Earth Day is over, but it doesn’t mean that we’re done in doing our part to help save Mother Earth. Being aware and making a conscious effort to change your habits is one step toward a healthier planet.
Whether you consider yourself as a planet saver or just someone who cares about your community, there are tons of organizations that you can join to save the environment.
1. SBMA Ecology Center
Did you know that cigarette butts are the most common coastal trash in the world? Almost 2 million of these are found in the Earth’s shorelines in 2016. That’s why Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Ecology Center encourages everyone to pick up cigarette butts and sell it to them. They will be needing 20 to 60 kilograms of butts for a study they are currently conducting. Just bring it to the Ecology Center office at Regulatory Building Labitan St. Subic Bay Freeport Zone and they can buy it for P300/kilo.
2. The Plastic Solution
The Plastic Solution, a project founded by Circle Hostel’s Ziggie Gonzales aims to repurpose plastic bottles by stuffing them with non-biological waste like sachets, straws, and food wrappers. These stuffed bottles, also called as eco bricks, can be used as fillers in construction of walls. No need to worry about its durability, because once you use the bricks, it will not break or melt. Make your own eco-bricks and deliver them to the drop-off points at Circle Hostels in Baler, La Union, and Zambales, Makati, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, and Las Piñas.
3. Greenpeace Philippines
Joining an environmental organization is not only about donating recyclable materials and participating in clean up drives. Just like any other task, everyone must learn. Greenpeace, an independent global campaigning organization conducts seminars on how to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. Volunteers can participate to their campaigns about climate change, saying no to genetic engineering, and protecting the ocean.
4. Marine Conservation Philippines
Just like our lands, our waters are also suffering from too much garbage and litter. These can destroy the fragile coral reefs, which are home to many marine species. Marine Conservation Philippines, a non-profit organization based in Visayas, believes that with our help, the ocean can be 100% safe for our aquatic friends. You can help them by participating in different marine biology research, community outreach, and underwater cleanup.
5. Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel
Located at the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel is famous for their artsy rooms and hangout spots. But aside from all the fun nightlife and good food, the hotel management is also asking our help to protect La Union. They are encouraging every visitor to join the Flotsam and Jetsam team with their regular clean up drive.
Header image by Madel Crudo