By: Jonathan Carlo Lohr, 11 years old
The following is a submission of one of our applicants to this year’s Chaa Creek Eco Kids Summer Camp.
Officially known as the Children’s Summer Camp Scholarship Program, the annual event gives 24 young Belizeans between the ages of 8 and 13 a chance to learn about their natural world through a mix of adventure, social interaction, fun and hands-on education aimed at instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility for the environment.
The Eco Kids are selected after submitting a 300 word written essay which is reviewed and shortlisted by the Chaa Creek scholarship committee with the winners going on to attend the summer camp.
Chaa Creek will be providing all lodging, three healthy meals and snacks each day, structured educational activities, arts and craft materials, tee shirts, 24-hour camp counselor supervision, and guided tours conducted by licensed naturalist guides.
Good luck potential Eco Kids!
Why I want to be an Eco-Kid
I want to be an eco-kid because I want to save the environment and our earth.
The earth is dying, people are dying and animals are dying. One day there is not going to be no gibnuts, toucans and tapirs if we don’t help.
Wouldn’t you want your sons and daughters to one day see the national animal of Belize? The earth is being destroyed and you know who destroys it, man. We destroy all things, we are responsible for global warming, for poaching and for many others because man is selfish.
I will quote a passage from a famous Sioux Indian poem, “how can you buy or sell the sky, every part of this land is sacred to my people every shining pine needle is sacred every sandy shore every mist in the dark woods every clearing and humming insect is holy to me…” Chief Seattle.
This is trying to say God gives the earth to us; it should be treasured and protected. Just imagine a world, a barren wasteland imagine a place where a forest used to be, gone forever all you see is desolation. Man with pesticides is destroying the soil the water and the wonderful forest God gave us.
Belize is a treasure God gave us and we need to protect it. Belize has the second largest reef system in the entire world and the largest in the Northern Hemisphere abundant with marine flora, corals and marine animals. We also have the largest sea hole in the world, our very own “Blue Hole”. Why do people from all over the world come to Belize? It is because our country is known as Mother Nature’s best kept secret.
As an eco-kid my plea is for us to work together as a nation to stop harming the environment and preserve life for future generation.