Peru authorities and EU-LAC representatives celebrate Earth Day

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Peru made sure it took part in this year’s Earth Day 2008 celebrations, which according to earthday.net will be the biggest yet.

Almost four decades after Earth Day was founded as an environmental "teach-in", the message that environmental conservation is an important issue continues to be spread.

Countries around the world and even Google are honoring mother earth and making an effort to remember why it is important to give back and take care of the planet we call home.

With traditional tree-planting ceremonies, Peru and President George W. Bush marked Earth Day in similar ways.

Peru’s National Environmental Council (CONAM) along with representatives from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean met Tuesday morning to make an offering to mother earth, a typical Andean ceremony, and plant two trees in representation of the friendship between the nations.

With instruments such as the pututo, zampoña and quena, the European-Andean offering to mother earth was accompanied by typical Peruvian music and was made to thank nature for the benefits it gives Peruvians, said Manuel Bernales, the head of CONAM.

During the ceremony, two trees were planted, a molle or Peruvian peppertree and a European cypress tree.