DENR-7calls on every Filipino

27. dubna 2013 v 4:51 |  solar photovoltaic system
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has urged the public to be watchful of one's carbon footprint as the rise of carbon emissions in the atmosphere will set off a greater global warming and thus resulting to climate change.

DENR-7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo Montejo said that if there is anything that we need to do very seriously and urgently, it is to reduce our individual carbon footprint.

Montejo made this call in celebration of Earth Day with the theme "Earth Day: Everyday, Everywhere for Everyone" last April 22.

Carbon footprint refers to the totality of the impact or effect of all activities done by an organization, group or individual on the environment.

It covers all greenhouse gases that each individual or organization may emit in the atmosphere as a result of its activities.

Montejo cited the garbage problem which remains to be a serious environmental issue among the local government units (LGUs) due to the methane released from open dumpsites.

He said a little contribution for the environment is very much welcome by segregating wastes from the source or at the household level and for every office to have properly-marked trash bins for biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes.

Methane is produced by the rotting of garbage in dumpsites. It is 21 times more lethal than carbon dioxide.

Reports indicate that the carbon footprint of the Philippines is equal to 0.8 metric tons per capita or 0.3 of one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

While the country's contribution to the global gas emission may be very small compared with bigger or affluent countries, "this should not prevent us from adopting 'green' acts of either lowering or offsetting our carbon footprint," Montejo added.

"Reducing our energy consumption like turning off lights that are not in use, replacing all old fluorescent lamps with compressed fluorescent lamps (CFLs) which cut power consumption by up to 90 percent while getting the amount of brightness are some little acts of "green", he said.

Based on the 2008 "Philippines in Figures" published by the National Statistics Office (NSO), the most common appliances in the Filipino household are radio and television set.

Refrigerators, however, are the most "electric dependent" item in a household as it has to be plugged in 24/7. Air-conditioners, which have power ratings ranging from 400 to a whopping 3,500 watts, use also large amounts of energy. This household item is, however, not yet as a fixture in Filipino households as transistor radios, according to the 2008 NSO survey.

It could be recalled that then Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared April 22 as the "Philippines' Earth Day" through Presidential Proclamation No. 1481 amending Presidential Proclamation Nos. 553and 1276 making Earth Day a permanent environmental holiday in the Philippines.
 

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