Four-day event to promote concept of carbon neutrality

The Ministerio de Planificación Nacional y Política Económica will launch their program, SW!CH 2012, to raise awareness and educate persons on ways to be carbon neutral.

The program, which lasts from Dec. 12 to 15, is themed “For Peace with Mother Earth.” It is the first event by the Fundación Pro Energías Renovables, and is one the foundation hopes to make an annual occurrence.

Participants will be given information on renewable energy forms in order to create an awareness for the 2021 goal of Costa Rica to be carbon neutral.

Year 2021 will also be Costa Rica’s bicentennial of independence.

“It is a program that aims to raise awareness and propose framed actions to contribute to the national goal to be carbon neutral by the government,” said Silvia Hernández, vice minister of Planificación. “SW!CH 12-21 will begin in a moment of great national importance, being the commemoration of the bicentennial of our country as an independent republic and a time where the definition of our country’s development model must be aligned with the strategy of environmental protection.”

SW!CH 2012 will consists of a fair at Estadio Nacional with concerts by national artists, “green” documentaries by the Criterio Ambiental Film Festival, the signing of a peace agreement and an international concert on Dec. 14 by Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas from Argentina and the Mexican band Molotov.

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