By John McPhaul
On the occasion of Planet Earth Day, El Escambrón public beach in San Juan on Friday will become a platform for celebrating nature and raising awareness among adults, youth and children about the value of natural resources and the need to protect the environment.
San Juan Mayor Miguel A. Romero Lugo announced Tuesday that the event, which is free of charge, is a dynamic one that includes everything from educational activities on environmental conservation and the keeping an inventory of sea turtles, to recreational activities aimed at promoting harmony with nature, among which will be salsa classes on the sand, aqua aerobics and beach volleyball.
The mayor called on the people of San Juan to support the event and commemorate Planet Earth Day by enjoying and caring for the natural resources that the capital offers.
“In San Juan we are focused on achieving the development of a smart and sustainable city,” Romero Lugo said. “For this we need to create awareness among the population and promote lifestyles that allow us all to take care of our valuable natural resources, to live in harmony with our mother earth. We invite the public and schools to be part of this celebration in which all the nations of the world come together to generate collective awareness about the impact we have on biodiversity and the environmental life of our planet.”
The mayor noted that “if we salvaged and appreciated something during this pandemic, it is valuing our open spaces, while we saw how our natural environment recovers while the world quiets down in their homes.”
“Without a doubt, these lessons should inspire us to continue caring for our planet today and always,” he said.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, with public and private entities offering talks and educational activities.
Participating entities include the Scuba Dogs Society, Social Movement for Animal Welfare, MOSPBA, San Juan Bay Estuary Program, Chelonia, Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Inc., Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, EC Waste, WithWaste, and Martín Peña Recicla.
As part of the schedule of recreational and educational activities, attendees can enjoy those related to aquatic safety, pet waste management, preservation of turtle nesting areas, water quality conservation, recycling and proper management of solid waste.
Those interested in knowing more about the event and participating can access the municipality’s portal, sanjuan.pr, or follow its official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, through San Juan, Ciudad Capital.