AMLAN, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Negrense youths should stand and become heroes of the environment.
This was the challenge posed by Philippine Information Agency Director General Jose Mari Oquiñena to some 2,500 public school students when he talked about climate change advocacy and heroism during a Youth Summit here recently.
The summit held Oct. 17-19 was organized by the Department of Education-Division of Negros Oriental (DepEd-NegOr) and bannered the theme “A Nation of Heroes.”
Participants were composed of grade 5 and 6 pupils in elementary schools and grade 7 to fourth year students in high schools from all over the province.
Oquiñena related responsible environmental stewardship with the value of heroism, describig the trait as the ability to stand up against “bullies” or threats to the nation, one of which is the threat of climate change.
Oquiñena believes young people play a big role in protecting the environment since they will be the future parents of the next generation of youths living in the country.
He encouraged the students to be heroes of the environment by practicing mitigation and adaptation measures to counter the negative effects of this environmental problem.
This characteristic of heroism is developed from Filipinos big capacity to love, he said.
“Natural sa tao ang magtulungan. Natural sa tao ang magmahalan. Natural sa tao na alagaan ang paligid na nagbibigay buhay,” Oquiñena remarked.
To show, love for mother Earth, Oquiñena urged his audience to plant more trees that will absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as well as practice proper waste segregation and disposal.
Oquiñena together with the climate change advocacy team from PIA-Negros Oriental Information Center and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) went to the Youth Summit to educate young people on different climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
He commended the DepEd-NegOr for organizing such event and for promoting and instilling the importance of heroism among Negrense youths.
“I have never been to a summit that has declared itself a nation of heroes,” Oquiñena said. “I hope the whole the country will see what Negros Oriental is doing to its young people.”
Meanwhile, aside from climate change mitigation and adaptation programs implemented by the provincial government and by the DENR which were discussed in the summit, the advocacy team also conducted environmental games and gave prizes to winners to provide fun while they learning the importance of taking care of mother.
The climate change advocacy segment of DepEd’s Youth Summit capped with the reciting of climate change advocacy promise, a commitment that pushes for behavioral change to preserve the environment. (rmn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/ Article originally published at PIA Website on Oct. 23, 2014)