Youth for the environment: Kabataan Party members paint the walls of the Los BaÃ±os Central Elementary School in Brgy. Timugan, Los BaÃ±os, Laguna. (Photo courtesy of Kabataan Party)
Youth in Los BaÃ±os, Laguna today used art to call for the young Filipinos to “cast a vote for the environment” in the May elections.
UP Los BaÃ±os Student Council officers and Kabataan Party-Los BaÃ±os chapter painted the walls of the Los BaÃ±os Central Elementary School in Brgy. Timugan to emphasize that the problem of environmental destruction should be one of the key election issues this year.
â€œWe support the call of environmentalist groups to cast a vote for the environment. The youth would inherit the earth and thus, protecting our environment means protecting our future,â€ said PJ Santos, local project coordinator of Kabataan Party.
He said the Los BaÃ±os youth “felt the urgency and immensity of the need to help protect the environment after experiencing the horrors Typhoon Milenyo brought to the town.”
Los BaÃ±os was among those worst hit by the Typhoon Milenyo last year. At least six were killed in Brgy. Bagong Silang, a community in Mt. Makiling.
USC-UPLB councilor Christine Macabetcha said environmental degradation does not seem to be a major issue for many candidates this year. “We want to make a statement that this is an issue the youth are concerned about,â€ she said.
Before the wall-painting activity, the youth held a forum in UPLB where the situation of the environment was discussed. –Tinig.com