| It will offer information in the Regional Parks of Carrascoy-El Valle and Sierra Espuņa for the proper use and disposal of masks or gloves in nature | The General Director of the Natural Environment, Fulgencio Perona, today presented the campaign 'Nature takes care of you, take care of it!', Which launches awareness activities "with the aim of informing visitors of two of the most visited protected natural areas in the Region of Murcia, the regional parks of Carrascoy-El Valle and Sierra Espuņa, of the dangers posed by the presence in nature of protection waste against the covid-19 pandemic, especially masks, influencing a series of good practices at the time of its elimination and providing means for the reduction of new waste ". The environmental awareness action will consist of communicating basic notions of the proper use of the mask and its correct disposal.
For this, a team of four people has been hired to visit the recreational areas and Visitor Centers of both natural areas on weekends, distributing 4,000 masks and as many mask holders to users and visitors as gifts.
The campaign starts today and will run through the weekends until December 13, sources from the regional government informed Murcia.com in a statement. Perona recalled that the epidemic "has had a notorious influence on the way we relate to both other people and the environment that surrounds us, and here the natural environment is included, since, due to its characteristics of open space and low density of users, it is the first option for many families when it comes to enjoying leisure activities and free time ". Consequently, and due to the mandatory health measures for the population to prevent the pandemic, there has been "an increase in waste in all areas where the population carries out its activities, for example masks, gloves, plastic wrap.
, etc., and an increase in the presence of these residues has been detected on beaches, fields and mountains, with the danger that this entails since they are residues with the potential for infection and transmission of the virus ", explained the general director. Fulgencio Perona recalled that "in environmental matters, the participation and involvement of the population is essential for a more effective management of natural resources.
In this sense, raising awareness has been proven as a great tool that contributes to a more effective resolution of the environmental problems, an aspect that has been reinforced with the recent launch of the Instagram accounts of Protected Natural Spaces, which are added to the current offer of social networks, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook ".