Earthquake on Earth Day: DENR urges Pinoys to think of ways to save the planet
As the world celebrated the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, the largest civic observance in the world, a strong earthquake jolted some parts of Luzon yesterday.
A few hours before the earthquake, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu was already urging Filipinos to pause and reflect on the most pressing ecological problems facing the world today and think of what they can do to save the planet.
“We have an obligation to take care of this planet we all share and Earth Day is a great time to start thinking more about the environment and all the little things we can do to make the world a better place,” Cimatu said.
Over one billion people in more than 190 countries were expected to take part in the celebration of the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year’s theme is “Protect Our Species.”
Coincidentally, a strong earthquake shook some parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas yesterday, destroying roads, public infrastructure, retail establishments and some buildings.
According to Cimatu, protecting the environment is not the sole responsibility of the government because the general public, too, must also do their part.
“Being more environmentally conscious is the right thing to do. Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle could help create a sustainable planet and mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming,” Cimatu said.