Climate Change primer launched

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Climate Change primer launched

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Singer and environmental activist Joey Ayala sang for Boholanos on Earth Day April 22 at the K of C Drive in time for the Saulog sa Kalikopan. (PIA)
Singer and environmental activist Joey Ayala sang for Boholanos on Earth Day April 22 at the K of C Drive in time for the Saulog sa Kalikopan. (PIA)

Civil society groups aligned with sustainable environment make public last Friday a document labor of love which could guide individuals, families, businesses and government on fighting back climate change.

It was one of the highlights in the celebration of International Earth Day.

The document, now to be called the Primer on Climate Change, is a production of an environment group called Bohol Nature Conservation Society (BONACONSO), and works on the premise that men are all intricately interconnected… to animals, plants, air, water, seas, soil, earth, and the ever-expanding universe.

The primer, which would be launched during a celebration concert by alternative artist and environmental advocate Joey Ayala, calls for building a critical mass of people who would be willing to change to make things better.

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“We have to redefine the idea of progress as environmental degradation is intimately connected to human degradation,” the primer’s prologue states.

Also on that day, BONACONSO is proud to initiate the events which are aid to be the first time when Earth Day celebration is being spearheaded, not by the usual government, but the private sector comprising civil society organizations (CSO).

Picking up Halad Pasalamat para sa Kalikopan (thanksgiving offering for the environment) as theme, BONACONSO, through president Pat Ruiz said while usual earth day events include shutting down of power plants for hours, Bohol is having its own line-up of events.

First event of the day, April 22, is a 5:30 Tai chi at the Key of C Promenade, which would be participated by environment advocates, health and lifestyle conscious individuals and interested public as well.

Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

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Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

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We need to get back the feel of the earth’s balance, regain the lost energies and be one with the environment, suggests a 60 plus member of BONACONSO, Flora Loquellano.

At 6:00, to give a statement of support to renewable energies and shunning from fossil fuels, Earth Day organizers bring in races for paddleboats for entertainment.

Sea gypsy paddlers, dragon boats and amateur paddlers take to the sea in a celebration of the water as among the key life elements, Loquellano added.

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While the crowd breaks for the day, an environment concert with alternative artist and nationalist Joey Ayala unfolds at the K of C Drive, and BONACONSO has also prepared numbers, Ruiz said.

It would be a night of memories, we will be offering healing and thanksgiving rituals as Joey Ayala performs environmental advocacy numbers, Ruiz said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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