The Region of Murcia celebrates World Environment Day with environmental education activities

The Region of Murcia celebrates World Environment Day with environmental education activities
The acting councillor for the Environment, Mar Menor, Universities and Research, Juan María Vázquez, takes part in the ‘1m2 against litter’ campaign.
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The Region of Murcia is once again participating in the celebration of World Environment Day by offering environmental education activities to local entities, schools and the general public, through the Information Service of Natural Spaces.

Three programmed activities are aimed at the general public and correspond to waste collection, in collaboration with the event ‘1m2 against litter’, promoted by SEO/BirdLife and Ecoembes. Under the slogan ‘No plastic pollution’, this collection took place today at 34 different points in the Regional Parks of Calblanque, Sierra Espuña and Salinas de San Pedro, with the participation of the acting councillor for the Environment, Mar Menor, Universities and Research, Juan María Vázquez.

Taking into account the problem of plastic pollution to which the day is dedicated in this edition, Juan María Vázquez, pointed out that “plastic is one of the most serious threats to the environment” and recalled that “we must avoid its excessive consumption, as, in addition to causing serious environmental problems such as the pollution of the oceans, it is a threat to our health”.

In these activities, the main waste collected through Citizen Science is analysed in order to obtain data that can contribute to scientific knowledge and propose solutions at source that can put an end to plastic pollution. In the natural coastal areas, the data collected will also be provided to the European Environment Association, dedicated to the problem of marine litter.

In addition, a conference on marine litter has also been scheduled for this celebration in a school near the Salinas de San Pedro Regional Park, and two storytellers are planned, one in an educational centre near the El Valle Regional Park and the other in the hospital classroom of the Santa Lucía University Hospital in Cartagena.

Finally, the exhibition ‘The LIBERA project and litter’ will be on display throughout the month of June at the Ricardo Codorníu Visitor Centre in the Sierra Espuña Regional Park; an exhibition that was already on display last May in the foyer of the Regional Ministry and in the Sierra de La Pila Regional Park.

“There is a need for citizens to participate in the search for effective solutions and to adopt sustainable habits. For this reason, the environmental education activities offered by the Regional Ministry contribute to raising awareness of the environmental problems of plastic in the Region’s natural spaces and encourage citizen participation,” concluded Juan María Vázquez.

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