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Day of the Earth

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It wasn’t too long ago when Earth Day seemed like one of those things we marked more out of duty than out of urgency. It was a day when the “tree-huggers” came out to, well, hug trees, as the patronizing label suggested. Yesterday’s Earth Day had none of that. It was a day when the “life-clingers” or “planet-savers” came out to, well, cling to life or save the planet.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bishops and the environment

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Remarkable is an open letter published in Tuesday’s issue of this paper. It is signed by an impressive array of Catholic bishops, starting with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, and capped by his immediate predecessor, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Epiphany

That the Philippines is no slouch in terms of starkly beautiful destinations is hardly a secret, and the Inquirer’s “Getaway” series again proves it.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health

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On April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan, I attended a workshop offered by kindred souls concerned about the healing of Earth and its inhabitants. But more than just being concerned about our wounded planet, these persons are preoccupied with the enrichment of our earthly dwelling and our own human lives.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dead end

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The fires that razed 50 hectares of forests on Mt. Banahaw in Quezon Province late March have flickered out. Mindanao has less than 10 percent of forest cover left. Will a Bangsamoro regime reverse that skid, assuming the 11-step transition roadmap is completed?

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Blown away

That dynamite fishing is not yet a thing of the past was made abundantly clear by a recent report that rare and endangered sea creatures had been killed as a result of the practice. Last week, it was discovered that as many as 22 dwarf sperm whales and 21 dolphins had fallen victim to a fresh wave of dynamite fishing in the waters of the popular surfing destination of Siargao in Surigao.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Women make their move

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We don’t know who planned it, or even if it was planned at all. But we are seeing a timely, significant, and maybe even groundbreaking confluence of events this year and next year, which has at its heart the agreements and outcomes of an unprecedented series of international conferences in the 1990s and 2000s.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Human life over trees, utility posts

There have been been many protests published in the newspapers against tree-cutting because of the expansion of major highways in Tarlac and Pangasinan. And yet nobody seems to protest against Meralco and PLDT posts left lying on highways after a road expansion project is completed.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Laws that are made to be ignored or bent

This refers to the Feb. 21 editorial titled “Cover of darkness.” What is the national government doing about mining in the province of Cagayan? The Mining Industry Coordinating Council already recommended stopping mining activities in the country.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Thank you, Zero Waste champion Roy Alvarez

The officers, members and staff of the EcoWaste Coalition express sadness for the untimely departure of Roy Alvarez, our former president (2010-2012), whom we hold in high esteem for his animated commitment to the pursuit of Zero Waste, a vision of a restored ecological order where nothing is wasted dumped or burned. As Zero Waste champion, Roy traveled across the country to propagate the values of “waste not, dump not, burn not” in countless community and school gatherings and to spread respect and love for Mother Earth.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Love the environment as you love your lover

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Today, Valentine’s Day, love not only your spouse and/or your significant other but also the environment. Your life and happiness—and theirs, too—depend on it. You can change your significant other and even your spouse, but not the environment we all live in. We are all stuck with it.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wild Parañaque spot should be cleaned up

When one goes around Parañaque, one would surely notice “Ang bagong Parañaque” plastered on lanterns, billboards, etc. It gives one a sense of hope, a sense of something better to look forward to. But go to Baclaran, and one can readily see why it is a cause for disappointment, a failed promise. Vendors have transformed [...]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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