The final stretch of this month will be Environmental Awareness Week.
Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, in his capacity as acting governor, signed a proclamation last Wednesday on Capital Hill declaring the week of May 27 to 31 as Environmental Awareness Week to promote awareness and provide information about taking care of the environment, especially the natural resources of the CNMI.
The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is the lead agency that organizes this annual event. This year’s theme is “Treasure our Earth, Protect our Resources.”
The weeklong event calls on everyone to do their part in keeping the islands and its surroundings clean and protected.
Palacios praised BECQ personnel and everyone that do their share in keeping the environment clean. “I don’t think we need to have a list of all the things that you [BECQ officials and personnel] do for our islands,” he said. “The resources of the Commonwealth is important. For some, it has become their livelihood and it encompasses the economic lifeline of the CNMI.”
He added that there are some people who still fail to take their trash home after visiting the beaches. “That’s why we try our very best to provide the outreach and information to the community.”
“Agencies like BECQ and [the Department of Lands and Natural Resources]…are some that can paint a bright future for our beautiful islands and for our future generations,” he added.
The weeklong festivity will begin with an environmental expo on May 28 and 29 at the American Memorial Park. On Thursday, May 30, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance will be having a “Bringing Back Our Trees” campaign with the location to be announced. The islandwide cleanup is set on May 31 and June 1.