I am a Nature Lover

By: Maslin Hanson, 10 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!

Reasons Why I Would Like to Be ECO Kid 2013

Introduction: Hi! I am ten year old Maslin Zxalia Hanson. I live in the beautiful village of Hope Creek located 81/2 Miles on the Stann Creek Valley Road. I am currently enrolled in the Hope Methodist School. I am a student in the vibrant class of Standard Four. I love hiking and engaging in adventurous activities. My father is a forest officer and so far he has instill great values in me of the importance of protecting and enjoying what Mother Nature has blessed us with. I have three siblings whom I love very much. I love competing as well and since I am good in that area I decided to take charge of this opportunity seriously.

Eco Kids Summer Camp 2013

I believe that since I am a nature lover, I would make an excellent Eco Kid 2013. As young citizens of this beautiful jewel we call home, there is a lot that it offers to us. We have the prestigious barrier reef and atolls, the magnificent Maya mountain and rain forest and numerous ancient monuments, too many to mention. As compared to other Central American countries we are blessed with a lot of wondrous beauty. Now, as very proud citizens of this jewel we need to encourage everyone to protect and take care of our natural heritage. There is no need for us to waste and destroy what we have. Instead we should be focus in building and preserving what we are blessed with.  We have the rich tropical rain forest filled with unique flora and fauna. We should not allow anyone to cut our trees but encourage them to cut and plant trees back trees which would replace the ones they cut.

Secondly, we need to keep our environment clean and tidy. If our environment is clean and tidy, it would attract other visitors to come and get a taste of the fine dining that we offer here at a local level. Not only that, but the environment would be a healthy atmosphere that will be comfortable for you and I to enjoy.

Thirdly, we as citizens of this beloved country, we need to get more creative and encourage each other to start recycling whatever articles can be recycled and reuse especially plastic containers. This would enable us to control and get more productive items and reduce pollution taking place and so forth. Belize is for you and I to enjoy and if we make this country the best possible place here on earth other people out there from other countries would be longing to come here and visit. By them coming here they will assist us in building our country’s economy. Once our economy increases, it will allow our leaders to upgrade several areas in our country and then it would become even more accommodating to us.

It is about time we start valuing what we have here in this country.  From the heart of the sugar city in the North to the foothills of the Maya Mountains in the South, we need to preserve and protect what is left so that other people can enjoy it too. By doing this we can educate others about of saving what we have.

If I get the opportunity to go to the Eco Camp 2013, I will be able to interact with other young people like myself and understand the logical importance that everything seems to depend on each other for its survival.  If we destroy an area somewhere, one or more species will suffer. For instance, if we keep destroying our prestigious  forest , the animals will keep on moving away, the plants are likely to be loss and there will be less materials for us to build shelters and other furniture’s which is a means of comfort for us. I love my country Belize, and I love me for who I am, I love my family and friend and I would really like the opportunity to be the little Eco Kid 2013. I know that if I am given the opportunity to take advantage of this nice offer advertise I can return to my community and make a positive difference.

Thanks to you all and May god bless!!!!!!!

Maslin Hanson

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