Ecuador is a beautiful country with four distinct regions: the Amazon, Coast, Mountains, and the Insular, each offering a magical and dreamlike climate that I find perfect. However, upon researching the changes over the past decade, I discovered that “From 1960 to 2010, Ecuador experienced increases in temperature, and spatial and seasonal variations in rainfall throughout its territory” (Interactive Country Fiches, n.d.). This finding has captured my attention because I distinctly remember experiencing a noticeable increase in heat each year during my childhood. Furthermore, in 2024, the effects of the “Niño” phenomenon exacerbated the situation, leading to floods and landslides that caused devastating losses for many people.

Now is the time for thoughtful reflection on my role in preserving our nation. The Galapagos Islands stand as a beacon of natural beauty, renowned for their unparalleled biodiversity. Having had the privilege to visit these enchanting islands in the past, both alone and with my wife and daughter, I hold a deep appreciation for their magnificence. Last year, Ecuador’s government made a pivotal decision, highlighted in the GGGI report (GGGI – Global Green Growth Institute, 2023), to repurchase $1.6 billion worth of outstanding bonds for the Galapagos Debt for Nature swap at a discounted rate of approximately 40 cents on the dollar. As a conscientious citizen, I am committed to supporting such initiatives aimed at safeguarding the Galapagos Islands for future generations, including my grandchildren.

References

Ecuador Debt-for-Nature swap in the Galapagos Islands launched. (2023, May 16). GGGI – Global Green Growth Institute. https://gggi.org/ecuador-debt-for-nature-swap-in-the-galapagos-islands-launched/

Climate change / Ecuador | Interactive Country Fiches. (n.d.). https://dicf.unepgrid.ch/ecuador/climate-change