I went to the Butterfly Festival celebrating the opening of the new Butterfly Pavilion at the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden. It is a very beautiful garden. It was very interesting to see the water-saving tips and tricks they used to water their beautiful garden.
I honestly was too scared to go into the actual butterfly pavilion (I hate/scared of butterflies) but that did not stop me from experiencing the rest of the festival. Their were a lot of activities for children, like coloring and story booths; along with workshops that educated people about preserving butterfly populations.
The adult-geared workshops talked about conserving water by planting San Diego-native plants and using more effective irrigation systems.
This festival was a great for the San Diego community. Like I said before, it promoted water conservation and preservation of a very important species to our ecosystem. Butterflies help pollinate plants and flowers. Currently San Diego is in a drought, so water conservation is more important than ever. The Water Conservation Garden is just one example of San Diego moving toward a more eco-friendly future.
March Against Monsanto
I participated in a protest against the tyrant Monsanto. Monsanto is an agricultural company that has a tyrant over crops and farms. The main problem with their company is the monopoly they have over corn. Actually, there are two main problems with that. The first major problem is simply the monopoly they hold. In order for corn to grow, you need wind to help the pollination process. Monsanto has genetically engineered their "perfect" seed that they patent. Monsanto has large plots of land around smaller farms. When the wind carries the pollen around their crops, you can imagine it goes to the smaller farms as well. The smaller farms can (and are) sued by Monsanto and eventually bought out because they "have Monsanto's seed on their soil). These smaller farms now have to abide by the rules of Monsanto because they carry the seeds.
Another major problem with this company is the seed(s) itself. Genetically engineered (anything) can not be at all natural. It had to be made outside of nature. Genetically modified food have carcinogens in them. These are PROVEN to cause Autism, Aspergers, ADD, and Alzheimer's (amongst many, many other health problems). Studies have directly linked the growth of miscarriages with the growth of consumption of genetically engineered food! This is a problem because everyone eats food (corn makes up a lot of food we eat and items we use daily). Everyone is affected. (Not to mention the long line of pesticide products Monsanto uses that kills our bees and is destroying our eco system, but that is another story.)
I participated in this event by making and holding signs, and marching and singing against Monsanto!
Find me in the video!
Feeding The Homeless
For thanksgiving, I helped host a community dinner in the San Ysidro community. I helped prepare food and serve it as well.
Although it is not necessarily environment related, I helped out my community by participating in this event. A lot of the community who came to the dinner are less fortunate and really could use the meal.
AFB Christmas Play
This Christmas season, I coordinated a skit for the children I teach to perform at our Church Christmas Pagent. I taught the small ones lines, meanings of their lines, and the real meaning of Christmas. We reharsed for several months, and then performed on the 15th of December!
I coordinated ages 3-12 The performed a nativity seen. I directed them on stage, playing the angel that tells Mary and Joseph about their unborn son.
I made costumes for each participant, and wrote the script. I also designed the set.
Although this is not related to the environment, I set an example for these young children to follow in moral paths. Through this teaching program, I am able to make an impact in these kid's lives by being like a "big sister" figure, and listening to them. These kids are the future of the San Diego Community!