Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition as part of the 2016 Environmental Summit or one of the highlights of Philippine Environment Month, held at SM Mega`s Trade Hall 1 & 2. It was a 4 day event that showcased the programs and projects aimed to reduce air, land, and water pollution, and the ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I have been to a lot of events by DENR as a reporter and this is one of the best the agency has ever come up with. Perhaps it is because most of the environment laws are in place, it all a matter proper execution and support the public.
Preserving the world we live in is not only the government, or the lawmakers or the law enforcers duty but the duty of each individual. This is the gist, I think of Senator Loren Legarda`s keynote speech during the opening of the event.
The Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines headed by the grand dame of Philippine Fashion Digna Rosales held a fashion show for the attendees at the opening featuring 10 designs using Indigenous Philippine Materials and 10 designs crafted from Recyclable Materials totally in line with the Solid Waste Management theme of the event.
Check out some of my favorite designs from the FDAP Runway Show below:
They also held forums and talks on both sides of the trade halls. Environmental advocates and educators discussed during the summit emerging technologies and new inventions to address and manage today’s important environmental concerns, specifically solid waste, water quality, air quality and hazardous waste and toxic substances. To address these concerns, “we need to build and strengthen mechanism of partnership and collaborations among government, LGUs, non-government organizations, business and industry, sectoral organizations and organized local communities and raise public awareness on the need to protect our environment, reduce emissions and manage waste at source, and adopt 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) towards mitigating global warming and climate change,” said by the EMB-National Capital Region Director Minda Osorio.
I wandered around the venue these are my favorite booths:
Beautiful Mural on “Combat Biodiversity Loss, Beat Climate Change” by students and was facilitated by renowned painter and marine conservation and climate change advocate Amado Guerrero Saño aka A.G. Saño.
I also got these awesome, easy to understand reading materials they are perfect for your children and if you are like me, it is much easier to understand because of the illustrations. you can check the detailed post here.
The theme of this year`s Exhibition was , “Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management.” This event was held in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units (LGUs).
We need to be responsible for the world we live it. If each person, each individual becomes conscious of the world we live in, maybe just maybe we have a livable planet for our future generations.
How about you? How can you make a difference?
Until next time!