbols of nations; in turn, they indicated how individually and collectively one can perform continuous actions, taking responsibility as “Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth.”
Directors and teachers actively participated in the celebration
“Our planet is alive; for that reason it is our house, our home, and we must protect it by all means, both fauna and flora. We must create awareness in our young people, to protect; because if we don’t, we will end up with nothing on this planet, and there is no other place in the universe where we could find water which is the source of life,” expressed Yanet Rivera, science teacher.
“Our school, as part of the project ‘Future in alliance’ with the municipality of Cayey, is working on small gardens in our school so that children have this awareness to plant and preserve the environment,” he said.
“It is important to protect the environment, because we cannot live without it,” said the student Andrés Saya Montaño.