Several environmental advocates held a silent protest against the mindless use of plastic, with hopes of kickstarting a change in the apathetic, at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City yesterday.
The advocates, who labeled themselves as “Bacolod Against Plastic,” want to raise awareness and spark concerns about plastic pollution in the city.
The participants held placards expressing their stand against issues rooted on plastic misuse such as improper waste disposal, ocean waste, and flooding, among others.
“We want the citizens to take individual action in reducing their own use of plastic. Humans have so much negative impact on the environment, we should start making positive ones,” one of the organizers, Krishna Ariola, said.
Ariola said they just want to make people see that something can be done in Bacolod and reach out to the government.
“We want to show that there are concerned individuals who will support actions they take for our environment. There may be a lot of critics and naysayers, but there is also a growing number of support – as long as it’s done justly and with the goal of bettering our homes,” she said.
In their “Plastikanay Statement,” Bacolod Against Plastic said that they have seen apathy regarding the issue of plastic pollution in various forms, and that now should be the time to stop the indifference and to start taking action in preserving nature.
“The awareness of plastic misuse is growing. We see and hear about it everywhere… but we are still taking the issue lightly,” the statement added.*JAB
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