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Environment summit kicks off
BY JOEVEL A. BARTOLOME

 

The 3rd National Coordination Summit-Visayas and National Clean Up Day Coalition opened yesterday at the Balicaocao Highland Resort in Kabankalan City.

The three-day summit, with the theme “Empowering Environmental Volunteerism for Resiliency Sustainability”, has about 100 participants, composed of teachers and students from LGUs in Negros Occidental and representatives of Environment and Natural Resources Offices.

Topics discussed were Environmental Youth Activism by Rodne Galicha of Climate Reality Philippines; Food, Climate and Sustainability by Shiela Castillo, Climate Reality Leader; and The #IAM5MILLIONPH Journey by Arturo Alvarez of Let’s Do It! Philippines.

The plans of action by the participants, led by Dann Diez, national convener of Let’s Do It! Philippines, were also formed.

Sec. Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chairman and executive director ofthe Climate Change Commission, will be the guest speaker today, with other speakers discussing the role of the academe in climate resiliency and trash management in urban poor areas.

Tomorrow, the participants will have a tree planting covenant and a workshop/action planning on the September 15 Clean UP for the LGUs, led by Gemma Ledesma, DepEd regional director of Region 6.

Art Alvarez ,national program director of Let’s Do It! Philippines, said the National Clean Up Day Coalition is an event headed by environmental organizations to advocate climate education, clean air, marine biodiversity, ecosystem, disaster risk reduction management, renewable energies, climate change adaptation, and global warming, among others, in partnership with national implementing agencies.

These environmental organizations include the #IAM5MILLIONPH, described as a ‘purely 100 percent Filipino People’s Volunteerism Power,’ advocating against plastic pollution and trash.

#IAM5MILLIONPH is part of the global trash activism on September 15, simultaneous with other environmental celebrations such as the International Coastal Clean Up Day and Clean Up the World.*JAB

 

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