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Apr 22, 2015

BAS Celebrates Earth Day at Guanacaste Park

The world is celebrating the forty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day. It’s a special day to honor and appreciate nature. For Belize, N.G.O.s use the day to raise awareness of environmental issues and to teach students ways to protect our environment. News Five joined Belize Audubon Society for their Earth Day celebration at the Guanacaste National Park in Belmopan. Andrea Polanco was there.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Every year, April twenty second is observed as Earth Day. An annual event celebrated across the world, activities are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Today, Belize Audubon Society took the lead to promote earth day in Belize by planting trees.


Dirk Francisco

Dirk Francisco, Publicity Coordinator, Belize Audubon Society

“Today was kinda the highlight of the event of our celebration of earth day this year. Aside from today, we distributed two hundred mahogany trees. We gave them away to Belizeans and organizations who wanted one. Today at Guanacaste National Park is a big day because yesterday, April 21st was the fifteenth anniversary of the existence of the national park. So, today we were excited that diplomats were here and government representatives were here to plant these trees and we will ensure that these trees grow and provide a greener space for Belize.”


Andrea Polanco

“What type and how many trees were planted today?”


Dirk Francisco

“Well, as you see Andrea, we planted eight mahogany trees. As you know, Mahogany trees take very long to grow and we will ensure that these ones grow at Guanacaste National Park.”


Commemorating Earth Day along with the Belize Audubon Society was the Belize National Road Safety Project. But, what does road safety and trees have in common? Well, C.E.O Yvonne Hyde says that the planting of trees must be planned to coexist with development.


Yvonne Hyde

Yvonne Hyde, C.E.O., Ministry of Economic Development

“The design of the roundabout included where the tree was and we had to cut down the tree and there was a lot of reaction from various entities about cutting down this tree. We knew the tree was not planned to be there and that the tree was a Rain Tree. So the tree was cut down and there were objections but we offered as a gesture to the Audubon Society to plant trees. But, to make the point that, trees should be planted in a managed fashion in public areas and that is really the link. And in managed fashion or managed areas because that helps to keep areas safer.”


The partners say that if nothing else, today’s activities should remind us of the vital roles trees and a green environment play.


Dirk Francisco

“Trees, as you know, provide many benefits to the environment; one being, a green beautiful place. So, trees are the actual organisms that produce oxygen and utilize a very harmful gas that is in the atmosphere- carbon dioxide as you know is one of the green house gases that contribute to the warming up of the earth through a process called global warming. So, the more trees you have the more CO-two you are utilizing from the atmosphere. Also, trees many people might not know provide privacy for your home. Also, right now it is dry season in Belize and they provide shade and reduce dust. Another big contribution from trees is the reduction of soil erosion. If you notice when it is dry season and blowing and throwing dust all over the place and the rivers are polluted, when you have trees this is all minimized. So, trees are important Belizeans. Keep your trees.”


Yvonne Hyde

“I would urge people to try to understand why we have done this. We don’t have the level of carbon emissions that the more developed countries have. I think it is good for us to keep the environment as pristine as it is right now and to understand why the protected areas are in the amounts that there are. I don’t think we want an environment that there is no conservation, there is no, and I am speaking simplistically, there is no clean area for the future population to survive in.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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