By Johanna E. Santa Cruz A.
News from Pimentel, Chiclayo - Perú
On the shore we saw dead jellyfish and a dolphin’s head — discarded on the wet sand. The scene was really depressing.
Last year, more than two thousand marine species were found dead along the beach. The Institute of Peruvian Sea Investigation claimed they died from natural causes.
A few days ago I read a short article about dead dolphins, turtles, sea lions and jellyfish strung across the Peruvian shoreline. Our Institute of Peruvian Sea Investigation is testing the water determine the real cause of death. I expect that the Institute will write that the sea denizens died of natural cause.
I do not know why they will lie or for whom they will falsify the cause of death. We know the answer: pollution and petroleum that is drilled out of the sea.
Governments need to be cautious and work on laws that protect our natural resources. If we continue destroying them, there will be nothing for our future generations.
Small steps, like picking up rubbish in front of people who throw it away and teach them to do so. It may not be a big thing compared to all the trash that litters this world, but at least it will be one step towards saving our planet.
“We are the environment. The world is literally one biological process. The trees are our lungs. Look at the Amazon River system next to a human cardiovascular system, look at corals or trees and look at our lungs, you literally cannot tell the difference. They’re the same. So when we destroy our environment, we’re effectively destroying ourselves.”
By Johanna E. Santa Cruz A.
Nowadays we are facing solid waste everywhere. It is summer in Perú. This season is really attractive to families, friends and couples. One thing we must consider is how we spend our time at the beach. Will it be of benefit to us, or will it not benefit us.
Look at the beaches at Pimentel in Peru. When the entire family goes to the beach they carry prepared food, fruit, sodas and all type of snacks. There is nothing wrong with that, except for what happens with packages, cans and uneaten food. The question is: Are we aware that one tiny morsel of solid waste affects the planet’s ecosystem and marine life?
Two Sundays ago, I went with a group of people to Pimentel Beach as we connected through Facebook and decided to do something to safeguard our beaches. Many people throw litter away on the sand without thinking about its impact. Ninety two people clicked on the button “going”. However, only twelve people went to the beach. Facebook can be a good tool to invite people and most of them clicked on “going”, but reality is different.
Once we were at the beach, we started calling for people’s attention using a megaphone and asking them to think about our beaches that are not places to throw stuff away when they are finished eating or using something. There were people who claimed the local government must take care of their garbage as that is what they pay the government to do. We started picking up fruit peals, snack packages, cans and plastic bags. Some people just stared at us, others did not even pay attention; there were people who mocked us demonstrating their stupidity and ignorance.
This picture was taken by Kyra Arze
Hunter College, 16’
New York, NY, USA
The word “Joy” is not as easy to explain, as it is as easy to express. I was fortunate enough to experience what joy is by sharing my time spent helping a living thing that cannot easily say, “Thank you” for being there for them. The joy that I had the honor to receive was by giving my love and attention to helpless animals that are in need of loving homes. Their lives are filled with daily routines that deal with happiness, confusion and at some moments, loneliness. They were brought into this world by no choice of there own, hoping that they will be selected amongst their siblings in the litter of pups or kittens, wishing to be the lucky one cute enough to be adopted into a family of their own.
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Chaparri is a private area that belongs to Muchick Santa Catalina Community in Chongoyape, a 2 hour-trip from Chiclayo, Peru. This area keeps giving us ideas on how to protect our environment, and offers small solutions on how to use inorganic waste and make it useful.
Tina Montalvo, a female volunteer who works with the Environmental Community Development Program – Peace Corps, came to Peru four years ago, wanting to share her technical knowledge by reusing 500-liter plastic bottles. Bottles that can be filled up with inorganic waste such as: cookie dough, noodles and detergent packages and other ones. They became into eco-bricks. Inorganic waste lasts 1000 hundred years in decomposing while polluting our environment.
Help in Action – CIPDES the Spanish acronym for Research Center and Promotion of Sustainable Development, implemented recycling as it helps, encourages and matches protecting activities in favor of our environment.
The Eco museum has been built using 7,000 eco-bricks in that 2,000 glass bottles were used allow light into the structure. Each bottle was filled with 150 grams of solid waste, that was collected from surrounding local schools and streets. These bottles also were picked up for their decoration on or in the glass giving it Muchick designs (the indigenous culture that developed in this area). To date, this building has contributed to the cleaning of 10 kilometers in the area.
These activities help our environment if we reduce what we consume daily and encourages us to think about our life on this planet. It may have taken time to build the Eco Museum, but it was worth the time, cost, and labor as it gave us a working model for reusing solid waste.
By Johanna E. Santa Cruz A.
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We all know about energies and how positive or negative energy can be radiated, also we know about emotions and we categorize them into positive and negative. We know for a fact that hatred, jealousy, disappointment, sadness, fear, anxiety are negative emotions that can only bring to us negativity and degrade our souls but what we have been forgetting is that Love, and the beautiful emotions it is made of: care, empathy, compassion, satisfaction, togetherness, sense of belonging and unity are all positive and strong emotions that should cancel the negative or at least supposed radiate optimism, instill hope and belief, restore faith. All of these positive emotions in fact upgrade our soul thereby generating happiness.
Love is an emotion you feel for anyone who is dear to you. It isn’t dependent on form, shape, name, family or any materialistic ownership. It is this purest feeling of just being, without which everything around is worthless, senseless and useless. Love is not restricted to a living person. In fact there are absolutely no finite boundaries for love. Because love has always been infinite and for those who have experienced it would comply that it only grows with the times you share and with the times you perform an act of love which includes giving care, showing empathy, being compassionate, being there for someone.
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Three weeks ago I went to my Auntie’s house, then, one night, while laying peacefully in a wide featherbed, I heard a kitty cat meow so loudly that I rose for an instant, startled, but then settled back into the arms of waiting slumber. I didn’t have problem with the soft lows of the feline furry friend beckoning me to my chamber’s windsill, as I turned over and nodded off into a world of my own.
The next morning, as I sleepily awakened I heard my aunt say she would kill that cat if she would “heard her scream so loud again”. She mentioned to us that her neighbor had told her the cat was in heat. Recoiling at the thought of a menstruating cat making circles in her flower bed, my aunt claimed she would buy a packet of poison that would work well on cats at the local nursery, with a sigh that she needed to sleep well. This made me think about how we can get angry, so easily, over nature things and occurrences. Even as young girls, who were at the age of flirting, our parents would not kill us for doing what other young girls were doing elsewhere as they understood that life goes on even with interludes of stressful periods when they do not sleep, worrying about us, worrying about cats, worrying about other things.
People are careless when it comes to the lives of. Our mascots are our friends and family, and expect us to protect them—not kill them when the females are in heat and the males are chasing after them. All people do that, and we do not kill humans as if they were worthless—and cats are people: they breathe, they have blood circulating through their bodies, they show emotions, and, yes, they can reproduce. That is why cat (or any animal) is a noun, as cats are not things nor places, and nouns only focus on person, place, and thing.
It is really important to be aware of what having pets mean and what it includes in the form of responsibilities and steps required to keep them health. If we are not ready to accept this responsibility, this sign of maturity, it is better we do not have a pet who depends us—it is far better than thinking we are gods and play the role of Cronus and devour our own. We cannot take the life of any living being in our hands and pretend it does not exist. Pets are in this world to be part of our lives, being good company for us, and to make us smile.
By Johanna E. Santa Cruz
Picture: Ceto Sc.
My name is Johanna Elena Santa Cruz Arévalo. I know it is a pretty long name, a typical full-name in Latin America.
I live in Lambayeque. Lambayeque is a nice warm small city in the north of Peru.
Since I was a little girl, I loved animals—especially cats. I remember when my dad brought home a little cat he found in the streets. The cat was so hungry and meowed a lot. He was blond and soft.
I considered, as humans, we need to realize how important it is to do something to improve our lives and, when it comes to this, we have to take care of our environment, and all the living creatures which surround us because they are here for a reason: To be part of our lives as sweet companions and it is our duty to protect them.
Every time I look at my crazy gray cat I am amazed at his body, his soft paws and the way he walks is so elegant that I cannot stop thinking about how any person can hurt them, nor can I comprehend how people cannot appreciate the marvelous miracle of life in those creatures who are mammals the same as we.
This is the reason I am studying Ecotourism. I am also planning to specialize in urban planning and environmental management, because I want to get the tools to rationally manage our resources. We need, to develop environmental projects focus on tourism.
One of my personal projects is to work as a volunteer in Africa where I can feed and raise animals: baby cheetahs, lion cubs, and the off-spring of other endangered species. I want to learn more about Africa because I consider Africa is a great land full of resources, even with their civil issues and poverty it has a lot to offer to the world.
Being part of ISF gives me the opportunity to express myself through the short articles I write and share with many people all around the world. This means so much to me.
I will be blogging for ISF every Saturday about environmental issues that happen in Peru.