“As we observe the Month of the Planet Earth, we encourage each one to contribute in their little ways any act that is directed towards restoring Mother Earth to its pristine, livable and healthy condition,” says Tirso P. Parian, Jr., OIC-Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8.

The observance of Earth Month this year carries the theme, “Doing our Fair Share to restore the Earth”. It is a general call for all to be mindful of pressing environmental issues that continue to hound planet Earth from climate change, water and air pollution, improper waste management, and many others. Unfortunately, most of these environmental issues can be traced back to human activities.

 With the continuing threat brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is all the more reason for all stakeholders to push for an individual as well as collective action to usher in the new normal. One where we are already enlightened of the adverse impact of an ecological imbalance and motivates each one into concerted action and changed lifestyles.

It is a challenge, not only for our leaders but for everyone to fully support and demonstrate a call to action for environmental protection. Collectively, there is no doubt that Mother Earth will be restored,” says Director Parian.

The DENR has lined up a series of activities for this month-long celebration which will be highlighted by the Earth Day celebration on April 22 as an international annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Some of these activities are teach-ins in selected communities, Restore our Earth Tiktok Challenge and Adopt-a-forest campaign with partner stakeholders.