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Working With The Younger Generation On World Water Day

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In observance of the World Water Day, March 22, 2018, the municipality of Pereira in  Colombia visited 23 rural primary schools to talk about efficient use of water resources and raise awareness about the local watersheds. This initiative was led by the Secretary of Rural Development and Environmental Management (SDGRA), which delegated one staff member to each school. As part of the activities more than 500 kids were asked to participate in a drawing contest to share their learnings.
I was one of the 23 staff members that conducted the activity with the support of Valentina Prado from EarthShift Global. Having the opportunity of planting the seed of sustainability and protection of common resources to more than 30 kids from the educational institute “La Bella” proved to be one of the most rewarding experience as an environmental professional. The hope of transforming younger generations for a better future is always gratifying and an inspiration to keep working in the sustainability field.
Local environmental authorities selected three drawings from three different schools. Each will get a field trip with his classmates to the natural reserve nearby Santuario de Fauna y Flora Otún Quimbaya, home to more than 300 bird species and the iconic Howler Monkey. There, they will spend the whole day learning about the local fauna and flora.

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Felipe Vasquez About the author: Felipe Vasquez is a PhD candidate in Industrial Ecology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU specializing in socioeconomic metabolism. He is currently working at the municipality of Pereira in the solid waste management sector. Felipe has a MSc in Industrial Ecology from NTNU and a degree in environmental engineering from Universidad Libre de Pereira.