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Earth Day Celebrated Locally with Tree Plantings and a Recycling Expo



By Jesús Aguado

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, two organizations this month are engaging in public events to benefit Sanmiguelenses’ local environment.

Last week, The Belmond Group planted more than 100 shrubs at the Technological University of San Miguel (UTSMA), while this weekend, the Mercado Cero Basura (The Market of Zero Trash)—featuring workshops, talks, performances, live music, and a fashion show with hand-me-downs for children—will take place at El Tumpinamba restaurant.

Besides their annual Community Day event, in which employees help a nonprofit organization with a specific project, The Belmond Group has been active annually on Earth Day, leading events meant to combat the effects of climate change. Collaborators come up with the project ideas. This year, the hotel group wanted to reforest a space.

As its beneficiary this year, Belmond chose UTSMA, a university that asks its students to complete a number of social service hours. Belmond donated 100 lavender and broad-leaf privet shrubs to the university’s already planned project to populate the campus parking lot with 100 trees the local government had donated. Belmond employees excavated the grounds to prepare for the plantings. Local authorities and university personnel also participated in the event.

Mercado Cero Basura to demonstrate how to reduce, recycle, reuse

Daily in San Miguel, residents generate more than 100 tons of trash, according to representatives at the city’s municipal sanitary landfill in Palo Colorado, a fact that inspired Sanmiguelense Pamela Cordero to create the Market of Zero Trash, an event on April 27 and 28 at El Tupinamba, located at Zacateros 45. The event will teach residents how to reduce, recycle, and reuse plastic, glass, and other materials.

The idea, Cordero told Atención, is to promote a daily lifestyle that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

“We want to teach people how to generate less solid trash by reusing materials or giving a second life to products that normally are disposed,” she said. “We are seeking a society more committed to taking care of the environment. We want to show them artistic and didactic activities.”

Twenty-eight nonprofit organizations and sustainable companies will have stands at this event, she said.

Check the program in the Festivals and Events section of our supplement, Que Pasa, for more information on this event.


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