November ushers in the celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month by virtue of R.A. No. 9512 or the “Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008”. It aims to highlight the Philippines’ rich biodiversity, inculcate the appreciation and consciousness of nature to the youth, as well as tackle environmental issues that Filipinos continue to grapple with at present like pollution, degradation of resources, and climate change.

In line with this, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), a line agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region VI, will be spearheading an activity to drumbeat the celebration. 

Student-Leaders from different higher learning institutions in the region are expected to attend this year’s Youth Climate Congress on November 17, 2023. The event is also organized in celebration of the Climate Change Consciousness Week and Clean Air Month. It will endeavor to strengthen awareness about climate change, empower the youth to become advocates for action and sustainability, provide support for youth eco groups, and equip participants with effective communication skills using social media.

“It is best that we involve the youth in matters relating to protection and conservation of the environment. We innovate ways and means to help them understand and embrace their role. We can only promote sustainable development if we all work together,” said Atty. Ramar Niel Pascua, EMB 6 Regional Director.

Several sessions discussing climate-related topics and corresponding workshops about Communicating Climate Change through Social Media, Climate Change and Agriculture, and Climate Change and Air Pollution will be conducted.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran called on all sectors of society to contribute to supporting environmental initiatives saying, “We are all part of this mission to do the right thing for nature. Let us show our gratitude for all its blessings by protecting it.”

As the country continues to battle the ravages of violent storms and increasing droughts due to climate change, as well as the long-lasting effects of pollution and environmental degradation, it is imperative that the next generation will be inspired to lead and help avert disasters through meaningful change in their respective communities.

The celebration also serves as a reminder of our shared responsibility not just to care for what’s present, but to preserve nature’s bounty for the future. Small but sincere efforts can create ripples of progress in the fight for the environment!