The whole month of June will be colored green here

Monday may have been environment day, and the week is environment week, but in some agencies all of June is environment month.

To celebrate the day the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica in Cartago invited local high schoolers to liberate hundreds of butterflies Monday.

There was a seminar Monday. Today the higher education institute expects to plant 1,000 trees. Wednesday there are plans to clean nearby water courses of trash. There also will be an exhibition of new hybrid autos Thursday.

Also Wednesday Michael E. Webber, of the University of Texas at Austin will participate in a forum on energy of the future. In addition to the auto exhibition Thursday, the school plans a fair of environmental-friendly products and a concert. Friday has been designated a day without smoke. They are not talking about cigarettes. The use of bikes is being encouraged.

The Universidad de Costa Rica also will celebrate the day today. Like the Cartago institution, the university has events planned all week. Today the university will only permit vehicles that do not produce emissions to enter the grounds. This is another day without smoke.

The Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones and private companies will be presenting an environmental fair in the Antigua Aduana in San José Wednesday. There also are plans to plant trees in Parque la Sabana.

Other agencies have announced plans for events all through the month. World Environment Day is a creation of the United Nations Environment Programme.

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