G.R.E.E.N. Club

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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, February 27, 2014


THE University of the Cordilleras (UC) intensifies its campaign for environmental sustainability by reaching out to the grassroots sector.

This is through its new program dubbed Grass Roots Environmental Education Network or G.R.E.E.N. under the Project H.E.L.E.N community extension program of the university.

The launching of G.R.E.E.N. was one of the highlights of the activities presented by UC on February 16 at the Melvin Jones football ground as its way of expressing its full support in the celebration of the 19th Panagbenga Festival with the theme “Inspiring the Community for a Greener Tomorrow.”

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Dedicated green environment advocate Assistant Professor Jay Jay Manuel from the Natural Sciences Department of the College of Arts and Sciences said they would like to make the program accessible to everyone.
“We would like the people to be aware. We are reaching out to the lowest level of society,” Manuel added.

The program envisions itself as a leading education network of environmental champions and advocates. Its mission is to work collaboratively with all sectors of society through information, communication and education in raising awareness, encouraging action, motivating, and empowering people to protect and restore the environment, and advocating a better environment that uplifts the quality of life of present and future generations.

“UC has been an active academic institution when it comes to environmental protection. G.R.E.E.N. program is another milestone not only of UC but the whole of Baguio City community,” Manuel said.

One of the hundreds of people that gave their volunteer pledge of support and placing their green thumb mark at the commitment tree is University of Baguio Orgs of Student Association head Justin Samson.

“It is important that we start with education. We commit ourselves in educating the students and let them realize the importance of protecting the environment, Samson said.”

For their part, student volunteers Jasmine Ann Jacer’s pledge is to help revive and protect the nature and environment in her own little way by being a good example while her friend Ma. Christine Faye Kim’s pledge is to start the change within her by finding ways to conserve mother earth.
Baguio City Councilor Betty Lourdes also the joined the G.R.E.E.N. club and pledged to tell all the women to join in the advocacy for the protection of the environment.

UC Project H.E.L.E.N headed by Vice President for Administration Dr. Leonarda Aguinalde also intends to hold an environmental summit this month of April or March to further promote the G.R.E.E.N. program.

If all sectors will join forces then more efforts will be done for the protection of the environment. UC’s G.R.E.E.N. program is one avenue where everyone can be united towards one common goal towards achieving an environmental sustainability that will benefit the next generations to come. Let’s all join the G.R.E.E.N. Club!

For comments and topic suggestions please email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 28, 2014.

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