Senatorial candidates urged to be ‘green advocates’
Civil society organizations including the Green Thumb Coalition (GTC) have encouraged senatorial candidates to align their platform with solutions to issues concerning dirty and costly energy, waste management, comprehensive land use, mining, climate justice, biodiversity, human rights, and sustainable development, collectively known as the Green Electoral Platform.
Candidates were specifically urged to veer away from waste, violence and embrace green platform.
GTC also called on candidates to commit to a zero-waste elections, urging them to produce less printed materials and other sources of trash, refrain from plastic banners/streamers, and utilize other means of avoiding waste in their campaign.
Equally important, they also called on candidates to exercise transparency and honesty.
“[GTC] believes that the candidates’ commitment to advance policies promoting the environment, sustainable development, and people’s welfare is reflected in the kind of campaign candidates are running,” said Paeng Lopez of Health Care Without Harm, head of the GTC electoral campaign.
“Apart from their promises, their campaign practices reveal their loyalty – or lack of loyalty – to our environment and our people,” he added.
For his part, Tony Dizon of Ecowaste Coalition pointed that, “Even before the elections, we are seeing many candidates and their supporters engage in wasteful campaign practices by using unsustainable materials like tarpaulins, and generating piles of campaign-related wastes during their sorties”.
“This is not a good sign that such candidates, once elected, will truly fulfill their responsibilities as good stewards of the environment,” Dizon said.