Last October 25-26, 2014, SEED4COM held its 2ndEcoCamp: Island Warrior Trash Heroes Project in Gilutongan Island with the participation of different organizations like the Kindred Nomad Project, Quota International Cebu, Rotary Club – Mandaue East and Youth for a Better Earth with the support of PENRO Province of Cebu, open to anyone willing to join like groups of friends and individual volunteers to come together for their monthly coastal cleanup with the island locals.
The island of Gilutongan is known for its fish sanctuary and one of the nearby island that local and foreign travelers visit. This is the reason why the group has chosen it as their first community to help, making its tourism sustainable through environmental-friendly ways that the locals can make use of.
The campers have set up their site followed by a yoga session while witnessing the beautiful sunset by the beach facilitated by Yoga Sugbu. By evening, the campers have gathered around the bonfire to discuss the purpose of their visit to the island and what they aim for during and after their clean up movement. First-time volunteers learned enough, listening from the participating organizations which encouraged them to contribute in making the province clean, one community at a time.
Even on its 2nd EcoCamp in the island, the locals have not yet effectively practice proper waste disposal. There were trashes floating and dumped by the beach which only shows that the community has no system for their waste management even if it was just less than an hour trip to the mainland.
The group knew they can’t keep on coming back to help the locals clean their own island. So, part from helping the locals in cleaning the coastal area, the group also conducted a discussion about the importance of mangrove and sea grass planting and coastal management. Seaweed farming has just started on the island through the donation given by the Kindred Nomad Project as an initial help to the out of school youth who will pay the group back during the harvest season in April 2015 without any interest.
For the 3rd EcoCamp to be held on November 22-23, each family can have have their own family portrait taken by photographers in exchange of their bags of trash properly disposed.
The EcoCamp: Island Warrior Trash Heroes Project is in support of the Let’s Do It Philippines clean up movement.On November 27-30, different clean up movements and organizations for environmental causes from different countries across Asia will come together to discuss and share their own initiatives with each other during the 2nd Let’s Do It! Regional Conference for Asia in San Remigio Beach Club, Cebu.
The main objective of holding such conference is to come up with a unified plan of action addressing one of the major problems in Asia: illegal dumping of waste.After the super typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos are starting to recognize more the effects of climate change and its causes, the need for proper waste disposal and a more organized disaster risk management in the Philippines. By bringing the global network of Let’s Do It World to the country, SEED4Com, the main organizer of the said conference, aims to have a focus group discussion among environmental movers to find an effective and efficient way to resolve these challenges through creativity and innovation. This integrated approach through a global network will inspire more Filipinos to do an act of kindness towards our environment, hoping for a ripple effect across the nation.
For more details, you can check Let’s Do It Philippines on Facebook or you can visit www.seed4com.org.
Photos on this entry by: Roxanne Tamayo