This year's National Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrates the Island’s natural beauty. It is a beauty whose future rests in our hands and whether we take action at home and Puerto Rico to protect the places we love so that future generations can enjoy them too. The following are two organizations that can help you get involved and make a difference for the Natural Beauty of Puerto Rico:
For the last 40 years the Conservation Trust has dedicated itself to connecting people with nature through its mission to protect and enhance the Island's natural resources. The Conservation Trust carries out this mission through the acquisition of lands of great ecological, aesthetic, historic and cultural value. The Trust currently protects more than 23,000 acres of valuable land in Puerto Rico, where they have received over 1 million visitors in the past 20 years alone. Through education programs the public learns about environmental issues and the need to protect and conserve our natural resources. Through its reforestation program, Árboles… más árboles (A+A), the Trust produces and distributes native tree species that help promote the Island's biological diversity. The only beneficiary of The Conservation Trust is the people of Puerto Rico.
If you enjoy picnicking with your family or treasure memories of a special place in nature you love to visit, you'll feel right at home in the Sierra Club. Since 1892, this organization has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. It is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States with 1.4 million members and supporters who are inspired to explore, enjoy and protect the natural treasures of our planet. The Sierra Club of Puerto Rico was founded in 2005 by three Puerto Rican students of environmental affairs at the Metropolitan University in San Juan. Now the Chapter's volunteers offer excursions every weekend to help people discover Puerto Rico's enchantment. The Island's 1300 members work together to protect the places we visit so that they will be available for today's children and one day their children too.
Here’s a list of things you can do to make your National Puerto Rican Day Parade Green:
Taking small actions to protect the environment is important for our kids’ future, but also can help you save a few dollars. The electricity we use at home, the gas we guzzle in our cars and the products use and then through away have a cost to the environment and often to our pocket book as well. The environmental impact can be as local as a growing landfill or factory that pollutes our water and air that can make us sick. Or the impact can be as big as global warming which intensifies heat waves, deepen droughts and strengthen hurricanes putting our communities at risk. By changing the way we do things we can help the environment and save some money at home by using less electricity and gas, as well as buying less stuff. We have the power to change the way we do things and to protect our Planet’s natural beauty so that the world we leave our kids will be a place that will be safe, healthy and beautiful. But we need your help. You can make the difference.