“No More GPGP” Throughout Mexico
Steps toward a better earth, the home of humanity
In January 2020, ASEZ WAO members from Korea flew to various places of the world with the goal to combat problems, both great and small, happening all over the global village. Twenty-five members from Korea arrived in Mexico. With the members in Mexico, they made joint efforts with the hope to prevent the appearance of new waste sites similar to the GPGP [Great Pacific Garbage Patch], and they launched a “No more GPGP” campaign to reduce the use of plastics.
On January 12, forty-five members from Korea and Mexico collected about 55 kg [120 lb of plastics from the San Felipe Hueyotlipan area in Puebla. Chair of the Auxiliary Board of San Felipe Hueyotlipan Puebla Pue. Jose Baranquiel signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] whereby he showed great interest in ASEZ WAO activities and pledged to provide constant support.
On the same day, about fifty members and twenty residents also collected 200 kg [440 lb] of garbage in Zinacantepec, Toluca. The Zinacantepec City Hall Environment Department that carefully observed the event presented a certificate of appreciation to express their continued support for all ASEZ WAO activities.
On the 15th, the members visited the Mexico City Environment Department to hold a meeting. There, members announced ASEZ WAO’s plastic reduction campaign and discussed future joint activities. Officials declared that they would carry out environmental cleanup activities together with a focus on the plastic issue. On the same day, members also introduced ASEZ WAO and “No More GPGP” activities to both the Mayor of Mexico City and the Mayor of Gustavo A. Madero.
ASEZ WAO will continue to carry out international volunteer services toward a better Earth, the home of humanity.