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PIA Press Release
2008/02/14

DENR embarks on massive reforestation to mitigate climate change - Atienza

by CG Valdez and MC Locsin

Koronadal City (14 February) -- Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose L. Atienza bared recently that massive reforestation is a major thrust of the Department for 2008 to mitigate climate change, now a growing a global concern.

Secretary Atienza made the pronouncement during his visit to the regional office of the DENR in Koronadal City as the guest of honor on the inauguration of the multi-million peso DENR building (now on Phase III). He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Evelina Ilagan-Atienza, who assisted him during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"We can help slow down the effects of climate change through planting of trees and making our forests green and thick," Atienza declared. The DENR's top honcho even urged hundreds of officials and employees to work harder as a team and to remain vigilant to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for the people.

"We have not done all things yet. Thus, I am challenging everyone especially the workforce of DENR to be responsible stewards of our environment. It is a matter of good environmental governance coupled with greater productivity but the end result will redound to having a new generation who are more environmentally conscious," Secretary Atienza said.

As he closed his message delivered before hundreds of DENR personnel and guests, Secretary Atienza enjoined the continued support and cooperation not only of the DENR but the media and other sectors as well. "Let us all get involved with massive information, education, and communication efforts to also encourage everybody to do the same," Secretary Atienza stressed.

According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change, it is a "change in climate which is attributed directly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods."

Climate change is caused by both natural events (like volcanic eruptions and human activities). It is also influenced by greenhouse gases (for example carbon dioxide and methane) since the higher the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the stronger the greenhouse effect. (DENR XII/PIA SarGen) [top]

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