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Filipinos' support on climate change sought

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (4 June) -- As the world will observe tomorrow, June 5, the World Environment Day, a top environment official is urging the Filipinos to support the government's efforts to mitigate climate change.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza in the press release is enjoining the citizenry to take active part in various environmental protection activities.

Atienza said that this is the country's contribution to the global efforts to mitigate climate change.

He said that this year's global celebration is anchored on the theme” Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change,” which is aimed at drawing attention to climate change and its impacts on poverty and forestry.

The month of June of every year has been declared as the Philippine Environment Month based on Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed by then President Corazaon C. Aquino in 1988.

On the other hand, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has also issued Presidential Proclamation No. 176 that designates the month of June of every year as the “Month of the Mountains” in the Philippines as an answer to the United Nations General Assembly's call for the sustainable development of forest resources.

The passage of said laws were not only a gesture of the Philippine support to the cause of enhancing world ecology but also a recognition of the imperative need to instill environmental awareness and concern among the various sectors of the Philippine society.

In line with this celebration, Atienza calls for the public to contribute to the sustainable development of the country's economies and communities around the world.

Among the simple individual's effort that could be contributed is by taking part in waste recycling and clean-up campaigns as well as tree planting and other reforestation activities, he said.

Atienza stressed that the efforts to reverse the impact of climate change in the country should begin with enabling the people to have a clear understanding of what climate change is all about and how global warming will affect them and their communities. (PIA) [top]

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