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Life by Design

10/21/2008

Walk the Walk

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Text by: Carren Jao

Walk for a greener tomorrow with Haribon Foundation

BUDDHA once said, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Walking is literally a pedestrian affair, moving us from one venue to another. It is an act that many of us take for granted in the busy-ness of our lives. Yet, it is this act – arising purely from our willpower - that has the ability to send a powerful message of support for the world around us.

We have all heard of the expression of talking the talk and walking the walk, an adage highlighting the importance of acting on our principles. Today, the talk of going green has invaded the world’s consciousness; Major corporations, governments, and retailers are scrambling to include an environmental agenda in the hope of riding on this wave of environmentalism. Yet, large as they are, they are not the essential element to meaningful change – we are.

Global warming has become a pressing concern and Mother Nature’s plight has only worsened with the Earth’s ongoing deforestation. Each year, some 13 million hectares of the world's forests are still lost each year, according to the 2005 Global Forest Resources Assessment released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); this includes 6 million hectares of primary forests – forests that are considered to be the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. In the Philippines, around 3,412,000 hectares or one third of our forest cover has been lost between 1990 and 2005.

If a better, greener tomorrow is on our agenda, let us tie up our shoelaces and start walking to make a difference. This November 16, Haribon Foundation gives everyone a chance to walk the talk of going green by joining its annual Million Hectare Walk at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. The Million Hectare Walk is a pledge walk; sponsored by our friends, family, or loved ones, walkers are asked to complete laps for P75 each lap. Proceeds go towards restoring one million hectares of our rainforests by year 2020 in a nationwide movement called Rainforestation Organizations and ADvocates (ROAD) to 2020.
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The Million Hectare Walk 2008 will be held from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. Registration fees per walker are at P250 for kids and Haribon Members, and P300 for non-members. Registration is inclusive of a t-shirt and bag. Pledges start at P75.

For registration or additional inquiries, you may contact Haribon Foundation at:
Telephone: (02)-421-1213
Mobile: 0922-8151942.
Email: membership@haribon.org.ph and act@haribon.org.ph.
Website: http://www.haribon.org.ph/




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