All the good intentions in the world are useless if there are no actions to back it up. We say save the environment, but we are doing nothing to actually help save it.
The problem with most activities is that once the people have finished the event, they don’t return to check the area if what they’ve done has actually helped or have done more harm than good. People do coastal cleanups but neglect to take into account the factors that contribute to the accumulation of garbage on the shore, whether through direct or indirect human factors.
Last weekend, the Davao Photographers Club was invited by the Katunggan Project to take part in their Mangrove Planting/Cleanup Activity at Padada, Davao del Sur. We saw how they managed their program, how important it is to educate themselves and the coastal community on the benefits of taking care of our life support system.
We saw how trash from other locations get carried by the tides and entangle the growing mangrove plants, oftentimes suffocating and killing them before they reach maturity. We saw the need for continued observation and education and involvement of the coastal communities as they are the ones who would benefit most from a thriving and healthy mangrove forest.
Seedlings ready for planting
Volunteers help remove garbage
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a brassiere.
Even fenced, garbage still manage to slip in.
We have to do our part in educating ourselves so that we can help educate others to do their part for the environment. We have to follow through, and not just clean and plant and just leave afterwards. It is our responsibility, to ourselves and to the future generations.