In his message to the
youth participants, the governor stressed that evidences of changes on
climate due to the degradation of the environment not only in the
country but the whole planet are already obvious. “We need to preserve
our environment,” the governor said.
He further stressed
that the issue on climate change is encompassing as it affects
everyone from all walks of life. “This issue is close to my heart,
your heart and everybody’s heart as this affects us all,” he said.
The governor continued
that his administration did not just initiate the said forum for the
young people “not just to protect the environment but to secure the
future.” “If you don’t do something today, you might have no future to
look forward to,” Evardone said.
The congress, a
highlight of the 44th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Eastern
Samar, was attended by around 200 secondary and tertiary students from
different schools in the province. According to Dorinda Labro of
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO-Eastern
Samar), an environment advocate and one of the resource persons during
the youth gathering, the planet is running against time. “If there is
a time to act to fight climate change, is should be now,” Labro said.
Analiz Solis of
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAG-ASA)
main office, also a resource person of the said event, said that the
weather bureau has already recorded more frequent and bigger weather
disturbances. Temperature has already slowly increased as per record
compared to previous years.
authorities vary in their interpretation whether the change of climate
are results of the so-called global warming, the governor said that
everybody should get involve in preserving the environment.
“Your appointment will
be on voluntary basis but this will serve as an opportunity for you to
share your talent, time, resources and heart,” Gov. Evardone
challenged the newly appointed ambassadors.
Provincial Tourism Officer and facilitator of the said gathering, said
that while there’s no definite description yet as to the function of
the junior ambassadors, but what’s definite is they should serve as
advocates of the environment. “Even in little ways such as starting
discussions on climate change among their peers and being conscious
especially in garbage disposals can already be a meaningful
contribution as far their appointments are concerned,” Quitorio said.
The governor said that
the group will be an added force to the advocates from the media,
academe, Church, NGOs, GOs and Pos in the battle against climate
Student Council President of
said that her appointment as environment ambassador will give her the
chance to prove that even young people as her can do something for the
environment. “I should be a model to my fellow students and youth,”
she said. “With the availability of new technologies such as internet
and cellular phones, I’ll inform my friends to be more caring to our
planet so that we will still have a future to see,” Capada said.