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Without plastic there will be more paradise

  The Spring, also known as Adam and Eve in the earthly Paradise, 1660-1664, oil on canvas, 117 x 160 cm, Louvre Museum, Paris. Retrieved from

The Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1972, decreed on 5 June as "World Environment Day", a proposal hosted by the UN and led by the United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP).

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It seems obvious that wild species should not be housed at home as if they were pets; not only because of the difficulty of adaptation that they have when they are taken out of their natural environment, but also because of what it means as an attack on the biodiversity of the planet; biodiversity is what ensures all the scaffolding on which the human being is mounted as the queen species of the planet: economy, food, health, culture.

The two following photographs were taken from a Google portal dedicated to photos of macaws. Two very illustrative photos of what it means to have a wild aimal as a pet and, more in this case, when the macaw is a species in extinction.



Photos taken from the Google portal: Images of macaws


Photo 1, although it is curious, if you want funny, and perhaps attracts the estimation of many people who may feel touched by the fervor of someone who loves their pet, it is still a call to rethink the role of being human in front of animals. If we could know what the photographed macaw thinks, it would be very instructive about her captive condition; Maybe he told us that he is not a person, so the sleeper of the photo is of another opinion.


Photo 2 is another thing. It hurts the sensibility of the reader, both for what it shows and for what it does not hide, and what can be glimpsed in the scenery: the dead parrot has been thrown next to a wastebasket because it did not fit inside it. We assume that afterwards, trash and olive oil, will be taken to the street for the garbage cart to pick them up. That is to say that this beautiful animal ended up sharing the same fate as the leftovers of food or toilet paper. Photo 1 at least has some humanity, perhaps in excessive doses, which is also bad for the animal.


 Leaving aside the obviousness mentioned at the beginning, let's return to the underlying theme: climate change and its intellectual author, the human being, are the great threat against the biodiversity of the planet. To the extent that industrialization and the unbridled consumption of human society are triggered, pollution will increase and, as a result, the earth's temperature will rise, generating disastrous effects.


One out of every six species will disappear, according to recent studies on the subject, especially the one made by the research biologist Mark Urban of the University of Connecticut, and which was cited by SCIENCE magazine in its April 30, 2015 edition. Urban gave other information: the disaster is not even for everyone. Bite down, South America for having a large component of endemic species that are more difficult to adapt to changes in the environment, is the region of the world where this risk is higher: 23%; followed by Australia and New Zealand with 14%; then there are Europe, 6% and North America, 5%.


This bleak panorama can be modified if governments and supranational entities take an active role in defending the planet, imposing measures that limit greenhouse gas emissions, and adopting conservation plans to save threatened species.


The time has passed to be passive in the face of all this threat, we must understand that society has raised its level of demand with respect to the responsibility with which each one of us must act: the planet is ending as the habitat of all of us, and this does not give wait. Let's start by doing things of common sense, one of them, for example, not to adopt as pets to wild or exotic animals, this practice triggers the traffic of species and is contributing to its extinction: the money that is paid for a monkey of the Putumayo or a turkey, helps clear a forest. An example: to trap the monkeys, you have to cut the trees where they are protected. A horrible practice that a few months ago showed us the program Los Informantes of the Caracol TV channel. Any person who believes worthy to be called PERSON, that is to say that among its many attributes, has the ability to recognize animals as companions of abode on this planet, should have felt affronted.


The message is clear: we should never buy exotic animals and then have them imprisoned in our homes; let's not help the illegal market of the traffic of species, both animals and vegetables; let's not be accomplices of the destruction of the habitat of animals and plants. We need each other to survive.

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Sanambiente, shares his knowledge at the Autonomous University of the West

On Wednesday, April 11, Sanambiente presented a conference on the implementation of an Air Quality Surveillance System at the Universidad Autónoma Occidente in Cali.

This was dictated by the engineers Jaime Díaz, Ramón Borja, Julio Polo and Jason Rendón where topics such as parameters and factors of an SVCA, technological advances, management of environmental data and maintenance of an SVCA were addressed. For this, students, professors and some environmental entities attended.



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Acquisition and installation of a tide gauge that allows to have a station that generates information related to maritime climate behavior in the Gulf of Morrosquillo, within the framework of the project "Strengthening the regional program for monitoring water resources in the jurisdiction of Carsucre, validity 2016 ". Brand Aanderaa

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A celebration that acquires relevance thanks to its new value proposition:

«We are allies in environmental solutions with opportunity and excellence»

The company Caleña is the undisputed leader at a national level in the offer of integral solutions for the improvement of environmental conditions, demonstrating during all these years knowledge, capacity, professionalism and an excellent after-sales service. The portfolio of its products and services covers Water Line: for example, the entire range of autosamplers, current meters, speedometers, floor instruments; Air line: equipment for measuring noise, particulate matter and gases, equipment for fixed sources, meteorology, systems for systems for data acquisition, administration software and environmental data management; c) Comprehensive services in accredited parameters in air quality and atmospheric emissions.

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OUR ENVIRONMENT: a shared responsibility

Foto noticia aleja


This photo of a beach in the Colombian Pacific, exactly in the town of Ladrilleros (Valle del Cauca), we have shown a dozen people to do a survey: What inspires you to see this landscape? Except for one person, the others agreed to say that they want to be there, stretch out on the sand, sunbathe and spend a few days in communion with nature, in absolute relaxation. When asked about what most strikes them about this landscape, they identified as the main cause the attractiveness of a wild landscape, discovering a natural environment to disconnect from the frenetic urban agitation, and especially, a place free of noise and garbage.


These reasons thus exposed serve to draw attention to how sensitive the human being is to the beauty and purity of his environment. Living in environments where nature is felt in all its splendor, let's say in its purest state, is a privilege for those who can live or travel to remote places where industrialization is not even a probability, but it is not the case of us that we must remain almost all the time in industrialized cities and with high traffic, and with more and more certain possibilities that the environment deteriorates. Every day, because it is part of daily life, the citizen of the 21st century must deal with the cursed trinity formed by pollution, noise and garbage.


In short, we are faced with two questions that should interest the authorities, communities and each person in particular: Is it necessary to accept this situation as something inevitable? And what can we do to change it?


Of course we can reject this situation. Therefore, being aware of the importance of a clean environment is the first step. The second: recognize that each human being is called to watch over their environment, that this is not a task of animals or plants; and third step: the sum of each individual effort will save the planet. This mission is carried out by human beings, it is not the task of supernatural forces. The prize of all this effort is no small thing: it is the enjoyment of a more favorable planet with all kinds of life, worthy of being inherited by the generations that will happen to us.


Well, the task must start right now. If each one of us commits to a positive action from the simplest and converts it into a daily practice, we will be advancing along the correct path.

For example, the following tasks are easy, with zero or very low cost:

  • Select solid waste from the source: adopt the habit of not mixing organic material with cardboard, plastic or glass, and put it in separate bags.
  • Do not throw garbage in streets, parks, rivers, public places.
  • Avoid plastic: take the habit of always carrying a cloth bag for purchases in the supermarket; never on the beach leave trash and less plastic containers.
  • Create awareness in children of the importance of caring for the environment.
  • Learn to recycle and reuse materials.
  • Keep the channels and collectors of rainwater free of garbage.
  • Promote the planting of trees.
  • Do not waste water or energy.
  • Avoid the use of aerosols.
  • Support campaigns and projects that help preserve the environment.

In these ten simple tasks are implied the three components of a change that generates effects of great impact: awareness, prevention and collaboration. Precisely, in order not to remain in awareness without assuming a more active role, SANAMBIENTE wants this year to support an environmental cleanup campaign, in such a way that we invite our readers to send us proposals on this topic. You can be sure that the one that best meets the selection criteria will be chosen. We do not want the above picture to end up converted into this:

Foto noticia 2 aleja

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WORLD MARITIME DAY: reasons not to be indifferent to our seas

The UN established that the fourth Thursday of September was the WORLD MARITIME DAY in order to expose to the world the need to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of international maritime operations1. No one is unaware that a ship, whether merchant, oil or war, is a potential risk to the health of the seas: in the past we have seen disasters caused by spills of oil tankers, counted 130 since 1960. The organization GREENPEACE calculates that annually 5 million tons of oil are spilled in the world's seas: 10% of these spills originate in accidents of oil tankers but the rest is attributable to the sum of: extraction in oil mega-platforms at sea, loading and discharge of ships and tank cleaning operations.

Take measures to ensure that, for example, spills caused by boat accidents do not occur, because they are avoidable. One example: a year, some 6,000 oil tankers sail through international waters and, of these, only one third have a double hull to avoid spills in the event of an accident1.

The urgency of applying strict controls in both transport and mega-platforms of oil extraction, aims to prevent the degradation of the oceans, which are now already giving clear signals of alert to the disaster that is looming which has three sides: ecological, social and economic crisis.

The other two are also emerging from the ecological crisis: at the rate of fishing that is carried out today and that is carried out with the use of non-selective fishing techniques, most of which are destructive, it is very likely that it will be increasingly prevented from recovering fish stocks, and by the way, marine ecosystems are damaged: many of the fish species that we currently consume, in the future we will only see encyclopedias. This is the case of the Mediterranean Sea where 80% of the species are overexploited3.

The World Maritime Day should make us think about the threats that the seas of the world have, therefore we should ask: What are the solutions? And, above all, I, like any other person, what can I do?

Let's see the lines of action that allow us to alleviate the black panorama that looms over the seas:

  1. Increase controls: Demand greater technical controls in maritime transport, such as mega-platforms for oil exploration, and impose tougher sanctions on offenders.
  2. Increase marine reserves: increase the largest number of marine reserves as an effective way to close the way to uncontrolled oil exploitation of the sea. In this part come into play governments and politicians to whom citizens must require them to apply laws and harsh sanctions, enforce scientific regulations and generate incentives to privilege investments that are respectful with the sea: no urban growth and chaotic foot of the sea A well-preserved, brick-free coastline is the best formula for dealing with sea level rise due to climate change and preserving the coastal ecosystems.
  1. Apply a sustainable fishing model: encourage traditional methods and the recovery of fishery resources.
  2. Demand only sustainable fish: here we play a role of ordinary citizens, as long as we bet and only buy fish that distributors and supermarkets guarantee as "sustainable fish", we force fishing companies to apply a fishing model respectful with the environment.
  3. Support organizations that work for the marine environment: it is no secret to these organizations that they work with their nails, so any contribution, however modest, added to others, helps a lot. An example in sight: the UN has just approved the new Treaty for the protection of marine life on the high seas. This means that international waters will also be subject to controls to prevent large fishing companies that act as predators from ending them. This treaty is the result of pressure from environmental organizations that receive small funds from anonymous citizens like you, as me or as our neighbor, who have something in common: love the planet, which as Pope Francis says, "is the home of all »




1In 1980, the IMO Assembly decided that World Maritime Day should be observed during the last week of September, and stresses that the convening of the World Day is to preserve the safety of life at sea and prevent marine pollution.

2,3Reports of the NGO Greenpeace.

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