Saturday, April 21, 2012

WWF Calls in Mexico reconsider Earth Day

 The challenges facing the earth and humanity are very large and complicated and the Earth Day should lead to reconsider the status of the planet, said today the World Wide Fund for Nature ( WWF), Mexico division.

The director general of WWF Mexico division, Omar Vidal said in an interview with Xinhua that the celebration of Earth Day serves to determine the state that keep the natural resources and how actions are impacting the society.?

"Countries are gradually raising more and made progress, but many issues are losing the battle on issues related to climate change," said the activist. ? Vidal said the loss of biodiversity, noting that every day lost animal and plant species, forest areas and overexploited fisheries.? ? "The upside is that the environmental issue and went from being a purely environmental issue to be recognized as a development issue," he said.

"The issue of natural resources are the basis and foundation of the economy," said the director of WWF Mexico.

Earth Day, selected by the international community, is a way of thinking about how to improve practices and ways of life to counter environmental degradation on a global scale.

Vidal emphasized climate change and rational water consumption.

"Waste water is made not only in cities but in agriculture and the percentage worldwide is wasted by 75 percent," he said.

Other important aspects of the deterioration of the planet are the indiscriminate use of natural resources, the sea, fisheries, forestry, biodiversity, which "unfortunately are increasing," he said.?

"We have much value these resources for use in a way that not only allow wellness, but can be bequeathed to future generations," said the environmentalist.

About Mexico highlighted activities such as tourism and coastal development.

"Mexico is a privileged country. Has 11,000 kilometers of coastline, with unique attractions like the Gulf of California, the Pacific and the Mesoamerican reef, which are beauties that attract national and international tourists."?

He also referred to the country's ecosystems, which called for care, especially from an orderly and responsible tourism with the environment.

In this regard questioned the old models of development megaturísticos with many hotels, golf courses and other services.

He recalled that factors such as climate change further exacerbate the problems of lack of water, food and biodiversity.

Climate change, he insisted, is a clear threat to the planet, to developing countries of Latin América, including Mexico, which have enormous costs is vulnerable.?

The director of the WWF Mexico highlighted the passage of the law on climate change held on Thursday, which places the country in an "exclusive club", where only two countries in the world have a very ambitious climate legislation, Mexico and the United Kingdom .

"Mexico has become the first developing country that has a law of this nature and is an example for countries like the U.S. and Canada," he said.

"In this law, Mexico is committed to reducing its emissions 50 percent by 2050 and generate 35 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2024," he said.?

Mexico also agreed to make renewable energy, wind power and solar are economically competitive by 2020.