Panelists Eleuterio Martínez, Maribel Guevara, and Sésar Rodríguez made the call following the screening of the documentary Antarctica: On the Edge, held at the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic
(Santo Domingo, September 10, 2015). Environmental experts Eleuterio Martínez, Maribel Guevara, and Sésar Rodríguez have invited the public to offer solutions and mechanisms to halt the global warming now affecting the two poles of the earth’s surface.
Global warming is melting glaciers and sea ice, changing precipitation patterns, and forcing animals to migrate, agreed the panelists following the screening of the documentary On the Edge: Antarctica.
The activity, which brought together students, educators, and environmentalists, was part of the programming for the 5th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), being held from Tuesday, September 8, through Sunday, September 13, in eleven cities around the country.
According to agroforestry engineer Eleuterio Martínez, the effects of global warming can be seen in the changes to maritime routes in Europe. “On routes between Holland and Japan it used to be necessary to cover approximately 27,000 kilometers, now they don’t have to circle the African continent but can pass through the north, because the fracturing of ice allows icebreaker ships to go through.”
Sésar Rodríguez, director of the Dominican Environmental Consortium (ACD), affirmed that human-created carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are what is causing large-scale atmospheric deterioration and provoking global warming.
Rodríguez invited the audience to collectively ponder novel solutions. “With the planting of flora and preservation of protected areas, we can combat CO2, as plants are the only things that can counteract the problem.”
Maribel Guevara, organizer of the DC Environmental Film Festival, emphasized that environmental preservation is in the hands of all citizens. “We as consumers have the power three times a day, with what we eat, what we wear, how we educate our kids, to care for the environment and preserve our natural resources.”
Dr. Luis Scheker Ortiz moderated the event, held in the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic.