To love and take care of nature is everyone’s task
Paúl Rodríguez Leyva, an engineer who opts for the scientific rank of Doctor in Technical Sciences and occupies at present the responsibility as Head of the Department of Computer Solutions for the Internet which belongs to School 1 at the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI) has been honored with the Dr. Rosa Elena Simeón Negrín Annual Award, given by the Cultural Center for Environmental Community Education by the Cubaniquel business group (ECOARTE).
The premise of this annual award has since its foundation in 2013 is to recognize researchers, companies, projects, academic programs and managers for their contributions to scientific development.
In order to have more details about this award we talked with our interviewee.
- What is the reason for receiving this award?
-The Annual Award Dr. Rosa Elena Simeón Negrín is granted as a recognition of the environmental work carried out for several years. I´ve belonged to the ECOARTE community environmental project since I was a child, this is a project whose main objective is to raise awareness of the need to take care of nature as a fundamental provider of many essential components for human life. To fulfill this goal, periodic activities are created such as:
- planting trees on deforested land by the process of extracting minerals.
- mangrove planting on the coasts.
- cleaning of contaminated beaches.
- talks about the importance of caring for the environment and the consumption and production of resources based on sustainable development.
- Dramatizations on the positive or negative actions of men towards nature.
- international events to describe to the world the environmental situation of our territories.
- Writing articles for the press.
-What contributions or solutions does it provide for the development of the territory or the country?
-There is only one solution for the environmental problems of our territory and the world, "CONSCIOUSNESS”. This is the main task I am engaged in as an environmentalist. Not getting tired of facing negative criteria, I try to prove to all those involved in negative actions, that the planet belongs to everyone, that the seas are ours, that we all breathe from trees, and that despite the fact that not all of us produce pollution, it belongs to us all and so we should all fight to eradicate it.
- How did you feel when you learnt that you had obtained the prize?
-A study in Nature magazine estimates that the planet contains about three trillion trees. Currently, 15, 3 billion trees are cut every year.
"What I felt is that we continue to do little for such a huge problem, a problem we are all responsible of; rather than recognitions we should make hard and concrete remarks to those who make nature cry.”
-What does it mean for you to have received this award?
- It means that I can show my children that although there are some who do not take care of the green planet where we live, there are others who do know how important it is to fight for a clean air for all future generations.