LEGAZPI, ALBAY -- Filipino environment journalists gather here for a two-day observance of World Environment Day on June 5 to mark their first year of existence as a group.
Imelda Abanio, Business Mirror correspondent for Cordillera, and currently the president of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists or PNEJ said the group chose Albay to do the environment-day activities because this province has been considered the world model for climate change adaptation.
"It is considered as the natural laboratory of climate chang adaptation in the country," Abanio said, mentioning that Albay Gov. Joey Salceda is the world champeon in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for making Legazpi City and the province of Albay resiliet to climate change.
PNEJ and the provincial government of Albay will lead in mangrove tree-planting activities today in Bacacay town. Besides visiting a resettlement site in Barangay Tagaytay in Camalig, Albay, the group also had substantial discussions on issues and held the anniversary general meeting.
Below is the full PNEJ statement:
Affirming our commitment to the environment
By the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ)
World Environment Day, which we celebrate today, is special for the men and women of PNEJ. Today, we affirm our solidarity for all human beings and creatures whose lives are entertwined with that of nature and the environment.
Our environment encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally on Earth. This is where the interaction of all living species occur. Keeping the environment in a healthy, balanced state is the essential requirement for survival of all creatures in this planet.
Our environment is the focus of the advocacy of all environmental journalists. Its dynamics either guarantee or threaten our survival and sustenance. Nowhere does this mandate become more critical than now when we confront degradation of our natural resources, climate change, and disasters amid grinding poverty and social deprivation.
We are bound by our mandate and special role as communicators to help clarify issues, explain the effects of the dynamics of various interacting forces in the environment, provide answers to every pressing question, and help explore options in the positive resolution of issues.
Today, we remind ourselves of our sublime tasks, hoping that we will never be derailed in our commitment to preserve and protect Mother Nature and the environment. #