La Mesa Ecopark: Green Thumb Coalition Bloggers Meet up!

La Mesa Ecopark:  Green Thumb Coalition Bloggers Meet up!
La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City Philippines

Green Thumb Coalition is extending their hand to community of bloggers on the first Bloggers Meet-up held on April 9, 2016 at La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City.

During the event, members of GTC, La Mesa Ecopark, Bantay Kalikasan and Greenpeace Philippines were discussed the status of Climate Change and Environmental Destruction in the country today for the last five years.  How it affects in the lives of every Filipino in terms of Health, Caring to Mother Earth, Sustainability and the results of Global Warming.

According to the report, "our country has already breached its full biological capacity, forest cover have tremendously reduced to around 23%, a number of rivers and lakes across the country is dying and the list of environmental demise goes on.  For a sizeable majority of Filipinos (63%) the recent calamities by the Philippines and other countries may be attributed to human-induced environmental destruction.  A recently released survey in July 2015 also shows that 72% of Filipinos say that they are “very concerned” about climate change."

So, GTC were already launched and this is on-going campaigns before its too late such as:

- 10 Millions signature petition for environment;
- Climate justice march;
-  700 KM climate walk, hunger strikes, caravans and 
- other forms of protest of nationwide 

Mr. Ivan Henares, a Professor and Guest Blogger,  "Ivan About Town" Travel, Heritage & Culture Blog

Mr. Ivan share his experiences about blogging on how it can influence the community.  As we all know, people nowadays are more engage and active, most of the time online.  So, some our time are working on the internet via social media sites, emails, or even reading news online.  As such,   this way we could help the organization to let our readers and followers know of what is exactly happening outside.

Ms. Norie Garcia, ALFKI Advocacy & Partnership Director

According to Ms. Norie on the other hand, As these campaigns gain headway, government and state actors responded through policy actions and crafted programs designed to address environment and climate problems in the country.   Green issues stirred debates and created rifts between and among departments and agencies.  Few politicians, incumbent and those who are running in this May 2016 elections have emerged with stand and views on environment and climate change concerns.  Some would have included green points in their electoral platform.  Just the same, all their statements are merely rhetorics.  The questions remains.  How committed are these politicians and candidates in adopting and more so in pursuing the Green Agenda?

Anchored on 8 thematic issues, the campaign aims to :

1.        Raise environmental and green issues as essential / basic / key to poverty alleviation, corruption, other major issues;
2.       Consolidate environmental groups and frontline communities as the main group pushing for the campaign;
3.        Enjoin the public to embrace the green electoral agenda which would be part of the basis for their voting;
4.       Get the commitment the national and local politicians running for post to embrace the green agenda; and
5.       Hold newly elected public officials accountable on their positions, commitments to the green agenda, and environmental mandates.

Bloggers were also invited to tour around the La Mesa Ecopark and these are what we've found.

It's like paradise inside the park :)

PICNIC Grounds for everyone

PLANTS for SALE! :) ..This is cool!

 To summarize the discussion of the program, Ms. Norie mentioned the GTC's commitment
 to work on the following:

                                       1)       Biodiversity and ecosystem integrity;
                                       2)      Natural resource and land use management and governance;
                                       3)      Human rights and integrity of creations;
                                       4)      Climate justice;
                                       5)      Mining, extractives and mineral resource management;
                                       6)      Energy transformation and democracy;
                                       7)      Sustainable food sovereignty;
                                       8)      People-centered sustainable developments; and
                                       9)      Waste management

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