DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) – The 8-day School Caravan on Climate Change kicks off today at he Hermenegilda F. Gloria Memorial High School, Barangay Banilad in Dumaguete City.
This is the first among eight identified public schools in Dumaguete City to participate in a series of climate change school caravan initiated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Negros Oriental and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial office with the Dumaguete City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO).
The eight-day public high school caravan banners the theme “Nagbabago na ang panahon, panahon na para magbago” which encourages young people to be proactive in mitigating and adapting to the negative effects of this climate crisis.
Climate change refers to the phenomenon that is causing the earth to become warmer that results to the change of the planet’s climate and the weather patterns and systems.
Extreme weather patterns that result to prolonged dry season or strong typhoons which can cause massive flooding and landslides are just some of the negative effects of the mentioned environmental problem.
With this disastrous phenomenon happening, PIA-7 regional director Minerva Newman stressed that young people should now consider strong typhoons like the recent Typhoon “Yolanda” a new normal in this generation and therefore initiate efforts that will protect the environment to avoid such adverse impacts.
Newman challenged students of the said high school to plant trees since they help absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and prevent the earth from heating up.
According to DENR-Negros Oriental planning officer Sabina Silva, “Deforestation reduces the ability of ecosystems to absorb greenhouse gases.”
That is why the DENR is implementing the National Greening Program (NGP) as a response to climate change. NGP aims to reforest over 1.5 million of denuded/denuded land and targets 1.5 billion trees to be planted within six years, Silva added.
The students also learned that In Negros Oriental, the NGP has covered 27, 355 hectares of land since 2011.
Aside from tree planting, students are also encouraged to practice proper waste segregation and recycling to lessen the garbage pollution in Dumaguete City.
A short documentary on waste management produced by the PIA-Negros Oriental will also be shown in the school caravans to inform students on how garbage pollution and improper waste management contribute to climate change.
Towards the end of the event, students recited the “Nagbago na ako” promise to renew their commitment to protect the environment and pledge to change their “bad environmental habits”.
The first day of the PIA-DENR Climate Change School Caravan ended with a ceremonial tree planting at the school grounds to remind students to plant more trees to mitigate effects of climate change.
Hermenegilda F. Gloria High School was also recognized as a ‘Maka-Kalikasan’ School by PIA, DENR and Dumaguete City ENRO for implementing solid waste management programs within the campus.
The next climate change school caravan will be on Sept. 24 at Dumaguete City High School, followed by Junob National High School on Sept. 25, Camanjac National High School on Sept. 26, Taclobo High School on Sept. 29, RTPM-Dumaguete City Science High School on Sept. 30, Piapi High School on October 1 and Negros Oriental on October 2. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr)