Convergence seeks to reduce PH’s carbon footprint

ILOILO — Three organizations unite and collaborate to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint of the Philippines through the project Paglaum sa Botelya (PSB) or “Hope in a Bottle”.

PSB is an environmental-community project coined by JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang and Iloilo Gardenia Lions Club in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs and University Student Council of West Visayas State University.

The joint undertaking aims to introduce and educate the communities on urban gardening as an adaptation measure for climate change.

The reduction in the country’s carbon dioxide emission is the foreseen impact of the project years from now. At the same time, it also provides solution to food security and solid waste management in the city.

The country’s carbon dioxide emission was last valued at 90.78-million metric tons in 2013, according to BP Statistical Review of World Energy. It was 6.99 percent higher compared to 2012 calculation of 84.85-million metric tons.

“We must act on this. If the project will be successful and replicated nationwide, we can surely reduce our carbon footprint and build safer and resilient communities for future generations,” said Carol Salvatierra, incoming president of JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang.

JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang is an all-female chapter of the Junior Chamber International composed of young active citizens in Iloilo City who are in the fields of law, medicine, business, journalism, human resource and the like with a common goal to provide development opportunities that empower women and the youth to create positive change.

Thinking ‘Green’

According to Salvatierra, PSB is divided into five phases, namely, (1) forum on climate change, (2) bottle collection, (3) training on urban gardening, (4) massive planting and (5) marketing or product exposition.

PSB kicked off with a forum on climate change on November 20, 2015 at the WVSU Rehearsal Room with Atty. Danny Valenzuela, past president of Foundation for Philippine Environment, as resource person.

The forum provided a hundred student leaders of WVSU with awareness on the nature and effects of climate change to mankind, our planet and their future.

Valenzuela emphasized that the rising sea level caused by climate change, if not prevented, may imperil coastal communities like Iloilo City. He added that studies showed that Iloilo City may be inundated by year 2030 should sea level will rise up to 1 meter.

Salvatierra believed that through a comprehensive knowledge on climate change, the student leaders could develop a collective and conscious initiative towards rehabilitating and preserving Mother Earth. PSB is one of those initiatives.

The second phase of PSB on bottle collection, a competition among the colleges of WVSU, has started and will culminate on December 11, 2015. JAN



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