Palabras de la Embajadora Martha Bárcena en la Gala del DC Environmental Film Festival

 

 

  • It is a real honor to host the Benefit Gala of this year’s DC Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF).I want to commend and congratulate all of the people that make this festival possible, especially its Executive Director, Christopher Head; the Chair of the Board of Directors, Susan Vitka; Jacob Scherr; Filmmaker Francisco Campos-Lopez, and our two awardees, Senator Ed Markey and Dr. Susan Blumenthal.

 

  • The Environmental Film Festival has played a key role in expanding the understanding of the environment in all its complexity through beautiful cinematic experiences.

 

  • Every participating film is eye-opening and reminds us that we cannot take this planet for granted.

 

  • We are all stakeholders of environmental matters, because no issue in the world is more pressing than the planet that we will leave to our children’s children.

 

  • The Mexican Embassy and the Mexican Culture Institute have been proud allies of this Festival and this year we are presenting two films, “Nomads” and “Nothing Fancy” that present the richness of Mexico’s wildlife and biodiversity.

 

  • In a few minutes, Jacob Scherr and Francisco Campos-Lopez will present the video tribute devoted to the first whale sanctuary in the world located in Mexico: the Laguna San Ignacio.

 

  • Deep in the heart of the Baja California peninsula, the Laguna San Ignacio is the last pristine place left on earth for Pacific gray whales to breed and nurse their young. It’s a place of peace and beauty where these whales swim and interact freely.

 

  • I will not give away too much, but the story of Laguna San Ignacio is paradigmatic of what governments and environmentalists can achieve together. Today, its waters are protected and designated as a World Heritage site and serve —as one of the participants in the film says— as a “beacon of hope” and as a “global example of innovation and protection”.

 

  • Dear guests:

 

  • Please allow me to congratulate Senator Ed Markey and Dr. Blumenthal, who will be honored shortly for their outstanding efforts towards the conservation of the environment, including the fight against climate change.

 

  • We need to support leaders like Senator Markey and Dr. Blumenthal, who do not speak for a few, but who speak for all of humanity, and for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by environmental degradation.

 

  • When Mexican scientist Mario Molina won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the Arctic ozone hole, he claimed that the response to this global problem showed that different sectors of society, including the scientific community, industry, environmental organizations, policy makers and government representatives, could work together to reach global solutions.

 

  • This idea: that we are all part of the solutions to our planet’s maladies lies at the heart of the Environmental Film Festival.

 

  • The Mexican Government and everyone at the Mexican Embassy and the Cultural Institute will continue to join you in your efforts to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment.