A virtual proclamation declaring April as Earth Month was held Monday with more optimistic views towards a more sustainable future for Guam.
First established in 1970, Earth Day is an annual, global event that takes place on April 22 in support of environmental protection.
During the proclamation, Senator Sabina Perez, chair of the legislature’s environment committee, says that what makes this year’s commemoration stand out from previous ones is the recognition of the dire need for environmental restoration.
“As we begin to look further beyond COVID-19, we must reflect on our role as a society. To uphold our cultural values of inafa’maolek and to conduct ourselves as responsible stewards of our environment and with this proclamation, I look forward to ongoing commitments to collaborative multilateral initiatives that impact our limestone forests from over-development to deforestation, protect our water resources from decontamination and restore the sacred CHamoru connection to our lands, our rivers, and our oceans,” Perez said.
As the head of the Islandwide Beautification Task Force, Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio says he’s more positive about this year’s Earth Month as they will be able to enact more action in local government efforts.
“The new Biden administration has rejoined the Paris Accords. Climate change is now returned to be a national priority for policy and that should give us a jumpstart in our local effort to try and find solutions for our relatively small island in an isolated part of the Pacific that generates a large number of waste products,” Tenorio said.
Tenorio is inviting everyone to an islandwide beautification effort on Saturday, April 24 at 6 am in recognition of Earth Month.