Young Filipinos told to join efforts to save biodiversity
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has called on the Filipino youth to take part in the concerted effort to protect the country’s rich biological resources against destruction and loss.
Cimatu said the young people, who constitute a large part of the country’s population, could play an active role in protecting and improving the environment for their own future and that of the succeeding generations.
“The youth must do their share in protecting our environment, as it is the lifeblood providing us food, shelter, clothing, medicine and other ecological services essential to our survival,” Cimatu said.
“No one will be forever in this Earth, but our actions as global citizens are indispensable in our battle to save the environment,” he added.
The symposium was the second leg of the ASEAN Biodiversity Forum, which featured ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes from Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
The first leg was held in Vietnam and the third and final leg will be held in Brunei Darussalam later this year.
The forum aims to further increase public awareness on the values and conservation of biodiversity. It also seeks to inspire people to take action for biodiversity by sharing with them the noteworthy stories of ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes and promote awareness of the value of biodiversity among various audiences in the region.