Climate change is our reality. A sad and unfortunate reality we, together with Mother Earth, are enduring and facing. And yet, if I am to scrutinize things even more, climate change is only the tip of the iceberg. Environmental issue has branched out into a number of forms that is slowly annihilating the world, our future.
Jumping on the Green Advocacy Bandwagon
Even before I joined the blogosphere, there are two advocacies close to my heart – poverty alleviation and promoting quality education. I usually join our corporate outreach programs to support such causes. But as I started traveling and blogging about the world, I feel the earth is speaking to me.
When people compliment my travel photos, I feel privilege to closely encounter the splendor of nature that always leave me speechless – sunsets, mountains, sandbars, oceans and more. But then I realized the beauty I am laying my eyes on should not only be preserved in pictures. I asked myself, how will these gorgeous places be like 10 years from now?
And so I jumped. I jumped on the green advocacy bandwagon. But apart from primarily keeping the nature’s magnificent beauty, there are other reasons why I wanted to take part in caring for our environment.
One is to lessen the impact of natural disasters we are experiencing. In the Philippines alone, calamities are imposing more massive destructions than they were before.
The other motive that convinced me to act for the environment is to help the locals. Whenever I travel, interacting with the locals is discovering beyond what my eyes can see. These folks need help in preserving their habitat especially when the ones they are dealing with are rich corporations and influential people. I remember talking to an Ivatan tour guide in Batanes. He said there had been a lot of attempts to commercialize their place which they are strongly opposing. In any way I can, I want to echo the voice of these people.
There goes my whys and so I find myself collaborating with Green Thumb Coalition.
Green Thumb Coalition
Green Thumb Coalition (GTC) was formed to give emphasis on green electoral platform campaign for the 2016 Philippine presidential election. This is to appeal to aspiring leaders to lay down concrete plans in resolving environmental crisis.
The Coalition is committed to work on the following:
- Biodiversity and ecosystem integrity
- Natural resource and land use management and governance
- Human rights and integrity of creation
- Climate justice
- Mining, extractives and mineral resource management
- Energy transformation and democracy
- Sustainable food sovereignty
- People-centered sustainable development
- Waste management
Green Thumb Coalition Bloggers Meet Up
I’ve been seeing and hearing so many things about environmental concerns, both in the local and global scene. But during the GTC Bloggers Meet Up held at La Mesa Ecopark yesterday, I was astounded to still discover a whole lot more.
Ms. Norie Garcia, ALKFI Adovacy and Partnership Director, made us see closely the effects of mining in different parts of the country. I was really moved by the documentaries we watched – the locales, especially the farmers are crying out loud, literally crying, because of what mining had done to their lands.
Fellow travel blogger, Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town, on the other hand, personally inspired me to become a more responsible traveler.
Green Score Card Announcement
GTC gave presidentiables questionnaires to answer from which a Green Score Card will be produced to somehow determine the level of their adherence to “green” agenda. On April 22, 2016, GTC will release the said Green Score Card.
Philippine Presidential Election 2016
“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. Let us not take this planet for granted.”
– Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and Environmentalist
On May 9, 2016, I do hope you cast your vote. And when you do, I hope you remember the world and its indigenous people. I hope we will not take this planet for granted.
Join the Coalition
If you are interested to be part of Green Thumb Coalition or you simply want to share the word, please visit their social media accounts as follows:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenThumbCoalition/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenthumbcoalition/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Green_Thumb2016