April 7, 2022

Change the Changes: The Future of Local Landscapes is in Your Hands

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.