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28-08-2015 Cop20 news

Children and teenagers are involved and provide inputs on Climate Change during the II Environmental Dialogue

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Lima, August 28th.-Motivated by addressing issues of global concern in a privileged space such as the National Library, yesterday during the morning a large group of 100 children and teenagers from different educational institutions that have participated in Motivational Workshops, met in the II Environmental Dialogue through the Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and the Ministry of Education (MINEDU) coordination.

“Its good to have this type of events. You are not the future: you are the present and leaders, you are seeds that in a few years will be decision makers with responsibility and knowledge. So here you are going to be able to share your knowledge,” said Paola Patino, Director of Education, Culture and Environmental Citizenship for MINAM.

So the boys can have active participation, encouraging the organization and development of awareness-raising actions and education within their schools, family environment, neighborhoods, among others. These young people were chosen in various educational institutions after participating in Motivational Workshops, and presented before the environmental and local authorities a series of proposals and possible solutions to the environmental problems and generate commitments.

The main problems detected are: inadequate management of solid waste, poor air quality and lack of awareness campaigns in their neighborhoods. Given these problems, the children have suggested environmental education in schools, in addition to promoting corporate social responsibility campaigns promoting proper garbage disposal. Additionally, the creation of an Urban Recovery of Plan Public Spaces was mentioned and compliance of environmental standards.

“We will inherit Peru and we deserve a healthy country,” said Brenda Nunez Cotrina from Carabayllo. Ronald Larico from Ate used a quote from Benjamin Franklin to show that all must be considered in the environmental issue: “If I get involved, I learn”. Finally, Luis Enrique Alomía from Carabayllo defended the idea that dreams and expectations do not have to happen in the future if as of today we can take action to improve our environment.

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