Hollywood Promoters To Help Lake Atitlan
By Greg Szymanski, JD
February 26, 2010
There is no time to waste in mounting a strong campaign to help restore to pristine condition Lake Atitlan in the Guatemala Highlands.
Considered one of the most beautiful volcanic lakes in the world, Hollywood promoters are now working on a Save the Atitlan Lake Worldwide Concert Tour to raise needed millions to help the impoverished Mayan people of the Guatemalan Highlands.
Hollywood intends to use the Mayan Calendar 2012 end of the word date to jump start public awareness.
One Sunset Strip promoter looking for worldwide talent said:
“If we save Lake Atitlan in the next two years maybe the world won’t end. That’s good reason to start opening up your pocket books, especially you Hollywood stars.”
“With the permission of the artists of course we are planning to use this following song as the theme to save the lake. See this you tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc_7ZJdv1o0&feature=related
Dates and locations of the concerts have yet to be announced.
One local hotel owner summed up the need for immediate attention this way:
“My view since this started is precisely that this is a wonderful opportunity to prove to the world that, what is happening with our planet, can be fixed if we change the way we behave.
“Lake Atitlan is like the planet on a smaller scale with the same mix of problems, people and resources. This is a great world to show the world a lot of good can be done with a lot of hard work and caring for the environment.”
With the future of one of its major tourist attractions in question, the Guatemalan government has announced an ambitious multi-part plan to cut sources of phosphorous, one problem the lake is encountering.
It calls for the construction of 15 sewage-treatment plants, a government-led conversion to organic farming for 80% of farmers in the lake’s watershed during the next three years, and for educating residents and tourists about the environment.
The cost: about $350 million, a huge expenditure for an impoverished country.
“The problem has been accumulating for years but Guatemala has other expensive problems and, apparently, this was not a priority,” says Margaret Dix, a Universidad Del Valle scientist who has studied the lake since 1976. “It needs money, input and a commitment. I think it can be restored to a large extent in four or five years. But it will never be like it was 100 years ago.”