Happy Green Holidays From WWF

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This Holiday season, let less be more.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimates that humanity is currently using the resources of 1.6 planets, meaning many of its resources are no longer naturally replenished. With the global population expected to breach nine billion by 2050, we need to learn to minimize our consumption today!  

Celebrate a green or eco-friendly Christmas by recycling decor, opting for energy-efficient lights and heeding these 10 quick tips to help minimize humanity’s holiday carbon footprint. After all – a fun, simple and meaningful period of reflection is our best gift to the Earth. More


Trekking Mt. Kitanglad, Capping the Bukidnon Farm Experience

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SAM_2292Before I wrap up our Bukidnon Farm Tour with the final activity in our Bukidnon itinerary, let me recap my first 3-day Mindanao farm experience.
After landing in Laguindinang airport of Cagayan de Oro, we went straight to t13235513_10153755580477956_7505641769590644436_o (1)he Cervantes farm and enjoyed an organic feast of homegrown harvests while learning new insights and ideas from the enthusiastic farmer Honorio Cervantes. We proceeded to Alomah farm to spend the night in a cool, rural-type accomodation amidst the fresh chilly night air . . . forget airconditioning.

Our group had a chance to view the Delmonte plantation an13268055_10153758103052956_5578190313695357916_od take some souvenir photos on our 3-hour long trip to Jaya Secret Garden. Another feast of healthy lunch awaited us there which included home-made herbal beverages and home-harvested vegetable,fish and duck dishes. After filling our tummies, our mind was filled with information and new farm method discoveries.

Rebuilding Forests at Binahon Farm

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SAM_2176With the destruction of our forests caused by excessive logging and resulting in calamities like flooding, drought, and low food supply, it’s time to find a solution fast.  Who you gonna call?

SAM_2219You can call Binahon Agro Forestry Farm or BAFF for their expertise on Forest development. BAFF owners Henry Binahon and his wife have been long in the business to know the most efficient way to rebuild a forest. A mix of studies, experience, and common sense, these couple would be our country’s version of forest whisperers.

SAM_2232After spending lunch and an afternoon at Jaya Secret Garden, the group proceeded to Binahon Farm which was a bit of an uphill climb.  Our vans could only take us to a certain point before we had to trek a kilometer to our destination.  After we settled in with our luggage at our designated rooms, we SAM_2262proceeded to the meeting room for a briefing and a taste of their specialty carrot juice and carrot bread for snack.  We were welcomed by BAFF owners Henry and Perla Binahon who shared their love story and their dedication to agriculture development. More

A Secret to an Organic Lanscaped Garden Revealed

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Moving on to the third farm, we come across a smaller but beautifully landscaped 2,100 sq. meter farm where every space is maximized. The sloping land area was transformed into a beautiful garden of organic vegetables.SAM_1963

As we entered Jaya Secret Garden, we were welcomed by the owners Junah Bayag and his family with lunch: a meal of blue rice, fish, veggies, cucumber cooler, lemongrass juice, orange with chilli refresher—freshly harvested from the garden. Blue rice was made with a  flower called blue ternate, which has anti-ageing, energy-enhancing, fertility increasing properties.

During his daughter Jaya’s tour and his lecture, Farmer Junah constantly acknowledged his family’s contribution and support in developing this visually appealing, photogenic landscaped garden. Landscaping is their main income source, followed by catering, and the sale of their organic produce such as cabbages, lettuce, herbs, chilli, fish, and duck among others. Diversified backyard gardening he explains is a key element to his thriving place. More

Start the Year With Green In Mind

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Native Sapling by Gregg Yan & WWFPress Update:

Start the year right with these green New Year resolutions! Follow these simple tips shared by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) to give Planet Earth the gift of healing.

According to the Philippine solid waste management group, humanity generates over 10,000 million tons of solid waste each year – and only 12% of this is reused and recycled. Though a season of joy, the holidays also contribute to the planetary problem of solid
waste. So it’s time to clean up and green up this 2016.

Go for an organic lifestyle. Going green starts in the kitchen Organic food may be more expensive but these are free of fertilizers and pesticides which degrade groundwater and carry potential health risks. By purchasing organic produce, you are not only he
lping Mother Nature but also supporting our local farmers.

Use old shoe boxes. Reuse your old shoe boxes. Turn them into works of art. Boost your creativity by decorating boring old boxes and using these store items and organize your home

Start a green family tradition. Make your family participate in eco-conscious activities. You can easily think of simple activities like camping and tree planting where you and your family can work together to raise environmental awareness.

Sort your wardrobe. As the saying goes, what you don’t use is not really yours. Evaluate what is in your closets and set aside some pieces to share with others. This will not just spread a smile of happiness to others but also reduce waste generation.Bicycles by Gregg Yan

Walk or bike, it’s more fun. This New Year, try walking or taking your bike to go places. You’ll be saving money and reducing your carbon footprint while getting an excellent workout. What better way to start the New Year than by staying fit?

You can spread the holiday cheer and help support WWF-Philippines’ programs on biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and climate change solutions. Visit Facebook.com/WWF.Philippines to find more ways to help!


Turn Trash Into Something Beautiful and Useful

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112045345_10153301780192956_3426207632594903169_oUpcycling and Recycling is practical, economical, and a fulfilling. Why can’t more people see that?  Re-using and re-purposing items that you would  normally throw away is worth looking into, not only because it’s helping the environment but it also provides self satisfaction and a sense of achievement.  As part of their advocacy of caring for the environment, Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali embarked on an Upcycling Challenge project to find a solution for the non-biodegradable disposables that fill up our garbage trucks.  They specified plastic bottles, especially the soda bottles, among other plastic throw aways, to be re-designed and re-created into something useful worth more than it originally was worth.  Students, designers, professionals joined the challenge to create home products that must be useful to Amaia homeowners—an endeavor that was consistent with the development’s theme: “Living Re-Imagined.”

12188041_10153301825697956_7195395811333445563_oRicky Celis, Amaia Land Corp. president, said the upcycling contest is meant to encourage the public to creatively reduce waste by turning these into useful and aesthetically pleasing products.  “We are doing this to inspire our residents and future homeowners to contribute to preserving our environment.  We believe that even seemingly small ways such as these will have greater impact if everyone adopts the habit of upcycling waste materials into something useful again.”

Each team was provided transportation to the site and P3,000 for raw materials. All the participants were given 24 hours to create marketable and practical home products from scratch using plastic soft drink bottles. The 13 finalists in the Upcycling Challenge all produced highly creative designs and innovative upcycled household materials out of the plastic soft drink bottles such as lamps, chandelier, sofa bed, and tables, among others, which are all on display at Soledad 1, while their images are showcased on Amaia Land Corp.’s official Facebook page.

12187980_10153302256557956_8745766599266439642_oEmerging at the top of the podium, “Team DJE” composed of Danny John Kalinga, Jojean Aguilar, and Johnedel Edward Ogalesco made a floor lamp called “Bubble Coral” out of different sizes of plastic bottles. Coming in second with an upcycled chandelier are Danilo Perez, Charlie Cannal, and Louie Luena of “Team Bulahao” whose work is among the crowd’s favorite.

Meanwhile, Kia Del Rosario and Jose Masucol of “Kneutral Manila” bagged the third prize with an upcycled table and storage named “EpitoME.”

Amaia Marketing Head Anna Garcia-Ramos said during the awarding ceremonies last Sunday that the three teams stood out because their works are marketable. “We chose these three because of marketability and alignment with the brand Amaia. These upcycled materials are very simple, modern, contemporary, and, more importantly, in line with the brand’s character.”

The grand winner bagged P100,000 in cash and a glass trophy, while the first and second runners-up both received glass trophies and P50,000 and P25,000, respectively. Meanwhile, the upcycled material with the most number of likes on Facebook will receive a special prize.

The first-ever upcycling challenge was judged by Socialite-Philanthropist and Interior Designer Tessa Prieto-Valdes, acclaimed painter/poet and columnist Igan D’ Bayan, and Marketing Had Anna Garcia Ramos. Both impressed by the works of the winners, judges Prieto-Valdes and D’ Bayan showed interest on Team DJE’s Bubble Coral and Team Bulahao’s Chandelier, respectively.

Hoping the upcycling movement picks up steam and goes forward,

Ayala Land’s Nuvali, which spans 1,750 hectares, is an inspiring model of a green, sustainable eco-community. Built on the pillars of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, community development remains a primary objective of Nuvali in achieving this balance.

Nuvali, which is located in the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba, and is in the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, is part of the growth corridor of the Calabarzon region. Its campus-like environment integrates a community where residences, business, and recreation flow seamlessly.

WWF Targets Transportation, Agriculture, and Waste for Emission Reduction in PH

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The Bangui Windmills by Gregg Yan“We have one of the highest power rates in Asia, mostly because of inefficiencies in the power sector and our reliance on imported fossil fuels. With coal and oil prices rising from increased demand, we will pay even more in the coming years – unless we invest in indigenous Renewable Energy now,” explains WWF-Philippines Climate and Energy Programme Head Atty. Angela Ibay.

Identified sectors for emissions-reduction were transportation, agriculture and waste. A shift from landfill-based garbage disposal to full recycling systems will optimize waste elimination. Agricultural emissions from rice, corn and livestock cultivation must be reduced by increasing operational efficiency and shifting to organic agricultural practices. An efficient reforestation program that fosters inclusive growth for upland farmers and indigenous people should be implemented. Far-sighted policy direction must be applied to the transport sector – eliminating inefficient transport options and promoting hybrid or electric vehicles – vastly improving the air quality of Philippine cities.

Shifting to indigenous Renewable Energy (RE) options, veering away from fossil fuels and optimizing energy usage are the surest paths to a low-carbon future, reveals a new study commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The study recommends increasing investments in both RE and Energy Efficiency (EE), while decoupling the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels like coal and oil. The Philippines is a fossil fuel-poor country and is vulnerable to the volatility of international fossil fuel prices.

“All countries are vulnerable but developing countries have a greater sensitivity, with more people living in poverty and fewer resources to respond to climate disasters,” warns Chamling Rai, WWF International Senior Adviser for National Climate Change Adaptation Plans. “We need to put in place measures that will slow down warming and put us on a fair and just transition to a sustainable world. Ambitious emissions cuts now can reduce the risk of climate change in the second half of this century.”

WWF works to prevent global warming of over 2-degrees Celsius beyond pre-Industrial Revolution conditions. Earth has already heated up by about 1-degree in the last two centuries, with an expected jump of 0.8-degrees from atmospheric heat stored by the oceans. Beyond 4-degrees, up to 30% of all known plant and animal species will die – and intense storms, droughts and other climate effects will become nearly unmanageable for less-developed nations. Today, the three largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) are energy generation, transportation and agriculture.

As developing countries progress, their GHG contributions are expected to rise – and the Philippines is no exception. Though it currently contributes less than 0.35% of global GHG emissions, its share will spike due to economic and population growth coupled with rapid urbanization.

Building Momentum for Low Carbon Development is a WWF-led project which presents plans to synergize national development objectives with climate change mitigation strategies. The project presents a path for the Philippines to transition from a fossil-fuel dependent economy to one that uses 100% Renewable Energy (RE) by 2050.

“Climate change mitigation reducing country emissions is critical because Asian economies are in full swing,” says WWF-Philippines Project Manager Philline Donggay. Asia is presently the world’s fastest growing economic region and the largest continental economy by GDP. Globally, six in ten people live in Asia.

The study established a Philippine carbon emissions budget and matched it with current emissions trends. It was found that the budget shall be surpassed by 2020, the take-off point for WWF’s recommendation for a 100% RE-based economy. “This might be difficult but it is certainly possible,” says Juergen Lorenz, of the commissioned research team. “Technologies and practices already exist and an innovative strategy can be programmed into a timeline that determines the best path to full transition.”

WWF is now working with public and private institutions to promote the value of embarking on this low-carbon pathway and helping decision-makers contribute to concerted bottom-up and top-down efforts in terms of both policy and technological applications.

“Since fuel prices affect everything, two very different futures await Pinoys by 2050. Under a Business-As-Usual scenario, the average Filipino will be burdened by ever-growing prices of goods, services, fuel and electricity. Living conditions will plummet and basic commodity prices will soar,” warns Ibay. More powerful storms and floods will wreak havoc on agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, straining the nation’s ability to feed itself. An over-reliance on imports will create a cycle of dependence.

“Properly realized, the low-carbon pathway recommended in the study gifts Pinoys with affordable, limitless power – decoupling our reliance on imported fuel. This drives prices down while enhancing our future purchase power,” concludes Ibay. “Electric vehicles will finally ply the smog-free conduits of EDSA and C5. Most importantly, biodiversity shall be protected – providing all Pinoys with an ample supply of food, water, air and energy.”

In the 1970s, Filipinos had the foresight to invest in indigenous geothermal power, helping equalize energy generation costs. “Some of the biggest Renewable Energy investors are now the most globally-competitive economies, like China, the US, Germany and South Korea. We should follow their lead and use one of our country’s few competitive advantageous – our vast Renewable Energy resources,” adds Ibay.

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