By Hector R. R. Villanueva
Earth Day is an annual observance which aims to strengthen public awareness on how to protect the Earth from the challenges that it is facing these days.
Led by the Earth Day Network (EDN), Earth Day was first held in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to address the growing problems of air, water, and pollution. Now on its 47th year, EDN has set on its 2nd year to its five-year countdown to Earth’s Day 50th anniversary, the theme “Environmental and Climate Literacy.” The campaign focuses on building a global citizenry who are well-informed on the various local and global ecological issues affecting the planet Earth.
EDN is launching the Climate Education Week Toolkit, a web-based, cross-disciplinary resource that includes a range of curricula, lesson plans, educational activities, and films. The toolkit will serve as a guide for teachers in engaging the students’ participation in dealing with current environmental issues.
In support of the Earth Day observance, EDN Philippines has lined up numerous activities on April 22 at La Mesa EcoPark, such as PRO Earth Run 2017: Forest Train Edition; Meditation for Unconditional Love and Harmony with Mother Earth and for Renewal of Oneness with Mother Earth; and “Almusal, Kapehan, at Ugnayan para sa Kalikasan,” an interreligious and intercultural workshop for Mother Earth. The main event will be highlighted with the State of the Philippines Environmental Address and the launch of the Forest Restoration Project at Clark Green City. Other activities include bird watching, an advocacy fair, a tree canopy walk, an endurance challenge, and art sessions. Various groups and organizations have also planned their own activities, such as free bike lessons, fun runs, lectures, and film showing.
Let us be responsive to the call in protecting our planet Earth. In our own little ways we can show our care for Mother Earth by segregating our trash, using eco-bags for our groceries, avoiding the use of plastic materials, and planting trees.