Orinoco River, Colombia
This year’s Earth Day, which has been celebrated since 1970 and was established as a protest against more than 150 years of negative human impact on the environment since industrialisation’s onset, will be celebrated on 22 April and will focus on terminating the plastic pollution. In Colombia, initiatives are being taken to recycle large amounts of plastic waste into Lego-like earthquake-resistant bricks to construct houses.
To honour this and other initiatives, we show a 100 m image of 19 February 2018 of Columbia’s Orinoco River, which can be seen flowing north-eastwards. Orinoco’s main tributaries, the Meta (upper image part) and Vichada (lower image part) flow from west to east and are clearly visible together with their green river banks. The area east of the Orinoco is El Tuparro National Natural Park, a nature reserve covering nearly 5,500 km2, which is largely covered by natural grass savanna that gives home to a large diversity of species.