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Earth Day by Chuck Baclagon
Last November 2008, Greenpeace went to a an orphanage, outside of Manila, to talk about the environment. Kids ages 7 to 14 learned about waste segregation and energy efficiency. This is how one of the children envisioned a greener and peaceful world.

Last November 2008, Greenpeace went to a an orphanage, outside of Manila, to talk about the environment. Kids ages 7 to 14 learned about waste segregation and energy efficiency. This is how one of the children envisioned a greener and peaceful world.

It was in 1970 when U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, founded the first celebration of Earth Day as an environmental teach-in, years later countries all over the world started celebrating April 22 as a special day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.

On the day before Earth Day, Greenpeace activists  held an “Earth Day Barbecue” at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) compound in Quezon City to call attention to how the government’s distorted coal power policy aggravates rather than helps solve the global threat of climate change. The activists ‘roasted’ a balloon replica of Planet Earth over charcoal, which is safer than the coal used in power plants, to illustrate how the relentless pursuit of coal-fired power plants is cooking the planet.

Greenpeace activists held an Earth Day Barbecue at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) compound

Greenpeace activists held an "Earth Day Barbecue" at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) compound

In a world that is facing the imminent threat of catastrophic climate change, the commemoration of Earth Day brings new significance not only to the eco-warriors in the global environmental movement but in the world at large for now is the time to remember the gains that had been achieved by the Environmental Movement but also as a call for drastic action on the pressing need to combat climate change by a united and serious effort to kick the carbon habit.

As we stood in front of the media who are covering our direct communication activity another group whose focus is on the issues related to that of land conversion and food security came in. Later on they were followed by fisherfolk communities from an island called Homonhon, where a mining company has allegedly destroyed the historic and stunningly beautiful island in Eastern Samar.

A female protesters displays banana leaves with slogans written on it during a rally commemorating Earth Day Tuesday in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines. The farmers called on the government to help save agriculture and the environment. (AP Photo/ Pat Roque)

A female protesters displays banana leaves with slogans written on it during a rally commemorating Earth Day Tuesday in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines. The farmers called on the government to help save agriculture and the environment. (AP Photo/ Pat Roque)

It is not surprising that on the eve of Earth Day protests escalate in the DENR building. The number of protests actions of various groups and sectors at the DENR is a clear picture of the sorry state of the Philippine environment.

The earth is looking for champions and we believe that it is high time for the DENR to live up to its mandate that is to uphold the protection of our natural resources.

Here at Greenpeace the rememberance of Earth Day further reinforces our conviction that: “When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can’t eat money…”

It is in celebrating that we are again called to a reaffirmation that indeed this fragile Earth needs action. Further more that it needs you.

Below is our newly released new video in Youtube. This release is part of a recruitment drive to get 3 million more people signed up with Greenpeace as climate activists and taking action in an extremely important year for our climate – at the end of which will be the most important conference this century, the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, where deals will be struck that will determine our planet’s environmental future.


May we be inspired to sign up and take action this Earth Day!

Chuck Baclagon
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[…] Chuck Baclagon put an intriguing blog post on Earth Day « Greenpeace Southeast AsiaHere’s a quick excerptLast November 2008, Greenpeace went to a an orphanage, outside of Manila, to talk about the environment. Kids ages 7 to 14 learned about waste segregation and energy efficiency. This is how one of the children envisioned a greener and … […]

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Are there any groups or activities for children in the Philippines? I stopped by two Greenpeace booths are different malls but the volunteers there couldn’t give me information on this. I work with passionate environmentalists who want to be proactive and get their hands dirty in caring for their world. I hope you can help me out.

Comment by Christine

Hello Christine thanks for getting in touch. Please send and email to info.ph@greenpeace.org to be updated of our activities. thanks

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