Come and join our EcoAction on August 10, 2018 as Earth Island Institute Philippines’ lead a coastal clean-up activity at the Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA)!
Re-posting an original article of the Global Greengrants Fund Website of one of our advocacy areas. Photos and words by Ramey Newell, donor and former staff member of GGF.
A year ago, I didn’t know much about the Philippines. I didn’t know that it is among the 10 most biologically diverse countries on the planet, or that metropolitan Manila is the 11th most populous metro area in the world. I couldn’t utter a word of any of the almost 180 native languages spoken throughout the archipelago.
Despite the stench of garbage, the mesmerizing view and the presence of varied species of birds lure the group several times a year to this place, known as the Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), a 175-hectare site that includes Freedom and Long Islands as well as mangroves, mudflats and various ecosystems.
Friends and advocates, we’re now preparing for this year’s coastal clean-up which we’ll be having on Freedom Island this coming September 13, 2014. Earth Island Institute Philippines is helping out Save the Bay and the Save Freedom Island Movement in reaching out to various individuals, groups, institutions who would like to join.
“Garbage, especially plastic, is destroying the livelihood of thousands of fisherfolk living in the coastal communities of Mega Manila. Meanwhile, reclamation, which is an irreversible project, poses a greater threat to the lives of these residents. Failure to restore Manila Bay, and the aggressive push for reclamation, would mean more misery and even death for the country’s poorest sector.”