Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, August 25, 2017
I am very grateful for the opportunity that you all have provided me to express my support for the efforts that you carry out in order to raise the population’s awareness about recycling in Nicaragua. It is important to influence a true cultural change with respect to the management of articles in disuse, in the event that those same articles can be reused, or properly discarded in a suitable and safe way.
We have faith that little by little, with efforts such as this, awareness will grow that recycling is not only an excellent alternative to preserve and improve the environment, but also that it can be a good business, and good for your businesses.
Entrepreneurs in the United States created businesses like Freecycle, which makes products that other people don’t need any more available for free to the public . Or, Craigslist, where you can sell used things through the Internet. This is also a form of recycling, and is a good business for creative entrepreneurs.
In addition, every organization can have a recycling program. For example, in the U.S. Embassy we have a recycling program, not only for the trash that we create, but also for the waste from our houses. Each year we earn money that we use for activities in our community. We also have a team of volunteers, people who are interested in protecting the environment, who promote new ways to reduce our environmental impact.
Likewise, we know how important it is to improve our efficiency to eliminate waste, because of other sanitary reasons as much as commercial reasons. We know that one way to attract more tourists is to have clean streets and beaches. Because, what is the first impression after leaving the Managua airport towards your tourist destination? Trash in the streets and in the drainage systems. For that reason, it makes me happy that events such as this attract attention so that they address such a crucial issue.
In this sense, both for the responsibility to conserve the environment, and for the possibility to develop business opportunities, recycling is an alternative that should be taken into consideration very seriously.
For all these reasons and many more, the motto that has been chosen for the Forum is “Nicaragua recycles, for you, for me, and for the future.” I applaud the efforts to improve Nicaragua for all and thank you.
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