RP marks World Environment Day

June 5, 2009 1:50 pm 

MANILA, June 5 — “Your planet needs you. Unite to combat Climate Change!!!”

The foregoing theme banners this year’s international observance of World Environment Day (WED) marked by the Philippines with rites at the Marikina Riverbanks Activity Center in Marikina City yesterday, Thursday.

The rites, led by the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, headed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself, was hosted by Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando. The worldwide observance was under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Secretary Heherson Alvarez, Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change said this year’s WED theme “reflects the urgency of saving the life support systems of the Earth – our food and water supply, forests and biodiversity – from the threat of climate change.”

“The Earth is in peril. Unprecedented long droughts and escalating ferocious storms brought about by creeping climate change are affecting archipelagic communities such as the Philippines. We are calling on all citizens to join us in a carbon cutting coalition campaign versus climate change because we are at war, fighting for survival of the Earth,” Alvarez explained.

According to scientists, unless the polluting gasses in the atmosphere, principally carbon dioxide, are reduced by 50 percent by year 2050, global warming and climate change can destroy civilizations.

Alvarez said President Arroyo has called for “deep and early cuts on carbon dioxide emissions to moderate the creeping climate change of intensifying destructive typhoons.”

He said he will relay the President’s call during the June 1-12, 2009 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Bonn, Germany where he leads the Philippine delegation.

Among the on-going WED events in the country are “Gallery of the Seas” boat sails exhibits, bicycle runs, waste management and recycling demonstrations, tree planting, poster painting and slogan writing contests, medical missions and green charcoal cooking demonstrations. (PNA) LAP/OPS/ssc

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