We'll be featured in an eco-travel show this Saturday at the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and The Filipino Channel (TFC) if you're abroad. This week's episode of Rubi On A Roadtrip will feature Earth Island Institute Philippines and our advocacy together with friends from the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Balyena.org, and the Large Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines.
On the eve of our team building's last day, Earth Island Institute Asia-Pacific tagged along with Dr. Alessandro Ponzo of the Large Marine Vertebrates Project - Philippines (LAMAVE) as we respond to stranding. Here's a video of Dr. Ponzo explaining what we discovered that evening.
We are re-posting Femke Dan Haas' blog about Earth Island Institute Asia-Pacific's #TeamBuilding2015. Femke's the one in the middle in the picture below, together with Indra Poernomo (left) and Asia-Pacific regional director Trixie Concepcion. Photos by Weng Castillo, Femke Dan Haas, and Karl Ramirez.
Earth Island Institute Asia-Pacific went to Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental to explore and experience first hand this community-organized marine sanctuary. With the help of marine scientists in Siliman University in 1982, the community established the sanctuary which soon became the model for joint scientist-fisherfolk and community run marine sanctuaries in other parts of the country.
Contrary to what Dumanjug mayor Nelson Garcia said during the recently held Tañon Strait forum, whale sharks and dolphins are not pests but in fact, they are the fisherfolk community’s best friends. They help ensure that local fishermen continue to have a bountiful catch by making Tañon Strait and the marine ecosystem in it healthy, making possible more fish and species of marine wildlife to thrive.
“Like it or not, the environment is going to be a big issue for us and our children. It just depends on where you are in the spectrum and advocacy for the environment and climate change.”
ANC's Rubi On A Roadtrip (ROAR) featuring Earth Island Institute's Trixie Concepcion as she talks about the advocacy of saving the Freedom Islands and the last mangrove frontier in the metro not just from garbage but most especially from reclamation projects too.
We strongly believe that these whales won’t have fun here in tropical Philippines. Please help us in calling on the Manila Ocean Park to withdraw its plan to import beluga whales into the country, and call on the respective government agencies to reject these applications.
The Earth Island Institute Philippines and the Save Freedom Island Movement has nominated the Las Piñas – Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPCHEA) to the World Wetlands Network’s Grey Globe Award. We would like to seek your help in voting and campaigning for it! We believe LLPCHEA deserves a Grey Globe Award. Vote for it and help us in the campaign! It takes only five easy steps to vote and can be done in five minutes or less.
Because it is his birthday, we're re-posting a mini-documentary that Earth Island Institute Philippines made during Ric O'Barry's brief, powerful, and inspiring trip to the Philippines. Sending our birthday greetings to a staunch advocate of freedom who never gets tired in fighting animal captivity. Happy 75th birthday Ric O'Barry!
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