More Sunny in the Philippines

Topics: Philippines, Climate change, Greenhouse gas Pages: 3 (773 words) Published: January 12, 2014
More Sunny in the Philippines
“How an eco-friendly marketplace about saving the future
from climate change would give us more time having fun outdoors”

Amidst the brightly colored “save-the-earth” banners and tarpaulins, stacks of “go-green” pamphlets and fliers, organic dark chocolate with siling labuyo (wild chili), and local made matts, rugs and bags from scrap tailoring cloth and recycled Jack ‘n Jill Piattos foil wrappers, an enthusiastic representative from the Climate Change Exhibit and Marketplace was eager to talk about her homemade household cleansers. After enumerating and explaining the uses of her products, she took out a bottle of disinfecting solution and confidently drank its chemical contents. I anxiously asked her if she was fine after drinking the supposedly poisonous cleaning agent. She simply smiled and said that she was feeling great. She further explained in a fervent tone that all of her merchandise made of lemongrass was natural, very effective, one hundred percent non-toxic and environmentally safe to use. This was only one of the many innovative climate-friendly products, together with other climate change mitigation programs, that were showcased in the first-ever Climate Change Exhibit and Marketplace, which took place on the 26th of November 2013 at the DENR- EMB Grounds in Quezon City as part of their efforts in observance of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week. The exhibit was headed by Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, the acting director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). “Globally, the nation (Philippines) is not part of the large emitters of greenhouse gases and don’t contribute a lot to global warming”, the director explained. He also added “being a country always battered by typhoons and natural calamities each year, it is incumbent upon us (Filipinos) to make solutions (to these problems) so that we can show the whole world especially to the...
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