ECPA’s Grand Earth Day Celebration throughout the Region

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Washington, D.C. – ECPA hosted four events to celebrate Earth Day in support of sustainable development and environmental protection. Celebrations began with the webinar Partners of the Americas and the Senior ECPA Fellows Program held on April 19 to address the issue of sustainable energy. The webinar was moderated by two Senior ECPA Fellows specialized in energy, Daniel Kammen and Jeffrey Soule, who established an interactive dialogue with participants. Celebrations followed with the screening of the interactive, award-winning film “TERRA”, devoted to teaching children and youth about the importance of preserving and treasuring natural resources. The event took place on April 22 at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, and was jointly organized by the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFFDD) and the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the OAS. A discussion followed the movie.

For the third Earth Day tribute, participants from across the region shared personal photos to create a mosaic representing the challenges imposed by climate change upon people, animals, and places. The core message conveyed by this compilation of images is that, although climate change seems like other people’s problem, it is in fact our own. Indeed, ‘the faces of climate change’ are multiplying every day. The final event was organized by the American Planning Association (APA), which hosted a Webinar on Latin American NGO Growth and Management and Urban Planning. The webinar explored the successes and challenges of four NGO’s in Latin America who are adopting innovative methodologies to confront climate change and urban development. Representatives from four Ashoka Changemakers Sustainable Urban Housing wining organizations lead webinar discussions: Habitat for the Woman Project in the Maria Auxiliadora Community in Cochabamba, Bolivia; the revitalization of downtown Lima’s historical Rimac District; Family Architect Project in Brazil; and EMBARQ México, an NGO located in Mexico City, focused on improving public space by using Transit Oriented Development (TOD) strategies.

Maria Auxiliadora presents poster during American Planning Association (APA) convention in Chicago