Earth Day #Philippines

On April 22, to commemorate Earth Day, a coastal cleanup and mangrove tree planting activity was organized with the theme, “Restore the Earth”.

This activity took place in three different locations listed at the end with the organizations and partners’ names.

Almost one hundred fifty volunteers were able to plant one thousand mangroves and cleaned one of the coasts in Plaridel.

This occasion was the first time a business sector had collaborated with YSP Misamis Occidental. As a result, YSP Misamis Occidental has gained significant community recognition, perhaps due to its presence on social media. Additionally, the Bawbawon Hospitality Group will offer donations to assist future YSP Misamis Occidental environmental-related projects.

Humans need to take action to conserve the environment and its resources. Every action we as humans perform has an enormous effect on the life of other species. Consequently, any effort, no matter how miniscule, made towards conservational initiatives and activities can lead to lasting consequences that bring positive change. 

Therefore, it is essential that everybody work together to save the planet. Organizations that have joined this event should educate people about the dangers of not partaking in protective measures. They should be taught how to contribute to the preservation of the environment. If all this collective effort starts happening, we can surely save our planet and make for a brighter future.

Despite the earth’s unavoidable free services to humanity, people are unable to repay it for its generosity. Humans, on the other hand, are inhuman to the Earth.

Marine plastic pollution is one of the world’s most serious issues. Every minute, up to thirteen million metric tons of plastic is estimated to end up in the ocean; the equivalent of a trash or garbage truckload. At least two hundred sixty-seven species have been affected worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species.

As a result, eliminating garbage from the shores is one of the most beneficial measures for the coastal environment – the biological community most impacted by trash. It aids in reducing the problems created by marine waste and the dangers posed to marine life due to plastic pollution.

The need to save the Earth is urgent, but the underlying truth is more complex. The damage that humans have caused is becoming irreparable; resulting in resources becoming increasingly contaminated. It is and has always been the duty of humans to protect the world they live in, but they have become susceptible to greed and are rather eroding the planet. As a ramification, people should make deliberate choices to make the Earth a safer and more prosperous environment to live in, and initiatives like these are important steps toward saving the planet.

In Punta Blanca, Mobod, Oroquieta City: with IAYSP Philippines Misamis Occidental, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Oroquieta, headed by Dr. Maynard Bongcayao with participating organizations; Supreme Student Government of Misamis Occidental National High School (MONHS), Supreme Student Council of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Oroquieta, and Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) Oroquieta.

In Palilan, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental: IAYSP lead by Ms. Donnalane Banghal together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Jimenez, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Council, Barangay Council, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Palilan Jimenez, Naga Barangay Captain, CBRP, and Triskelion Tau Gamma Jimenez.

And in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental with the participating organizations: Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of the Aloran, Sinacaban, Calamba, Plaridel, and Oroquieta, Philippine National Police (PNP) Plaridel and Plaridel Looc National High School, the Bawbawon Hospitality Group, and Municipality Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO), Plaridel.

This initiative is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 13, Climate Action, and 17, Partnership and Goals.