World Environment Day offers a global platform for all, inspiring positive change around environmental action. Celebrated annually on June 5, it highlights global change requires a global community. Additionally, it encourages people from all walks of life around the world to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues. And this year, the theme is biodiversity.
Biodiversity – a theme which comes at a very apt time as we continue to face and fight this global pandemic of COVID-19 and injustices across the world. Other events this year alone – including the Australian bushfires, the locusts in East Africa and the floods in Indonesia – show the intrinsic link between mother nature and the world in which we exist. Consequently, nature is sending us a message and one we must all act on. Together.
The foods we eat. The air we breathe. The water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet.
– World Environment Day Global
And in our beautiful Belize, APAMO Belize (The Association for Protected Areas Management Organization) are one of the key changers and fighters that are working towards a greener future. As ‘the voice of Belize’s Protected Areas’, this non-governmental organisation aims to influence and encourage the Belizeans to safeguard the integrity and biodiversity of Belize’s protected areas. Furthermore, they work to ensure that any use of Belize’s natural resources are sustainable. Their 14 protected area managed sites represent 42% of Belize’s protected areas, and APAMO encourages visitors to explore and enjoy these sites respectfully.
Their membership includes a total of sixteen (16) non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs). Members include the Belize Audubon Society, The Community Baboon Sanctuary, Friends of Swallow Caye, and Rio Blanco Mayan Association; to name a few.
Check out this video to see APAMO makes a difference in Belize by contributing to the environment and mother nature everyday!
This year, we celebrate digitally across the world worldwide. However, we know that together, we can make a difference. See how the rest of the world is celebrating World Environment Day here.