Greenpeace Southeast Asia


Is our water supply sufficient? by Jenny Tuazon

From Solar Generation – Pilipinas

I know that Sunday should be a rest day given the busy schedules we have weekly but seeing that the climate is continuously changing every second, we shouldn’t be taking a break from taking care of our planet. A little sacrifice and time to take a good glimpse of what is really happening to the Earth and how to help in making the people aware of these things is what we’ve done yesterday until this afternoon. Seeing this tragic scene up close is quite different from what we are informed or in what our current surrounding tells us. Continue reading

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Conversations and lasting change by Chuck Baclagon

Greenpeace Toxic Campaigner presents to DENR Secretary Lito Atienza a bottle of toxic water collected from the waste collected from the Taytay dumpsite.

Greenpeace Toxic Campaigner presents to DENR Secretary Lito Atienza a bottle of toxic water collected from the waste collected from the Taytay dumpsite.

Organizationally we promote open, informed debate about society’s environmental choices. We use research, lobbying, and quiet diplomacy to pursue our goals, as well as high-profile, non-violent conflict to raise the level and quality of public debate.

Such can be said of the event that we did yesterday, we did a direct action in order to ignite well informed conversation around the issue of dumpsites. Conversations are the ideal form of communication in some respects, since they allow people with different views on a topic to learn from each other.

Below is an interesting conversation between a concerned citizen of Taytay who wrote to Beau Baconguis our resident expert on matters relating to toxic chemicals and water pollution.

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Winged-Residents of Taytay Falls by Chuck Baclagon

After several years, I was very excited to again visit Taytay Falls and behold its unique ecosystem and residents.

Five birders took part in Greenpeace’s World Water Day. Arriving at the parking lot of the site at around 7:30am we were greeted by a White-Collared Kingfisher perched on a palm frond of a coconut tree. I and Anne got excited when we spotted a pair of endemic Striped-headed Rhabdornis. It was the first time for us to see the said bird species.

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Water Patrol documents the threats to Majayjay’s waters by Chuck Baclagon
Reflection of the vegetation on irrigation water from Mount Banahaw.

Reflection of the vegetation on irrigation water from Mount Banahaw.

The world celebrates World Water Day every March 22.

This year, some 50 members of the Greenpeace Water Patrol went to Majayjay to document the beauty of Mt. Banahaw and the waters that spring from it as part of Project Clean Water’s activities.

The Taytay Falls in Majayjay is the 7th of a series of Falls that form the Dalitiwan River which eventually joins the Pagsanjan and Sta. Cruz Rivers, the two largest tributaries of the Laguna Lake. We were there to highlight the need to urgently protect the remaining clean waters from contamination. The Majayjay waters are especially significant since it is one of the few remaining clean waters within the Laguna Lake Water Basin.

We grouped ourselves into 2 teams. The first team went deeper into the forest, an area not normally open to the general public but was accessed with a guide and special permission from the Barangay and the local DENR. A second team stayed around the Falls and the surrounding community to conduct interviews with campers and members of the community. Continue reading