Earth Day 2015: LATAM’s contributions.

Earthday pic“But the big decisions that lie ahead are not just for world leaders and policy-makers. Today, on Mother Earth Day, I ask each one of us to be mindful of the impacts our choices have on this planet, and what those impacts will mean for future generations. “

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

What have the Latin American governments been doing to help protect our ecosystem and our planet? Must surely they are doing much more, but here’s what I found for today’s post:

The Peruvian authorities have approved a Master Plan for the preservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu during the 2015-2019 period, the plan protects the environmental value and complete worth of the more than 37,000 hectares (91,000 acres) protected by the Peruvian state in that southern area of the country. The plan also seeks to involve the local population more directly in tourism activities and in the area’s management, while organizing both productive activities and transportation services to Machu Picchu in order to reduce their ecological impact.

The Antigua and Barbuda government held discussions with the Special Envoy for Japan-Caribbean Community Relations about aid from Japan to help increase the proportion of energy it gets from renewable sources to 20 percent over the next five years.

Puerto Rico will expand its sea-mammal protection program to foster the local recovery of species such as the humpback whale, North Atlantic humpbacks arrive in the waters around Puerto Rico in November to mate and generally remain in the area until March or April.

And last but not least, in the past few months Mexico presented its plan to the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) to reduce greenhouse gas production in 22% and carbon emissions in 51% by the year 2030.

🙂 Stay tuned.

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