With the reading of the Proclamation of Constitution of the Rights of Mother Earth, educational talks and the installation of environmental fairs, the volunteers of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Uruguay celebrated World Earth Day.
From April 17 to the 24, activities were developed in Artigas, where government agencies, Activists for Peace from Argentina and civil society participated. The seminars were held in plazas, educational institutions and an environmental reserve.
The Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth carried out a campaign of diffusion in different media, who promoted the events and allowed the Activists to participate in interviews.
The event was carried out with the aim of promoting the recognition of Mother Earth as a living being, in addition, to promote environmental values and Environmental Education in the general public.
For the rights of planet Earth
On April 17 and 18, the Guardians gathered in the environmental reserve “Espacios Verdes Artigas,” with the purpose of reading the Proclamation and promoting the digital signature for the rights of the planet Earth.
The event was attended by the ecologist Eduardo Signorelli, also the president of the environmental committee of the Artigas Departmental Board, Marcelo Silva, and professor Luis Mazziotti, representative of the Postgraduate in Projects, Environmental Impact Assessment and formulation of projects in the Environment area.
With the support of the Activists of Argentina, on April 19 and 20, volunteers gave awareness talks and presented the International Children of Mother Earth Program to more than 474 students (initial and basic level) along with 20 teachers.
In the central plaza Artigas, volunteers installed the Fair for the Peace of Mother Earth. The activity was attended by authorities of the Departmental Intendency; as well as, Jorge Cristaldo, director of Environmental Management, the deputy director Milton Gutiérrez; and by the Department of Culture, director Luis Rodriguez.
Likewise, 45 students and professors Sergio Viera, Alejandra Barrios, Miriam Roballez and Alex Gomez of the Agrarian School attended, who spoke about the annoni grass, harmful undergrowth that has invaded the fields of northern Uruguay.
Reading of the Proclamation
For his part, the ecologist Eduardo Signorelli spoke about the indigenous peoples and recalled the 186 years of the Slaughter of Salsipuedes (April 11, 1831). In this fact the last charrúas Indians died.
In addition, 100 students toured the modules that made up the fair and presented their artwork at the exhibition “I love you, Mother Earth.” The Proclamation of the Constitution of the Rights of Mother Earth was read as part of the activity.