DENR chief Cimatu has challenge for Pinoys ahead of Earth Day 2021

Published April 21, 2021, 10:35 AM

by Ellson Quismorio

Be part of the solution to Earth’s environmental woes.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made this call to Filipinos on Wednesday, April 21, a day ahead of the celebration of Earth Day.

“From individuals to communities, we can all be part of the solution in addressing climate change and many other environmental issues. When we stop environmentally harmful activities, not only do we save nature, we also minimize the risk on the spur of new viruses,” Cimatu said in a statement.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration is “Doing our Fair Share to Restore the Earth.”

As such, Cimatu challenged the public to join efforts to combat climate change and environmental destruction, especially during the persisting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The DENR chief said that water and energy conservation, proper waste segregation, and leading eco-friendly lifestyle are among the various actions one can do from the comfort of their homes amid the restrictions caused by the pandemic. However, consistency is key.

“When done consistently, the seemingly small things we do for the environment all together actually creates a significant impact for the Earth’s healing,” noted Cimatu.

He added that, collectively, Filipinos can make a substantial impact in addressing climate change and other environmental issues.

“The [DENR] has been actively doing its part on reforestation, river and coastal cleanups, biodiversity conservation, and solid waste management, among many programs. May each of us also do our share in caring for our environment and planet in any way we can,” Cimatu said.

Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP), the DENR’s partner for the Earth Day celebration, has also recommended up to 30 environmental actions, such as composting food waste, buying local products, planting native trees, among many others.

Other tips are posted on EDNP’s social media pages.