By Aaron Humes: International Day of Biodiversity was celebrated on Sunday and at the end of last week, the Belize Audubon Society visited two Belize City schools, St. John Vianney and Grace Primary, to teach youngsters about the importance of biodiversity and to plant two specimens of the National Tree, the mahogany.
As explained by the students themselves, biodiversity is the wide spectrum of life – plant and animal and how they interact and live together. Therefore, it is important not to kill valuable natural predators, reduce pollution, and ensure a healthy balance between humanity, other animals, and plants for our unique planet to survive.
Student Mikayla Valdez, 11, from Grace Primary, tells us, “Biodiversity is very important for the environment and that it can be used for oxygen, food, and medicine…it is important to keep trees here. We cannot always keep cutting down the trees because it can provide food and oxygen for us and especially medicines for the sick patients.” She notes that hopefully, the solution for cancer can be found in a tree one of these days.
The Audubon’s environmental education officer Janine Ayuso is hopeful that starting at a young age will ensure critical lessons about planetary survival will inform the next generation growing up.