Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Students pledge to mark Christmas, New Year sans firecrackers

At least over a thousand students committed themselves to celebrate Christmas and New Year without polluting the environment and damaging themselves with pyrotechnics.

Over 1,000 students of Kamuning Elementary School in Quezon City today performed an animated welcome of the new year by holding a noise barrage in their campus.

Led by Principal Salvacion Salve, the students generated sounds from noisemakers made from various items found at home.

After the noise barrage, the students made a pledge to celebrate the holidays "in a clean and safe manner that will not bring harm to themselves, to other beings or to the environment."

The activity was held as a re launch of environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition's "Iwas Paputoxic" drive.

The campaign, which is already on its fifth year, aims to persuade the people, particularly the youth, to refrain from blasting firecrackers during Christmas and New Year.

Among those present at the launch were representatives of the Department of Education, Department of Health and the Quezon City Public Library from the government sector, and the Alaga Lahat, Ang Nars, Citizens Organization Concerned with Advocating Philippine Environmental Sustainability, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Miss Earth Foundation, and Zero Waste Philippines from the civil society.


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