by Helena LäksChoose a language:
15. September 2016, 16:00
What’s Up, Philippines?
This September nation-wide cleanups are held in the Philippines, Romania and Moldavia. Right now all the team leaders are super busy preparing for the cleanups, but still they managed to find time to answer some questions about their ongoing projects, motivations and more.
Let’s Do It! Philippines is having their 2nd nationwide clean-up on September 17 on the land and in the waters of the country. Their 2015 campaign documented at least 28,000 volunteers. This year special precautions need to be taken after the recent deadly bombing in Davao city. These precautions include working in small groups (maximum eight people), limiting all cleanups to home yards/ schools/ churches, etc. and not involving any minors. I managed to have a little Facebook chat with Dann Diez, Team Leader of Let’s Do It! Philippines, to find out a bit more about him, his team and the challenge at hand.
Your three essentials of a successful clean-up.
Pat on the back
How is your this year’s clean-up different from the previous one(s)?
This year we have the all out support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Department of Interior and Local Government and Local LGUs and grassroots communities. Sept 17 which falls on the international coastal cleanup day is also the National Cleanup Day to cover cleanups from reefs to ridges.
We established the LDI PH youth to get more young people engaged from schools and communities.
Planting of fruit bearing trees and mangroves are also promoted in the cleanup to provide carbon sinks to lessen effects on green house gas.
With the recent bombing and possible threat we are still doing the cleanup nationwide with precaution for the safety of volunteers and partners. There is no kickoff or gathering of all volunteers but to disperse them.
We will also have an open ocean swim led by our Let’s Do It! PH ambassador for the oceans Pinoy Aquaman Ingemar Macarine to swim 12 km for more than four hours from Mactan to Olanggo Island and skateboarders joining to promote cleaner and safer roads and fight against global warming.
Reports will be handled and collated by Denr Emb for consolidation.
Your recipe for getting back in the saddle when feeling tired, unmotivated and hopeless?
Just be with nature, the island, the mountain or travel to see that there are still great things or act of kindness around me.
How is your team preparing for the World Cleanup Day in 2018?
We are aiming for the #iam5million volunteers by 2018 and we are united for a clean and healthy planet manifested in our social media to get more partners and local leaders better than ourselves to widen our reach at the grassroot level.
We continue the eco camps and school caravans and in 2017 we will establish Let’s Do It! Kids – once you have them, the entire family jumps in.
Please share a feelgood song/ video from your country!
By Helena Läks, Let’s Do It! Newsletter team