If you search Wikipedia for significant events that happened on June 11, you’ll find nothing for 1997. The Michael Jordan-led 90-88 victory of the Chicago Bulls’ over the Utah Jazz that day didn’t rise to the level of a Wikipedia entry, but something else should have. That afternoon, something monumental took place on a large island just 90 miles off the Florida coast: Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power passed a remarkable piece of legislation known as Law 81 of the Environment.
The legislation created Cuba’s environmental ministry and elevated Cuba to an environmental leader. The law is based on a foundation of exceptionally powerful tenets, including formal recognition “as a basic right of society and its citizens, the right to a sound environment, and to the enjoyment of a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.” The 1992 Rio Summit convinced Fidel Castro to go green and Law 81 followed.
Ocean Doctor president, Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a contributor to The Oxygen Project, which generates awareness and promotes lifestyle changes necessary to ensure prosperity for generations to come.