The local government of Quezon City hosted this year’s Earth Day Jam which was held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on April 28. Organizers of the event asked the participants to bring recyclable materials in exchange for some concert freebies. The collected recyclables were donated to Tzu Chi Foundation.
The local government of Quezon City played host to this year’s Earth Day Jam, the biggest annual environmental musical event in the Philippines and in the world. Held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on April 28, the free concert drew hundreds of young attendees.
The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission also presented a puppet show called ‘River Warrior’ to promote protection of rivers and waterways. Meanwhile, the art session featured a painting competition with topics on Clean Air, Clean Water, and Solid Waste.
All these activities are in line with Earth Day Jam’s goal of raising awareness on the present condition of our environment and influencing the public to take personal steps in reducing their carbon footprints.
“This is an eye-opening experience for the youth,” shared Aleah Mae Leonen, 21. “We spend most of our time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, which makes us forget our responsibility to Mother Nature. But today we realized the possible consequences of our actions.”
To teach the participants about recycling, the QC government asked them to bring recyclable materials in exchange for some concert freebies such as t-shirts, caps, among others.
Keendrick Andrade, 26, had spent almost a week collecting recyclable materials around their community to bring to the event. He also washed and cleaned the plastic bottles he had gathered. The practice taught him an important lesson: “The simple act of picking up our trash can make a big difference. We will be able to lessen the number of non-biodegradable trash littered in the streets that garbage pickers have somehow overlooked,” said Andrade.
The collected recyclables throughout the event were donated to Tzu Chi Foundation.
For almost 20 years, the Buddhist organization has been promoting recycling in the Philippines. With the proceeds from the sales of recyclable materials, the group is able to fund its charity works across the country.
“Tzu Chi will contribute a lot into this advocacy since we have this mindset that our trash is just junk. But through this event we will be able to show the people that our trash has value. It can still benefit others,” explained Jaril Mustapha, planning and research assistant of QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD).
By the end of the event, Tzu Chi collected 315 kilos of paper, 9 kilos of aluminum cans, 191 kilos of PET bottles, 2 ½ kilos of tin cans, and 20 kilos of assorted plastics.
“We are happy to see our youth making an effort to help the environment. We really pray for everyone to learn and practice recycling so that we will no longer suffer from floods,” said volunteer Cristina Fajardo.