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    The Ecoclubs Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

    By Keith R | January 2, 2009

    Topics: Environmental Protection | No Comments »

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    A couple of years back, while I was working on a series of posts for the Green Team about Dominican cities attempting to come to grips with their litter problems, I ran into some local news posts about how the mayor of La Vega attributed some of his success in cleaning up that city to his early enlistment to the cause of the local chapter of the international youth movement known as Ecoclubs.  Fascinated by this inspired tactic, I looked into the the history of Ecoclubs.

    What I found truly excited me — a movement that began in Latin American but is now global that is intended to get youth actively and concretely involved in tackling local environmental issues.

    I resolved to post about it on the GT blog, but unfortunately when I did not get timely replies from the Dominican ecoclub chapters, the post never got beyond the “notes for a post” stage.

    Today I read in IPS an excellent overview of the history and essence of the Ecoclubs movement that I heartily recommend.  I also strongly recommend browsing the national pages for the ecoclubs in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.  If you do I suspect you’ll agree that it gives one hope that the up-and-coming generation of LAC actually does take caring for the environment seriously.

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