THE City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago joined the world in a “Youth Climate Strike” over the weekend.
Initiated by the Mother Earth Foundation through the Zero Waste Youth Pilipinas headed by Jann Audrey Manalase, and in support of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, the “strike” was participated by students from schools across the capital city.
Holding placards in a 20-minute silent protest, the participants called for change, environmental awareness, and unity in saving mother earth.
They also offered prayers for the victims of natural calamities disaster.
Santiago, in calling for protection of the environment amid industrial development, reiterated the city government’s agenda on environmental preservation and solid waste management.
“We have always maintained that economic development must go on without sacrificing the environment and the health of Fernandinos. That is why we have our own climate change mitigation plan,” he said.
On involving the youth in the war versus climate change, Santiago stressed that the young and future generations of the city must already be aware of environmental issues.
“They are the future caretakers of the environment and they have always been part of our inclusive programs. As early as now, we are involving them in such awareness campaigns like this ‘climate strike’ so they will be responsible for environmental protection after our time,” concluded Santiago. (JTD)