As Earth Day approaches, I remember this quote: “We don’t inherit this earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” It was said by David Brower, a prominent environmentalist and founder of several environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club Foundation, the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of the Earth, Earth Island Institute, and the League of Conservation Voters. Brower inspired and helped shape the face of the environmental movement and had a profound impact on America’s wild lands by helping create national parks.
I hope his words have an impact on you as well. While we progress forward in an age of convenience and plastic, we can’t neglect our future generations. Every day we do the same things – take a shower, clean our homes, take care of our families – they are an integral part of our lives. Why can’t we consider the environment an integral part of our lives as well? When we think about the environmental impacts of each action, it makes Brower’s words all the more relevant.
This Earth Day, the Embassy Green Team asks you to take a second and consider how you can make a contribution in our embassy community, in your own neighborhood, and in your life at home. Each small action we take can make a difference. Print only what you need, instead of those extra copies that will end up in the trash. Bring your own water bottle instead of buying a disposable one. Recycle cans and glass here at the embassy. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Carpool. Don’t run your A/C on full blast while on vacation. Make sure your trash goes in the right place. Every little bit helps.
My advice to you: Pick one or two ways to help the Earth and incorporate that into your daily life and make informed decisions. Consider the environment. Every day, pick up a piece or two of trash, even if it’s not yours. Tell someone nicely not to litter. Let’s make our environment beautiful for the next generation of Senegal.
Environmental Movie Screening – Monday April 25th
A few months ago, the Embassy of the United States in Dakar sent a team from RTS (journalist and cameraman) to the United States on a Co-op TV program, with the goal of educating the Senegalese public on the role grassroots organizations can play in changing public attitudes about the environment. The journalists traveled to Washington, New York and Los Angeles and produced a 52 minute documentary that presents the role of environmental activists, community organizations, and government agencies in changing public attitudes about the protection of the environment. The documentary will be broadcast on RTS the week of 18-22 April. The documentary tells the story of building environmental awareness among the American public as a possible role model for their Senegalese counterparts.
On the occasion of Earth Day (April 22), the Public Affairs Section would like to invite you to the screening of a documentary on the environmental movement on Monday April 25, 2016 at 3:00pm in the MPR, chaired by HE Ambassador.
If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.