QUEZON CITY, June 15 — As part of the celebration of World Environment Day 2018, The 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines, Inc., in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency, will hold a youth forum entitled “Climate Action Forum: Filipino Youth and Solutions to Plastic Pollution” on June 16, 2018, at the Philippine Information Agency Auditorium, Quezon City.
The whole-day event will gather leaders and experts from various sectors to talk about how we could address climate change and plastic pollution, and how we could promote environment protection and sustainability. Pertinent climate issues concerning our world today will be discussed with around 250 youth participants from all over the country. An advocacy fair will also be opened to the public showcasing efforts of at least 10 advocacy groups for the environment.
Every year, the world uses 500 billion plastic bags and 50% of which are single-use or disposable, based on the report by Plastic Oceans. More than 1 million bags are used every minute.
The Philippines, in 2015, ranked third biggest dumper of plastics in the ocean. It had generated 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage that year, 20% of which ended up in the ocean, according to 2015 report by Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.
As cities get bigger and as populations rise, issues such as improper waste disposal and over-reliance on disposable plastics are becoming much evident.
“It’s time we need to take climate actions, to rethink how we use plastics, and to explore other sustainable, easy-to-do practices, and it’s about time to empower our youth because they have the drive and willingness to help the environment, once informed,” Jayson Villagomez, Ambassador for Climate Action of 2030 Youth Force PH and project head of the forum, said.
The youth forum aims to serve as a platform for game-changing and lasting solutions to plastic pollution through increased awareness on the role of the Filipino youth in combating climate change.
The 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines, Inc.—a non-stock, non-profit organization—is a community of youth working collectively to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through collaborations and multi-sectoral engagements especially in the grassroots.
As a call to action to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, #BeatPlasticSolution is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated every June 05. (SDGs for Youth)
Source: PIA Feed