PSA: June is Philippine Environment Month

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED June 4, 2018 03:57 pm | UPDATED June 4, 2018 04:24 pm
Photo from Masungi Georeserve

(Inside Manila) The lack of environmental consciousness of an individual is one thing; the collective deficiency of such another. While it is true that we ought to show concern to our environment all year round, there has to be a time to put in the greater effort—that time is the month of June.

As per Proclamation No. 237, signed on April 4, 1988, by then-President Cory Aquino, the country shall observe the month of June as the Philippine Environment Month. It is in pursuant to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 2994, which declares the fifth day of June of every year as World Environment Day (WED) and urging governments in the United Nations System to undertake activities reaffirming their concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

Since 1974, WED has been raising awareness on emerging environmental issues: global warming, human overpopulation, marine pollution, wildlife crime, sustainable consumption, and much more. In 2017, Ottawa, Canada was the host city of the WED, which carried the theme “Connecting People to Nature.” This year, India will be the global host to promote to the world the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.”

Not only is making the whole month a Philippine Environment Month a gesture to the cause of WED, it is also a recognition to the “imperative need to instill environmental awareness and concern among the various sectors of the Philippine society.”

Perhaps the highlight of this country’s observance is the PCB-free EnviRUNment: Onward to a Toxic-Free Philippines, happening on June 10, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Puerta Real Gardens, Intramuros. The advocacy will be spearheaded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), with assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Organized in cooperation with the EcoWaste Coalition, EnviRUNment is one of the activities under the Safe PCB and E-Waste Management Project of the aforementioned agencies. You get a chance to run with a good cause—and it’s free registration. Simply register in advance until June 6, 12 p.m.



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