Filipinos urged to take local action to help Clean Up the World
Climate change has been described as the "defining challenge of our age" by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Roald Romualdez Arcangel, Chairman of Clean Up the Philippines Movement, Inc. today urged Filipinos to unite with communities around the world to help combat climate change.
Clean Up the Philippines Movement, Inc. urgently needs the Filipino people to help in cleaning up and preserving our environment as part of our involvement with the Clean Up the World global campaign. The world is already seeing the effects of climate change. In order to protect the environment we need to start taking action now.
"More than ever, our country needs the help of volunteers to improve our local area and be an important part of a global movement working to protect the environment for future generations. By uniting as a local community our local efforts can - and do - make a difference and together with those of communities around the globe the benefits are even greater.
"Improper disposal of waste materials continue to be of great concern to the community. We aim to clean up the Philippines," he continued.
Clean Up the Philippines campaign is generously supported by the Australian Embassy in Manila, The Podium/SM and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The campaign will form part of Clean Up the World, a year-round community-led environmental campaign that takes place in local communities involving an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries each year.
The campaign's flagship event is Clean Up the Philippines Day, a simultaneous nationwide volunteer clean up event held every third Saturday of September each year in support of Philippines' national clean up month and the international Clean Up the World Weekend (World Clean Up Day). Members and volunteers are encouraged to organize their own local clean up event and join millions of volunteers across the globe cleaning up their own part of the world.
Clean Up the World originated in Sydney, Australia in 1993 and is held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The campaign brings together non-government organizations, community groups, schools, governments, businesses and individuals to undertake activities to improve water quality, clean up local streets, parks, waterways and forest and educate children about the environment.