Environmental Awareness

Panama Pathfinders, in partnership with Extreme Learning Centers, is dedicated to environmental awareness. On our tours, we always point out:

Deforestation

Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, acting as a “carbon sink”. Cutting them down means more greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, which speeds up the pace and severity of climate change.

Forests still cover about 30% of land, but some 50,000 square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s equivalent to 48 soccer fields every minute. In the Amazon, for example, around 17% of forest has been lost in the last 50 years.

Coral reef bleaching

In the past 30 years, the world has lost 50% of corals and it is estimated that only 10% will survive beyond 2050.

Climate change and rising ocean temperatures are the greatest threat, and are behind the mass bleaching along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row.

 

Projects & Recommendations

  • Free english classes focus on Environmental Awareness in local Schools.
  • Workshops on sustainable farming.
  • Seminars on Sustainable Reforestation.
  • Reforestation programs with endemic / native species of trees.
  • Free tours for kids under 10 years old to get them more interested in nature.

There are lots of things you can do, but the most effective actions you can take to reduce your environmental footprint usually are:

  • Eat less meat, giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars.
  • Minimize car usage by taking public transport more often, or walking/biking more.
  • Use less water when you shower, brush your teeth or even wash your car.
  • Install solar panels, turn off the light when you’re not using it and same for electronics.
  • Buy less stuff: people trend to buy unnecessary things.
  • Try to repair things that break instead of throwing them away and buying new ones.

and last but not least…

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