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Providencia Marks 40th Annual World Environment Day

Providencia Marks 40th Annual World Environment Day
June 05
15:08 2012

PROVIDENCIA — To commemorate World Environment Day, the environmental organization “Salva la Tierra” will, in conjunction with the Municipality of Providencia, be setting up stands outside of the municipality.  They wil be offering activities such as eco-workshops and talks, as well as the opportunity to buy environmentally friendly products.

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Photo: Luis Armando Rasteletti via Wikimedia Commons

As of today, vegetarians in Chile will have their own website where, among other things, columnists will be able to submit articles promoting a vegetarian diet.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of World Environment Day, which is run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The aims of this day are to “give a human face to environmental issues”, promote environmental sustainability, as well as the understanding that communities are vital in bringing about the changes essential to protecting our planet.

Although Santiago has made efforts to be greener, such as the ‘puntos verdes’ introduced across the capital (to find out more, click here), only ten percent of its residents  recycle.  On average, every person in the city produces 1.3 kilos of trash per day, culminating to a total of 474 kilos per year.

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Sophie Bauer

Sophie is a student from the UK on her year abroad here in Chile and has been living in Santiago since September 2011. She works as an English language assistant and is a volunteer with the English Opens Doors Program and Amnesty International.


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