bridging the gap in conservation

In Monteverde, we visited a cloud rain forest and experienced animals in their natural habitat. We learned about interconnected specific relations between the species that live in the rainforest. Our tour guide explained that each species has a purpose that depends one each other. Not to mention, the amount of plastic that is wasted when tourists visit is immensely larger than the off season of tourism in Costa Rica. The rainforest provides water, oxygen, scenery, and medicine. Achieving productivity while maintaining sustainability and conservation is complex because the one optimal opportunity to obtain financial stability is to utilize the land that the rainforest exists in.

Productivity refers being able to produce goods at an increasing rate with the same or less amount of work. It is very common that people resort to this method of measurement to increase their way of life. A couple decades ago, the percentage of rainforest that covered costa rica drastically decreased, and since then, costa rica has been trying to recover. Conservation is the concept of protecting nature. In Monteverde, their value and love for nature is what attracts tourists. However as climate change advances, Monteverde faces many problems. As danger approaches on the ecosystems of the rainforests due to climate change, the steady flow of profit is in jeopardy because the money that conserves the rainforests comes from the tourists.

Don Guillermo provided a lot of insight about how Monteverde conserves materials. The quakers created financial relief with the diary factory; however the work to maintain it took a heavy toll on the environment. Monteverde has a limited amount of water and when plastic and trash is wasted, it contaminated the lower communities. Monteverde has worked towards more green options including composting, biking to reduce gas emission, and planting more trees.

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