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Friday, December 17, 2010

Interview with the Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Aguascalientes, Evaristo VELASCO

Most Worshipful Past Grand Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Aguascalientes "EDMUND GAMES OROZCO", Brethren Evaristo VELASCO, the world is going through a very intense season, as it is considered that the COP16 Summit may not offer more than the COP15 in Denmark.

1. On November 29, 2010, began the COP16 Summit. The last meeting (the one in Copenhagen, Denmark) did not had the desired results of the participating countries. Do you think this meeting will bring something new in terms of Climate Change?

I think the meeting will give very good results, but the meeting itself can not do anything about what is sought in relation that the countries could adopt environmental measures which can work together to make the world a better place and that Change Climate does not affect all its rigor. What it would give the desired results would be that delegates bring the ideas to their respective countries and they that the ideas must be applied with responsibility.

2. Last year in December, the Grand Master of United Grand Lodges of Germany (Brethren Rüdiger Templin) did not consider relevant the COP15 Report. The Grand Master asked Freemasons of Germany and in the world to begin to act each one to bring its contribution to reducing energy consumption. Do you think that Freemasons and Freemasonry can play an active role in this process apparently irreversible?

Surely if all Masons of the world we organize ourselves and we are located in positions that allow us to trigger civil laws and their application for this, again, surely we shall have all desired and relevant outcomes.

3. The Grand Lodge in which you are a member is actively involved in protecting the environment? And what does regarding this?

We are trying to influence the proper reforestation in the consciousness of the people through writings published in some newspapers in the nation and be the first to observe laws and norms that lead us to the goal.

4. Masonry in Brazil is trying to protect the Amazon. Various Masonic organizations have implemented several projects in this regard. How effective can the relationship between state institutions and Freemasonry can be?

The first and most important is that we began to drive projects through various organizations. The effectiveness is in direct proportion to the support both within and outside the country perform of all Masons in the world. The Amazon is not only the heritage of Brazil, but is one of the most important places for all humanity, so we must all participate.

5. What is your vision, as a simple citizen, regarding the future of the nature on our Planet? Education is a way forward in this respect?

Education has always been one of the most powerful tools that mankind has had to act. The big problem facing us is not only the need for a more appropriate educational program, but somehow we all, as citizens of the world must unite in a green army with a responsible vision of coexistence in the world.

Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Aguascalientes "EDMUND GAMES OROZCO", Brethren Evaristo VELASCO, the Masonic Press Agency of Romania (APMR) thanks you for your kindness to grant us this interview.

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