The Smart People Of ‘RIO GRANDE RIVER KEEPERS’

A few weeks ago we heard about a group from the village of San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo District. They are the ‘Rio Grande River Keepers’, and they are doing there small part to make a big impact on clean waterways in their area.

Plastic pollution and other debris has become an urgent problem to the entire world. It’s estimated that 3 tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans, seas and rivers every minute of every day, and furthermore environmentalists say that by 2030 there will be more plastics in the oceans than there are fish.

This urgent problem needs solutions. But some Belizeans aren’t waiting for some foreign environmentalist to come and tell them how urgent it is, and they are the local hero’s that are doing there small part to keep the rivers in there neighborhood clean.

The infographics shown here (provided by Belize’s Dept. of the Environment shows the amount of time that different plastic and Styrofoam items take to degrade.

In the past few weekend the RIO GRANDE RIVER KEEPERS which has 4 adult leaders, ( Quinto, Moreiah, Karla and Denise) organized the group which includes young children, teenagers and adults. They clean the river banks, sort garbage, create and erect signs and plant trees; then they document a log of trees planted and signs erected. They are a shining example that every village in our beautiful country should do to the rivers and streams near them.

The infographics shown here (provided by Belize’s Dept. of the Environment) shows the amount of time that different plastic and Styrofoam items take to degrade.

7 months from the date of this article (December 2021 ) Belize will ban the use of all single use plastics.

The RIO GRANDE RIVER KEEPERS said “they recognize the resources they depend on and take pride in it, they hope that this is a model for every village in our beautiful country that are near to rivers and streams”.

Written & Compiled by: channel1Belize.com / digitalBelize,LIVE Staff writer – May 7th. 2021 – digitalbelize@gmail.com

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