Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (26 September 2016). In the observance with the National Ozone Protection Month, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) here calls and encourages the youth to help protect the ozone layer and fight against global warming and global climate change.
During a symposium on Ways to Mitigate Global Warming spearheaded by Purisima Diocesan School Science Club and attended by all its high school students, PENRO Surigao del Sur OIC, PENR Officer Jose Flavio V. Concha through his representative Information Officer Johny S. Natad called on all the students to help avert the impact of global warming and depletion of ozone layer.
“It is not enough for the youth, who are the future young scientists, to have equip with knowledge and wisdom but also have the will and consistent action to fight against global warming and global climate change,” said Mr. Natad adding that by simply planting trees, practicing best waste management, applying best practices in sustainable organic agriculture, saving energy utilization, supporting the use and adoption of alternative source of renewable energy, carpooling or reduce driving car used with fossil fuels, consuming more veggies locally harvested than processed meat are some easy ways to help reduce carbon footprints.
Explaining that the Science needed the focus on understanding, adaptation and preparation in mitigating the global warming and climate change, Natad encouraged youth the need to learn apply some old hard lessons on saving energy, walking, eating more veggies, and reaching out to the grassroots communities in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Natad revealed that DENR Secretary Gina Lopez wanted to facilitate and motivate the youth’s inspiration, dedication, and energy in the mobilization for environmental action.
“It is the desire of DENR to partner and muster the youth in environmental initiatives to include an endeavor to protect Ozone via symposium or forum,” Natad said, believing that the voices and actions of youth represent an international initiatives to help safeguard the ozone layer through the calls and advocacy to controls on production, consumption and use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) among others which deplete the ozone layer and are widely used in refrigerators, airconditioners, fire extinguishers, in dry cleaning, as solvents for cleaning, electronic equipment and as agricultural fumigants like.
The said symposium conducted at the Tago Municipal Gymnasium was also organized on September 1, 2016 in line with the celebration of National Science Club Month 2016 with theme “Agrinnovate: Revolutionizing Agricultural Outlook for Sustainable Growth”.
The National Ozone Protection Month is annually observed pursuant to Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force on January 1, 1989 and DepEd Memorandum No. 358, s. 2007. (JSN/ PENRO-SDS).