Our photo of the week comes to us from the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, where the Embassy is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to reduce illegal poaching and preserve endangered species in the Nam Et Phu Luey National Protected Area.
Today, we are celebrating Earth Day at embassies and consulates around the world. As Embassy Islamabad Spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said, "Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern U.S. environmental movement in 1970. Over the last 40 years, countries celebrate Earth Day with green activities that promote a healthy, sustainable environment and raise environmental awareness."
On this Earth Day, we are also celebrating the International Year of Forests. Over one and a half billion people worldwide depend on forests for some food, shelter, income and medicine, and billions more benefit from cleaner air and water, climate change mitigation, regulation of floods and storms, and global markets for tourism, timber and non-timber forests products.
We would love to hear how you celebrated Earth Day in the comments section below.