CAMP for EARTH in Ilocos

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Managing household waste

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We hope this will help you evaluate your garbage practices and devise a more efficient system of reducing, recycling and reusing.

Speak up: No to mining in Ilocos Norte!

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Sign the petition to save Palawan

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 I just signed the online petition to save Palawan’s forests from mining and you might want to sign as well.

You can sign it here: N0 2 MINING IN PALAWAN

National Geographic named Palawan as one of its top-20 destinations for 2011. It has 17 Key Biodiversity Areas and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are at risk from mining.

If we don’t do anything, the future for Palawan’s indigenous people and rare endemic species is bleak. Please sign the petition, then forward this email to some friends and ask them to do the same. We know the strength of People Power, now it’s time for Palawan Power!

From a bike commuter — Happy Eco New Year!

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… a quick 2-minute ride, peso savings, less greenhouse gas emiissions… and I feel better!

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Green Extremes: Master Planning to Neighborhood Developments (via bongbongm.com)

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Via bongbong.com

Speech of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
September 02 – 05, 2010
SMX, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Good Morning!
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Settlements and Urban Planning, I want to congratulate the organizers of this event…The Green Forum, Green Extremes: Master planning to neighborhood developments.

The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent and it is growing. Governments and private sectors must act and move boldly, swiftly and with harmony – because if we fail, we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.

Sixty (60) percent of the planet’s ecosystems are damaged; twenty (20) percent of the earth’s crust is degraded, we have been impassive witnesses to deforestation, land conversion, desertification, deterioration of fresh water systems, and overexploitation of marine resources, pollution and loss of biodiversity.

The overuse of land exceeds by thirty (30) percent the capacity to regenerate it. The planet is losing what the technicians call the ability to regulate itself; The planet is losing this, everyday more waste than can be processed is released. The survival of our species hammers in the consciousness of humanity.

This “Major, Major” – “Major, Major” problem of climate change can be, must be reversed!!!

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man!!!

Mankind has been slow to respond to or even recognize the magnitude of the climate hreat. It is true in our own country as well. We recognized that. And I am proud to say that this green forum has done a lot to promote solutions in order to minimize the effect of climate change through master planning to neighborhood development programs.

Climate change is the single most important issue of our time and the action plan put forward the challenge to biosphere reserves to be key learning site for sustainable development giving emphasis to the role of the stakeholder communities as active participants, the academe and the scientific community to provide information and the political leaders through good governance in an environment of cooperation and partnership.

Efforts on research and monitoring are focused on the trade-offs and achieving balance between human responsibility to maintain nature and conserve biodiversity on the other hand, and on the other hand, the need to use natural resources for enhancing social and economic well – being of people.

For myself, myself my greatest contribution in preserving nature is the implementation of our windmills projects during my term as governor of Ilocos Norte.

By establishing a windmill farm, the country’s first wind power plant, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, become the frontrunner in the promotion of clean energy and a leader in preserving and utilizing nature in a positive approach.

The 34.5megawatt windmill turbines came about when the country was experiencing blackouts way back in the 1990’s. We found out that we could use patches of land in the province where wind is strong, to build wind mills for power generation.

We began planning a wind farm because I wanted to free my constituency from dirty electricity — the kind that spikes and drops and destroy electronic equipments. The people of Ilocos did not want to buy appliances because the erratic power would destroy their equipment.

What the government needs to pursue is a consolidated policy on renewal or alternative energy to address power crisis and of course climate change.

We want effective global action. We want a new global agreement that can forge a truly comprehensive response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An agreement that is actually environmentally effective and economically fair.

Read the whole speech… Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Green Extremes: Master Planning to Neighborhood Developments.

Ilocano organic farmer Nestor Acosta’s green message

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Old-style farming is considered to be modern again. The growing environmental concern in relation to unnatural farming practices such as genetic modification and the use of artificial chemicals has led many farmers worldwide to revert to quaint agricultural practices.

54-year old Nestor Acosta, a native of the town of Bacarra and a farmer for 34 years now, has gone back to the basics in regard to his farming methods. The year 2000 was a turning point in his life as a farmer. The words of a certain public servant — “Agpaili koma ti saba, ngem tattan isumetten itti agpaaway. Awan kadin itti daga itti away? (Bananas should be sent to the city, but now they are sent to the countryside. Are there no more lands in the countryside?)” — were like thunder to him. He took the public servant’s words as a challenge. He worked up a plan, leased additional pieces of land, and went back to natural farming techniques.

He uses only chicken manure fertilizer in his 10-hectare veritable organic vegetable and fruit farm. Through integrated farming, he is able to yield more high quality, better tasting gourd, bittermelon, papaya and long green beans which he and his family sell at their vegetable stall in the Bacarra public market. To date, he has 230 cinta and red lady papaya trees. His younger guapple trees are nearing maturity.

Manong Nestor has earned several awards for his outstanding efforts in sustainable agriculture. Four years in a row, from 1990-1993, he was awarded an Outstanding Farmer in Region I. He is also a Gawad Saka awardee for converting a wasteland into a year-round green integrated farm. In 2008, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Foresty, and Natural Resources Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology (PCARRD-DOST) sent him to Korea for a study-visit. “I learned much from that visit. It was an exchange of organic farming ideas between the Philippines, which I represented, and Korea,” he said.

I asked him what are the usual problems he encounters and he said, “So far, none.” He humbly adds, “It is good business for the family.”

Young red lady papaya fruits

Quality sitaw or long green beans

Balayang banana tree. Balayang banana heart is excellent for Filipino kare-kare dish.

Gourd (also known as patola or kabatiti) and ampalaya leaves are Ilocano favorites

“The whole town of Bacarra, as well as the entire nation, should adopt organic farming practices for better health and longer life,” Manong Nestor said when I asked him what he wanted to tell his fellow Ilocano farmers.

Nestor Acosta, Brgy. 40 Buyon, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines 63-926-6157764
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