Adopt a Spot in your Community

How would you like to turn an abandoned, weed-infested vacant lot into a mini-park or a community garden? Consider an Adopt-a-Spot Program! This is exactly how the Parkway Cascade in Oakland, CA is. A public lot that used to be heavily-grassy and lined with garbage is now gradually blossoming into a cascade park, thanks to the city’s Adopt-a-Spot Program.   Parkway…

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Going Organic, Going Green

Are you into organic products, specifically citronella lotion and sprays?  Have you ever wondered how they’re made? If they’re true to their claim, if there really are citronella extracts in every bottle — or are we just being duped — that chemicals are used instead? I’m doing my best to support green products so I buy if I can, although…

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Farmers on the Forefront

Last week I had a remarkable opportunity to visit the island of Mindanao. Since I am no longer a Peace Corps Volunteer, I am allowed to do dangerous things like ride motorcycles, climb the Mayon Volcano, and visit Mindanao under my own risk and without a crackdown from Washington. The island of Mindanao is known in most media circles as…

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National Ecosavers Program

Metro Manila students will soon be able to convert “trash” to cash or any other useful items. This is going to be possible under the National Ecosavers Program, a joint undertaking of the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA),…

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National Greening Program – Southern Leyte

When local government embeds sustainability, not only does it starts to care for the Environment, it becomes the catalyst for Change. Last July 15, 2011, the radical shift for the total stoppage of illegal quarrying of sand and gravel in one of our rivers (the Canturing river) signals true commitment for sustainable development. The impact for Decades of unregulated extraction…

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