¡Feliz Día de la Tierra!
In honor of Earth Day, this week GSW will be promoting the protection of the environment by including special Earth Day awareness activities in our sports classes. One of our core foundational lessons is healthy living, which includes stressing the importance of a healthy environment. We will have a “court clean-up” day at each school, encouraging our girls to take care of the spaces they use every day. We will also discuss useful strategies to lessen their carbon footprint such as reduce, reuse, recycle. We want to help our students to gain a better understanding of their impact on the environment and have them set goals as to how they can ensure that their impact is a primarily positive one.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the U.S. to raise awareness about the growing threat to our environment posed by industrial pollution. Millions of people participated in rallies and demonstrations to demand governmental action toward a healthy planet. By the end of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency was established and the modern environmental movement was born. In 1990, Earth Day went global. This historic day made it clear that solving the environmental crisis would require international cooperation.
The sanctity of the Earth is an intrinsic and indispensable part of the culture of Cusco. Every August 1st, El Dia de la Pachamama or “Mother Earth Day” is celebrated. In Quechua, Pacha means “earth, world, or universe,” and mama means “mother.” Pachamama is the chief diety of the Andean spirituality. On El Dia de la Pachamama, the people of Cusco perform rituals to celebrate the Pachamama, thank her, and ask for her blessing in the coming year. They have a deep reverence and awe for Mother Earth, and have been devoted for many centuries to serving and protecting her.
This week we are calling on our students to do their part in protecting our planet, and we encourage you to do the same!