Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Let's Observe International Mother Earth Day, 22 April

Theme for 2017:  "Environmental and Climate Literacy".
Country life in Summer, mural by the author, depicting happy childhood with nature.    

UNITED NATIONS: International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.

The theme for 2017 is "Environmental and Climate Literacy".

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.

Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.
Wholesome ways of being environment friendly  
Add your own to these examples, and share with your friends, 
family, school, church and community.   
 On-the-spot painting (UST College of Fine Arts) 
Eat kamote tops, rich in minerals and vitamins. At home
 Visit botanical gardens.  Or initiate building one in your community. Author at the UST Botanical Garden. , UST
Visit farms and gardens. Bromeliads horticulture, Mt Banahaw, Quezon
 Visit a museum (UST Museum of Natural History) 
 Art workshop for children in the neighborhood, at author's residence. 
Attend workshops. Folk Wisdom for kids in the neighborhood, conducted by author at his residence in QC
 Family get together on weekends.
  Protect and preserve our native gene pool.  Native jackfruit in fruiting season, Agoo, LU
Promote natural or organic farming (Internet)
Visit and join festivals about Nature. Pahiyas festival, Lukban, Laguna, 15 May   
 Painting as a hobby.  Children fishing, painting by the author.
How do you beat summer?  Here's one way, kids in a bath tub, San Vicente, Ilocos Sur 
 Join the Green Revolution at home (Internet)

 Revive Bahay Kubo culture and values, IRRI Museum, UPLB Laguna 
Frolic - childhood's most memorable experience on the countryside, Bohol  
 Revive indigenous games (detail of mural, Philippine Children's Medical Center, Diliman, QC
 Yes, there's a home for every one. Kuya Center, home for street children, Cubao QC
 Adopt scientific sloping land farming (Internet)
 Promote Interfaith congress for peace and prosperity, UST circa 2005
 Have time to reflect. Meditation before a wall mural on nature painted by the author 
 Use biodegradable materials like walis tingting  (coconut midrib); a festival (Internet)
 Promote consumption of vegetables (typical vegetable stall); a recipe of kangkong. 
Help preserve historic century-old trees, Hi Chi Ming,City, Vietnam
Support alternative environment-friendly energy source. Author's sister and daughter, respectively  (Wind mills, Bangui, IN)
Breast feeding and proper weaning, Right, author's grand daughter and babysitter.  ~

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