This year’s Environment Week, themed “Break free from single-use plastic,” was celebrated from November 12 to 19, 2018. Activities during the week-long celebration were, Masses for the Environment sponsored by the Campus Ministry Office of the different academic units, Plenary Session on the 7 Environmental Principles in partnership with the National Service Training Program (NSTP), a play entitled, “Ang Higanteng Haligi sa Hilaga” in partnership with the Forest Foundation Philippines (FFP), and the 2nd MC Conference on Zero-Waste, which was attended by representatives from the different academic units mostly students.
The 2nd MC Conference on Zero-Waste was a follow up to the 1st conference held last February where the institutional campaign on zero-waste was launched. The highlight of the 2nd conference was the presentation of good practices on zero-waste in the different academic units, which include ways to reduce food wastes, alternatives to single-use plastics, more efficient solid waste management, effective communication campaign in support of zero-waste, and recycling as business opportunity. It was proposed during the conference that an institutional policy on regulation and subsequent elimination of single-use plastics in campus be drafted and implemented.
The stage play,“Ang Higanteng Haligi sa Hilaga,” served as culminating activity focused on the value of forest preservation and protection. The play’s plot focused on two millennials who found themselves united in saving a kamagong tree from the hands of an unscrupulous logger.
It was also during the Environment Week when the second half of the training for the Sangguniang Kabataan of Quezon City entitled, “Environment, Governance, and the Youth” was completed.