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MMTC Celebrates Earth Day 2015

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 25/04/2015

(By: Sr. Rosemary Bacaltos, RGS - Baguio Community)

As in the past years, Mountain Maid Training Center’s Integral Development Program includes presentation about Earth Day to our MMTDFI staff and workers – student workers, out-of-school and mother workers. This year about 300 of the MMTC workers attended a short presentation on Earth Day, its beginnings as a movement in the U.S. to raise public consciousness and concern for living organisms, organizations, the environment and public health, deep concerns that Rachel Carson brought out in her book, Silent Spring, way back in 1962.

With the alarming rise in air and water pollution, oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, pushed for environmental protection into the national political agenda, and founded Earth Day. In 1990, Earth Day went global, and helped paved the way for the first UN Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

In the presentation, several factors were cited that contributed to the degradation and ravages inflicted on the environment that have created climate change and global warming. One of this is commercial meat – methane gas emitted by cows and other animals, consumption of more energy (16 times more than its vegetable equivalent), water (11,000 – 19,000 liters of water for every .45 kg of beef, 75 kg. CO2 from one hamburger), corn (25 tons of corn every hour, that could be fed to people), waste product (130 times the amount of waste that people produce – bubbling with chemicals and disease organisms that are poisoning rivers, killing fish and getting into human drinking water.

The presentation closed with this Food for Thought (from John Robbins’ book, Diet for a New America)

“If we violate nature’s law by eating food that is processed, cured, embalmed, chemicalized, radiated, genetically modified an devitalized, the result is an imbalance – DIS-EASE.” The other Food for Thought was shifting from animal-based, processed to plant-based food.

Earth Day observance at MMTC is connected to ongoing, sustained practices and activities such as tree-planting on June 24 Arbor Day, organic gardening in the compound with the use of vermicast from our vermiculture, the practice of 3 R’s – reduce, recycle, re-use.

Photos taken by Noime Kidange