Friday, January 30, 2009

Discussion in Guatemala About Reducing Ecological Footprint

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) held a meeting in Guatemala City called Transformación de Mercados y Reducción de Huella Ecológica (Transformation of Markets and Reduction of Ecological Footprint) with agricultural and industrial companies of Guatemala. The purpose of the meeting was to spend two days sharing experiences on the topic of cleaner production.

On the first day of the meeting, Minister of Environment, Luis Ferraté, special guest, shared that Guatemala is going through problems because pollution is a latent risk in the resources. He expressed regret that Lake Atitlan, Guatemala's tourism icon, is contaminated by the communities and businesses located in the basin. Virginia Reyes of the WWF in Guatemala, said the meeting will ensure that businesses can learn new ways of production to avoid the overuse of natural resources and processing of industrial wastes such that they are not a burden on the planet.

Environmental groups have adopted a methodology called ecological footprint, which accounts for the impact of each human based on their customs and lifestyle. WWF maintains that humanity is consuming more resources than have the ability to renew themselves, which creates and will create serious problems for the population.

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