In celebration of the Earth Day. . .
"Protecting the environment is not just a liberal idea, it’s everyone's responsibility. And, when it comes to environmental concerns, no one is excused to whatever status one has. The Earth is the only planet that sustains life support to all. If one fails to recognize that fact, our humanity will be doomed."
Thus transpired during the two-day Youth Eco-Camp with the theme: Earth Day, Everyday, Everywhere last April 21-22, 2012 at Maonon, Ligao City.
Headed by the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO), the said activity gathered 41 SK Chairmen and 33 youths from the Commission on Youth to help in the restoration and conservation of the City's coastal area.
Kicking off the encampment celebration, day 1 slated a forum on the topics, namely: Importance of Mangrove on Climate Change Mitigation for a Greening Response, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation. Prior to this was the Alay Lakad and Coastal Clean-up.
Moreover, the participants, grouped into 5 and equipped with their environmental shoutouts, engaged themselves in the Earth Day Contest highlighting Slogan and Poster Making, Essay Writing and Yell Making.
In the evening, a Search for Mr. and Ms. Youth Eco-Camp was conducted and each representative ramped their way to the much-coveted titles.
The second day featured the Mangrove Tree Planting at Bagong Silang, Cabarian Ligao City and successfully planted 10, 000 Mangrove species in protection of marine biodiversity and coastal resources.
Furthermore, an election of Ligao City Youth Council for Climate Change was done in order to link and maximize the cooperation among the youths of the city. This likewise aims to raise awareness of the environmental issues and actions that one needs to heed.
The event turned out as a success and has made significance in addressing environmental concerns.Each participant was able to realize that there is only less span of time to save the future; hence, one does not just need a green thumb, but a green hand because saving the environment from human ignorance is a no easy task.