Monthly Archive:: September 2009

Green Groups Push for Zero Waste as Key Solution to Climate Change and Disaster Mitigation

Quezon City, Philippines. A global environmental health alliance has joined forces with a local citizens’ coalition in pushing the government to fully embrace Zero Waste as key component ofthe country’s strategy to mitigate climate change and disaster.

Massive Metro Floods: A Wake Up Call to Urban Litterbugs and Inept Officials

Quezon City. The massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby places following the landfall of tropical storm “Ondoy” near the boundary of Aurora and Quezon provinces this morning should serve as a “wake up call” to citizens

Legal Eagles Support Farmers’ Quest for Health and Justice as Public Pressure on PGMA to Ban Aerial Spraying of Pesticides Rises

Manila. Top-notch lawyers have joined hands with 21 farmers from Mindanao in seeking a ban on the aerial spraying of pesticides in giant commercial banana plantations that is adversely affecting the public health and the environment. The

STATEMENT OF THE ECOWASTE COALITION ON THE DEMISE OF TITA ODETTE ALCANTARA

“We mourn the untimely demise of Odette Alcantara, one of the most audacious and passionate defenders of Mother Earth, who died of aneurysm on 22 September 2009. Tita Odette, as she is fondly called, left a colorful

2010 Candidates Urged to Bare Environmental Plans and Solutions

Quezon City. A coalition of citizens’ groups dealing with pollution, climate and chemical safety issues exhorted all politicians eyeing the 2010 polls to inform and interact with the people about their environmental plans and solutions. The EcoWaste

EcoWaste Coalition pushes for tighter rules on toxic chemicals as plastic shoes show high levels of environmental toxins

Quezon City. An investigation on toxins in flip-flops, sandals, clogs and other plastic shoes in seven countries, including the Philippines, indicated disturbing concentrations of harmful chemicals that are injurious to human health and the environment. The study

Grassroots Citizens Hit Dumping in Sierra Madre

Quezon City. Grassroots citizens have banded together to halt the unchecked dumping of trash in the provinces along the Sierra Madre biodiversity corridor. Eighty participants from some 30 groups of the two-day “Save the Sierra Madre Summit”

Sen. Pimentel Condemns Aerial Spraying as Unconscionable Act as NTFAAS Urges PGMA to Take Action Now

Quezon City. Opposition leader Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. has called on the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to act decisively and ban aerial spraying in the interest of public health and welfare. In a text message

DA Sec. Yap vows to follow DOH action on aerial spray

Quezon City. Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap promised to follow whatever the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) on the banning of aerial spraying in the country. In a meeting with the Mamamayan Ayaw sa Aerial Spraying

Groups Give “Thumbs Up” to Non-Toxic and Climate-Friendly Industries

Quezon City. Civil society groups conveyed their unity to heightened efforts by the global community to promote strategies that will foster non-toxic, resource-efficient, climate-friendly and socially responsible businesses and industries. The EcoWaste Coalition and the Global Alliance