The concept is quite new but it is also timely. Concepts like these are quite attractive to the youth’s ears. Especially that June is declared the Philippine Environment Month and that now, July has arrived to welcome the National Nutrition Month (What a coincidence, help the environment while getting fitness!).
I was supposed to join last year's 1st Run 2 Plant for GREENIN Philippines, but I was helping out spread the word on this through doing Advocacy IEC's (Information, Education - Campaign; and we were even granted participation in the 1st National Biodiversity and Environmental management Conference 2011 in USC-TC) in different Colleges and Universities here in Cebu (See post HERE). With that, this year, I was finally able to prepare and join the event.
Last June 30, 2012, RAFI and its partners implemented the Run 2 Plant 4 GREENIN Philippines (Generation, REdemption, and Expansion of Natural resources INitiatives in the Philippines, of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.) wherein participants from LGUs, NGOs, Private Institutions, and Students from various Universities.
|You Shall not pass! That was the 1st thing that happened arriving at around 5am in the morning and we waited for an hour or so already|
|The crowd is starting to swell, one can feel that it's starting to turn into a mob; people were frustrated, confused|
|It was like a scene of a crowd of refugees trying to get into a refugee camp; people who work for RAFI, students, teachers, even some government workers could not enter due to some 'POLICY ISSUES' at the gate|
|and so people power happened; a crowd of probably around 200-300+ vs. 2 gatekeepers ; a few people took the courage to go in with an entering vehicle and the rest of the crowd followed|
|and so the tributes have made their move past the gate ~ may the odds be ever in your favor!|
The GREENIN’ Philippines is anchored on the lessons and insights gained from years of undertaking sound and viable environmental interventions. It is designed to enhance and/or maintain environmental integrity by restoring biodiversity. It seeks to develop, protect, enhance and co-manage denuded forestlands, brushlands and degraded residual natural forests. The program is expected to have more partners that will share its vision of rehabilitating the environment through the use of native trees. Moreover, in the next three to five years, there will be forest patches created throughout the Philippines brought about the initiatives undertaken by its stakeholders and partners.
Run2Plant has been an on-going-yearly Cebu-wide initiative in commemoration of the World Environment day and in celebration of June as the Philippine month for the environment. This is hosted by RAFI’s GREENIN’ Philippines in collaboration with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources.
|Just as you are able to finish a slope, here comes another slope, and another and hey there's more! The almost never-ending stairway to heaven!|
|Have you heard of the saying 'Piso nalay kulang sa pliti padong sa langit'; yep I was thinking that, there were some crazy slopes and slopped turns wherein you had to like crawl but you were standing|
|I wanted to do a rocky moment, and scream while jumping for finishing the run..and then it hit me; I need water and it's not yet over, there's still some planting to do - WAAAA|
|Long lines in the mountain|
|Bayanihan in the mountain, or else you will fall - Buddy System|
|oh my glob you guys, more slopes - seriously, whatever slopes|
|looks near, wait, it is near but there are cliffs everywhere - planting in slopes and mountains is not easy!|
|I wish I took more photos of friends I encountered during the event but I was very busy breathing and trying not to kill my sapling and not fall|
|find or dig a hole - a DOST+DEPED group educated me to bring some personal tools next time-in which I totally agree|
|okay we are ready to plant - each participant was given 2 plants/saplings|
|remove the cover-put your plant into the whole and yehey, we are done! (Tools used, some fallen branches + Rock + hands for digging = Caveman mode activate)|
|that is just plain lazy! NOT LIKE THIS! we climbed and walk the same path with crazy slopes with heavy breaths and wobbly legs!|
|it's just sad that some students didn't understand or were not properly briefed as to the importance of what they were attending or doing; so let me educate you kiddies below.|
We should also be aware that there is a big difference between tree planting and tree growing; just planting a tree doesn’t ensure its survivability. Therefore, we need to do Pre-planting activities, Tree planting and then Post-Planting activities. We need to know that a lot is at stake to ensure that we plant at the right place, at the right time, with the right tree specie. Because most of us who join tree planting activities do not know what we are planting, we might be planting Mahogany seedlings because they’re easy to grow. But even so, Mahogany is an exotic kind of tree and it disrupts the environment. When it thrives, a native tree specie may be out competed and die but bear in mind also that tree is a source of food, shelter to different animal species which may also be affected and be wiped out as well. (Basic Biology + Asking Questions + Own research + common sense = the above explanation)
|oh you thought it was over? getting out of the planting site is another set of obstacles and challenges|
|we can now relax a bit, let the camwhoring begin|
|Priceless rewards of nature|
|assessing physical damage -cuts, scratches; i'm still in one piece and my sketchers running shoes survived the mountain|
|Fresh air, mountain dirt, early morning sun in your face and friends - it's a beautiful day :)|
|along the way, there were some who made a picnic in the middle of nowhere - NOW WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!|
|getting in was not easy so is getting out - finally found civilization|
|to my friends who climbed down making your travels a total of 10Km, with my staff in hand, I was fortunate enough to summon a habal2 driver to my aid and ended up zooming down the mountain :P until next time!|
About a decade ago, there were no watered bottles sold in a massive scale; so just imagine when doing a FUN RUN 50 years from now, we will perhaps be carrying Oxygen Tanks? In the greater scheme of things, we are not technically saving mother earth or doing these for our environment~ that is definitely a misunderstanding in our part; We are doing this to save ourselves, for even if we humans become extinct, nature will always repair or heal itself when our time has passed, so don’t just do it for nature, we owe it to ourselves for we have the capacity to save ourselves.