Ways Filipinos can fight climate change

According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are three main causes of climate change. First, the increased use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas for electricity, transportation, and manufacturing. Next, deforestation. Living trees absorb and store carbon dioxide. Fewer trees mean rising carbon dioxide concentrations which result to greenhouse warming. Then, increasingly intensive agriculture emits greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide. Again, this results in greenhouse warming.

Sustainable practices to fight climate change

Telecommunications company Globe recognizes that environmental protection and preservation are the responsibility of all. Thus, it calls on the public to:

Donate old, non-working electronic gadgets through Globe’s E-waste Zero program

You may drop your e-waste items in more than 120 locations nationwide. This includes select Globe stores, participating malls, and offices of partner organizations. To see the full list of drop off points or request for free door-to-door pickups, go to Globe’s Sustainability website.

Prevent single-use plastics from entering the ocean

Bring reusables everywhere as this eliminates the need for plastic spoons, forks, straws, cups, and stirrers. Cloth bags may also be used when buying items. Properly segregating plastic waste also helps.

Globe’s ‘Wag Sa Single-Use Plastic (WasSUP) campaign stands against single-use plastics within its main corporate office. This program is in collaboration with Green Antz Builders Inc. wherein clean and dry plastics are shredded and brought to the latter’s facility in Arca South, Taguig for further processing and conversion to eco-bricks and eco pavers.

The program also advocates a zero-waste lifestyle and educates Globe employees on how avoidance of single-use plastics can protect the environment.

Decrease carbon footprint by supporting reforestation programs

It is still possible to support reforestation programs even from the safety of your homes.

Globe’s partnership with Hineleban Foundation and The Mead Foundation allows the public to help safeguard our forests through the use of Globe Rewards and GCash.

To date, a combined 159 hectares have been planted with pioneer species and indigenous tree species in Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, and Veti Iba, Zambales. As a result, 25,083.13 metric tons of C02 have been sequestered.

To donate to Hineleban, use the Globe Rewards app https://www.globe.com.ph/rewards.html#GRewardsApp and click the “DONATE” banner. Tap “HINELEBAN100” and press “REDEEM”. Every 100 Rewards points donation is equivalent to one tree.

To support the Mead Foundation, go to https://mead-foundation.org/trees/ and scan the QR code using the GCASH app. Every P100 donation is equivalent to 1 native tree planted.

Reduce your environmental footprint

Mobile technology plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating the need to travel. Shift to electronic billing to help reduce paper consumption and conserve natural resources.

For example, by automating and migrating to a paperless process, Globe was able to save over 781 tons of paper, equivalent to saving 18,753 trees in 2020.

You may use online financial platforms like GCash to send money to other GCash users, transfer money to a bank, save money, invest, pay bills, pay for food, goods, and other services all from the safety and comfort of your homes.

Telehealth services such as KonsultaMD also give you immediate and 24/7 access to a team of Filipino doctors without the need to go to the nearest medical facility. Konsulta MD’s hotline is 02-7798 8000.

New digital platform for environmental protection

Globe and WWF Philippines partnered to develop an innovative web-based and mobile platform dedicated to environmental education for students, the youth, teachers, and the general public.

The app will have multimedia content such as animated videos, films, stories, digital modules, quizzes, and puzzles, and other educational resources. It will have an environmental footprint calculator and calendar, and interactive educational games.

“Through this collaboration with WWF-Philippines, we hope to raise knowledge and awareness among the public on the significance of environmental conservation and sustainable practices that will help combat climate change, which is a global issue that Earth Day looks to address,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

“The intensity of our environmental problems coupled with the worsening effects of climate change underscores the need for all of us to come together, and the first step to being part of the solution is through awareness and education. Our actions, big and small, are important in ensuring a livable and healthy planet for future generations,” said Katherine Custodio, Executive Director, WWF-Philippines./

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