Earth Day 2017 in La Union
Last April 22, 2017, various organizations and schools in San Juan, La Union joined the world in celebrating Earth Day. The day commenced with a beach cleanup along the coastlines of San Francisco, CSF and of Dalumpinas Oeste where the Turtle Guardians Hatchery is located.
Various talks, film screenings, live musical performances, and events that highlight the importance of caring for our environment were then held in Urbiztondo Garden.
Students from DMMMSU, SLC, BNHS, and LUNHS participated in the beach cleanup spearheded by LINK or the Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga sa Kalikasan. The bulk of their haul consisted of single-use plastics such as bottle caps, plastic bottles, plastic straws, sachets, wrappers, and other non-biodegradable trash such as styrofoam packs, diapers, and toxic cigarette butts.
Beach cleanups are a short-term solution. The long-term goal is to have an ordinance banning the use of single-use plastics across La Union.
Earth Day Talks
A series of environmentally themed talks followed suit at Urbiztondo Garden. Guest speakers included Patrick Andrada of CURMA, Desiree Villar of DMMMSU, Rafael Oca of The Circle Hostel, Lalah De Dios of Aquanimous Yoga, and Miku Ebueza of Miku Maus Crafts.
A film viewing of Before The Flood also provided a clearer picture of the alarming state of plastic pollution that we are in.
Earth Day Events
Nikki Ocean demonstrated live art by painting on a used surfboard while musical guests such as Inky De Dios, Bo Bismark, and the SIFCARE Choir performed live. The Circle Hostel led a seminar on ecobricks and a tree-planting seminar was conducted by FEED, Inc.
Ridge To Reef Market and Recycle Market
Local wahines put up stalls and pop-up shops that sold different snacks and cold beverages throughout the day. Kiosks were also occupied by LU-based start-up entrepreneurs such as Masa Bakery and Sorbetto Ice Cream.
She Sells By The Seashore is a garage sale that encourages secondhand love and the group behind it sold preloved bikinis, beach wear, handmade soaps, organic sunscreen, and more. Local jewelry brand Palamuti sold unique accessories and Inabel pouches, while Promdisea sold surf apparel and gear.
Thank you to everyone who made Earth Day 2017 a successful event! May we continue to work together to raise awareness and unify actions toward protecting the coastline of La Union.