September 16, 2020 at 06:33:15 AM
Faith-based groups, academic institutions and other civil society organizations from all over the country expressed their concerns about the government’s plan to allow waste incineration as a solution to manage our garbage problem.
During the virtual conference on Wednesday organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM-Pilipinas) and partner organizations, talked about the waste-to-energy law being pushed in Congress and asked for widespread education about the issue.
“Waste-to-energy incineration poses tremendous threat to ecological integrity because it weakens the ability of our ecosystem to support life. WTE is just a euphemism to waste incineration that produces climate relevant emissions and dangerous chemicals including dioxins and furans,” said Glenn Ymata of No Burn Pilipinas.
“The problem of waste is well accounted for in the Laudato Si, the encyclical letter of Pope Francis. Our concerted efforts should focus on preservation and conservation not on destroying things.In short, addressing the throw-away Culture,”said Fr. John Leydon, Chairman of GCCM-Pilipinas.
At the end of the virtual gathering, member organizations, community partners and allies of GCCM Pilipinas call for a wider effort on public information drive regarding the Waste to Energy from the perspective of papal encyclical Laudato Si.
To watch the webinar, please visit: https://bit.ly/3mapnyt
For more information, please contact:
GCCM Pilipinas Secretariat
Geri Matthew Carretero
Break Free From Plastic Philippines
About GCCM-Pilipinas– GCCM is a global, grass-roots movement of Catholics committed to living out the message of Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home.
About No Burn Pilipinas (NBP) – No Burn Pilipinas is an alliance of environmental, justice, climate, rights and health groups who are opposed to waste incineration, including thermal waste-to-energy, and are working to promote the Zero Waste approach to resource management. www.facebook.com/noburnpilipinas
About BFFP Philippines Project– The #breakfreefromplastic Philippines project is a collaboration of #breakfreefromplastic members EcoWaste Coalition, GAIA Asia Pacific, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Health Care Without Harm Southeast Asia and Mother Earth Foundation working towards a future free from plastic pollution.