Photo feature by Ernesto Gonzalez
HAVANA TIMES —In 1972, the United Nations declared June 5 “World Environment Day” – a celebration held in a different country each year, addressing one of the pressing environmental issues that humanity faces today.
This year, it is to be celebrated in Barbados, under the slogan of “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level.” Its aim is to raise awareness about this delicate issue, which endangers the very existence of small countries (that could one day be left beneath sea-level). Many parts of the Cuban coastline could be endangered if this occurs.
In its insatiable impulse to amass wealth, humanity has degraded nature to such an extent that, should this trend continue, there might not be enough natural resources on the planet to sustain human life in a some years’ time.
Millions of hectares of forest and jungle disappear each year, thousands of plant and animal species become extinct before they are even classified, water becomes more scarce and contaminated every day (as does the atmosphere) – and we are even polluting outer space.
The environment constitutes everything around us: biodiversity, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the mineral resources we use and society as a whole. These photos of different animal and plant species and the environment in general seek to raise the awareness of citizens as regards the protection of nature, inspired by Jose Marti’s maxim: “We do not inherit the earth from our parents. We ask to borrow it from our children.”
Click on the thumbnails below to view all the photos in this gallery