BFF Flonica Imperial, BS Environmental Science, University of Science and Technology Southern Philippines
It is a big province to explore I once travelled and see the beauty I've never seen before Millions of trees can be seen outside the window of the car Noticed their beautiful sequence from a far After a long time, I travelled once again But I wasn’t able to see the beauty like it was back then As I started studying in college I gained environmental-related knowledge The population increases as well as the needs The products and services demand increases as well as businessman's greed There, I understand what happened to the beautiful sceneries It all turned into commercial buildings, houses, agricultural land and industries What happened to our very own province? Environmental deterioration happens Forest converted to agriculture, illegal logging ruins indigenous people's culture Climate change affecting biodiversity Losing habitat, changing patterns of their activity Also, urbanization becomes one of the reasons why our forests experience degradation Environmental problems cannot be reversed But surely effects can be mitigated Help coming from different environmental organizations There are protection, management, and conservations Reaching the community's participation To restore forests and to make eco-friendly innovations You and I can make better changes There is no limit when it comes to ages Planting native trees, saving endangered species Consume only what is needed, to let all species live longer on this planet Learn, understand, adapt and apply the knowledge We can help the environment if we have the courage Have you decided on the action you will make? Don't be afraid, don't hesitate Let's altogether make an action plan And make Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental forests sustainable in the long run So the next time I or we travel in the province we live in We can see the abundance of trees again --- Forest Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, its grantee, implemented the Best Friends of the Forest Movement (#BFFMovement) Online Fellowship Program to support young forest advocates in the country's most critical forest landscapes - Sierra Madre, Palawan, Samar and Leyte, and Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Through the program, students were given access to learning resources, mentorship opportunities, and platforms to showcase their passion projects. This published material is a passion project of our Best Friend of the Forest. The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of our Best Friend, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Forest Foundation Philippines and Edukasyon.ph. Furthermore, both Forest Foundation Philippines and Edukasyon.ph assume no liability or responsibility for any inaccurate or incomplete information presented in this material.