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2005 Earth Day E-newsletter

15 Apr 2005
Dear Friend,
Have you ever danced in the rain? Climbed a tree? Walked barefoot on the grass? Felt bliss as a gentle breeze cooled your weary brow? Or have been overjoyed by smelling a bouquet of flowers? Have you ever visited the underwater world and marvelled at its enthralling mystery? Or scaled the mountain peaks, seeing the clouds from above?

These are only some of the simple joys of the naturalist ( which I identify with). Nature has truly given us so much, even if we hardly notice it. We city folk tend to forget that our basic necessities such as water, food supply, energy, shelter are sourced from our forests and seas. We have always needed nature's gifts. Now it is nature that needs us. Let's heed it's call for help by calling each other on to protect and nurture it.

"All things bright and beautiful, all things great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all."

Newsletter Editor
P.S. This April 22nd is the 35th Earth Day throughout the world! If you've got an Earth Day event to promote, register it at

In this issue
Firefly Tour Rides Again!
Y-Earth Convention
Samu't Sari 2005
Celebrate Earth Day!
Bird Kite Festival
Drink Up or Speak Up
Earth Month at Parks & Wildlife
Save the Mantas
Help Wanted: Tutors!
New Products from Papemelroti


Firefly Tour Rides Again
Get your bikes, costumes, sunblock, and smiles ready to go on April 17, 2005, Sunday as Firefliers ride again! This is the 7th year this citizen's action group has been advocating clean air by bicycling! Join the cause of thousands and who knows, we may bring back the fireflies sooner than we think!
Start/End Venue: College of Human Kinetics' Gym Parking Lot, UP Diliman - show up just for support if you don't bike! You can read up on the tour and download forms at

Y-Earth Convention - An environmental - leadership summit on sustainable development
The country's ecological crisis worsens day by day. It is urgent that we take action. Make your summer worth something, and join the Y-Earth Convention 2! This event aims to gather 50 brilliant and concerned individuals in a five-day conference to empower and transform them into even more active leaders for the environment. This year's theme focuses on sustainable development.

The summit will be a series of workshops, film showings, tours and talks to enlighten the students on environmental concerns and how you can make a difference. A fun and enjoyable overnight trip to Earthaven
is also included in the event. Earthaven is a sanctuary where there will be a lot of nature-related activities.

Where: Ateneo de Manila University and Earthaven
When: April 22 (Earth Day!) to April 26, 2005
Cost: 1,000 includes food, lodging and transportation within the metro
Please register online at
For inquiries, you may contact Kristine Garcellano at or 0917-5301273.
We are definitely looking forward to seeing you at the conference!
Please do register ASAP as we will be accepting participants on a first-come first-served basis.

Samu't-Sari 2005
Shopping the earth-friendly way is the wave of the future (and is actually essential for the survival of the human race!) Let's do our share and support this Eco-Market for Eco-friendly products bazaar scheduled this April 22-24, 2005, from 7AM to 5PM at the National Ecology Center, East Avenue, Quezon City (fronting Philippine Heart Center).

Features healthy/ organic food, arts and crafts, personal and home care products, pet care products, home decor, eco-books, and many more. The bazaar will also feature selected green practices and technologies.
For inquiries, please contact (02) 9254718 / 0918-4210729 (look for Abet/Nita) or 6555674 / 09174777749 (look for gene) or e-mail or

Celebrate Earthday!
Nature Awareness & Conservation Club, Inc. (NACCI) is inviting ALL to Celebrate Earthday on April 24, 2005 Sunday at Center for Ecozoic Living & Learning (CELL), Silang Cavite. CELL will facilitate Environment Awareness Workshop (fee: P120) , Organic Farming Practices, Environment & Creation, Earth Care Works, Water Recycling, Solar Energy, Zero Waste Management, Wild life conservation and more fun from 9am to 3pm.

For more information please contact: VIOLET C. IMPERIAL, Chairwoman/Board of Director for Environment Education, Nature Awareness & Conservation Club, Inc., 8061720 and 09194839250, /, (dont for get the "s" in com),

Bird Kite Festival with Haribon Foundation
Learn how to make a kite...
and more importantly, learn how to make it fly!

Join Haribon Foundation at the 1st Philippine Kite Festival on April 24, 2005, Sunday, 2pm onwards - Bird Kite Festival Day! Lot 2 - City Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (near the NBC Tent).

Come and join the fun! Bring your family and friends! The kids will surely enjoy! You'll get to learn more about the environment and acquire a new skill! Entrance is FREE! Some friendly advice: Put on some sunblock, wear a cap and rubber shoes and bring some water!

For more information, call the Haribon Foundation - Anya - (0927) 760-0092, Lemuel - (091 6) 767-7992.

*Important Note: The signature campaign "Boto Para Sa Inang Bayan" to save our forests is still underway. We are halfway to getting our goal - 1 million votes to stop logging and mining in our remaining natural forests. We need your help to get more votes. Click here to help.

Drink Up or Speak Up
An important message from WWF and Philippine Daily Inquirer - Our continued reliance on imported fossil fuels like coal and oil for energy is one of the largest reasons behind problems like global warming, air pollution, the rise in respiratory ailments, and the worsening condition of our water supplies. This dependence also leaves us economically vulnerable to the spiralling cost of coal and oil in the world market. And things will only get murkier unless we reduce our use of coal and oil and push for the increased use of renewable energy sources like geothermal , wind, biomass, hydro and solar. Speak up and let the government know you want clean energy. Text WWF YES to 2366 for Globe (P2.50/text) or log on to . Act now and help get the Renewable Energy Bill passed into law. Maybe then, the future won't be such a hard thing to swallow.

Earth Month at the Parks and Wildlife (Ninoy Aquino Parks)!
The Ninoy Aquino Wildlife Park (Quezon Avenue, Q.C.), together with MyZoo Foundation, will be presenting and hosting several events throughout the whole month of April 2005. Various activities such as on-the-spot drawing contests, a classical music concert, storytelling, encounters with animals, and a writing contest will be held every Saturday of April at the amphitheater area to promote environmental consciousness and responsibility amongst the foundation's corporate partners and the youth. The Phil. Eagle Foundation will have a booth there every Saturday of April where you can find friendly volunteers, free brochures, and Phil. Eagle merchandise like coloring books, story books, t-shirts, videos and stickers. See you there!

Save the Mantas!
Have you ever seen a Manta Ray? Well, yesterday I saw some Manta Rays' tails being sold at Evangelista St., Quiapo, Manila. The store vendor said it wards off "aswang" (Philippine folklore monster). How sad that this magnificent creature, known to roam our oceans in great numbers, now dwindle, ending up as meat and magic wands! Each animal has its integral part in our ecosystem and we must respect its place there. If you want to help, e-mail . For once, let not man be the "aswang" of the sea! (Christina, e-newsletter editor)

Help Wanted: Tutors!
He Cares Foundation Streetchildren Caring Center is reaching out to the poor children in Quezon City and Montalban. For their continuing pre-school and gradeschool tutorial program, they are in need of volunteers who could help teach and prepare the children to enter quality primary education.

If you are interested to join the mission, please contact Bro. Joe Dean Sola or Sister Ardis Sola
at 454-0985. Tutor Volunteers Orientation is held every Tuesday 6:30 PM at the He Cares Foundation Streetchildren Caring Center, 4-A Road 9, Cor. Road 1 Project 6, Quezon City.

Visit the He Cares Foundation website at or or
e-mail them at

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