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Litter-free inauguration: a test for environmental citizenship

MANILA, June 28 — The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental network promoting clean, healthy and safe environment, on Monday made a last ditch effort to encourage people attending the June 30 inauguration in Luneta of President-elect Benigno S. Aquino III (P-Noy) not to litter.

“Our support for P-Noy should go beyond flashing the ‘Laban’ sign and wearing yellow shirts. We need to exercise environmental citizenship and strive to think and act green, now more than ever,” said Roy Alvarez, EcoWaste Coalition president.

Environmental citizenship, the EcoWaste Coalition explains, is an affirmation that the people are part and parcel of a larger ecosystem and that each and everyone has the obligation to preserve and protect the environment upon which the future of the society depends.

“We all need to take action on behalf of Mother Earth,” Alvarez said.

The auspicious inauguration of P-Noy this coming Wednesday provides a great opportunity for the people, especially among Noynoy’s campaign volunteers and supporters, to show off their environmental citizenship by keeping the historic Luneta clean.

Aside from not littering, citizens can lessen the climate impact of the inauguration by walking, cycling, carpooling or taking mass transport to Luneta to cut on vehicular emissions.

The tens of thousands of inaugural attendees, including the VIPs, should really consider carpooling to reduce air pollution as well as not to add to the anticipated traffic and parking woes, the EcoWaste Coalition stated.

By exercising environmental citizenship, the EcoWaste Coalition said, "we help P-Noy in realizing his avowed commitment to protect the environment during his six-year term of office."

Members of the EcoWaste Coalition will join government personnel and volunteers from other civic groups as well as schools in the post-inauguration cleanup in Luneta. (PNA)

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