Group proposes an ‘austere’ Christmas celebrations after Yolanda tragedy

November 12, 2013 10:33 pm 

MANILA, Nov 12 — Instead of having a grand Christmas celebration, an environmental group on Tuesday appealed to all Filipinos to instead have an austere one and use savings to donate to victims of typhoon Yolanda.

The EcoWaste Coalition directed this message to all members of the society, including the government and business sectors.

Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition said that people should aim for the simplest celebration of Christmas and use the funds saved to support the huge relief and rehabilitation needs of the typhoon victims.

“Compassion is the call of the hour and a leaner, kinder and greener Christmas is one way through which we can show our solidarity with the disaster victims,” Lucero said.

“An austere celebration will not in any way diminish the real meaning of Christmas, but will, in fact, unravel the true meaning of the season,” she added.

The group suggested that extravagant decorations (including politicians’ “Merry Christmas” tarpaulins, shopping splurges, lavish parties as well as over-the-top bonuses of some government and business executives be toned down.

Firecrackers and firework displays, the group said, can be given up especially those paid out of public funds, since they are not only costly but also dangerous and polluting.

A simple festivity will also translate to less “holitrash” (holiday trash) resulting from the all-out consumption spree, the group also said since waste generation increase by one-third during the holiday season. (PNA)



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