Omar Castillo Gallegos
When only 8 years old, Omar Castillo, mobilized public opinion in Mexico after watching a TV programme on the destruction of the rainforests in the province of Chiapas. In 1985, he convinced his father to walk more than 1,000 km to these forests.
After this experience and based on what he learned from the indigenous people, he decided to return to Mexico City and walk seven days and six nights around the Central Plaza until the President agreed to see him. When the President accepted, Omar asked him to save the forests and the Lacandones Indians.
In January 1986, he gathered more than 5,000 children in Cancun in a campaign to save Lake Nichupte. That same year, he met the Secretary of Public Education and asked him to include Ecology in all free school books - a request, which became a reality. In July 1986, he bicycled to nine Mexican states to raise awareness of the pollution of the seas, rivers and lakes. He has also organized clean-up campaigns for children and a food aid campaign to save the Tarhumaras Indians.
His activities have earned him world-wide attention and international media coverage.