Our oceans are closely connected and the health of Philippine seas affect sea-tizens all over the world.
To promote the protection of our seas, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) partnered with Human Nature for its S.O.S. Save Our Seas Coastival, held last 29 April in La Union.
The daylong event highlighted the need to be mindful of the products we buy, the advocacies we champion, plus the lessons we teach our children. WWF’s Environment Education (EE) unit taught kids about conserving dolphins, whale sharks and turtles, while reminding them of the need to rid our seas of trash.
“One of the joys of teaching is when kids realize that protecting the environment can be enjoyable. We hope their love for nature will translate to protecting our oceans, coasts and beaches,” says WWF-Philippines Environmental Education Officer Maye Padilla.
WWF also helped renowned artist and WWF Hero of the Environment AG Saño in etching a 180-meter long sand sculpture featuring a pawikan and the letters S.O.S. – signifying a call for help and a pledge to save our oceans by leaving no trace when at sea.
“We encourage everyone to spend more time with nature – but to throw no trash and minimize their impacts at sea,” adds Padilla.
Human Nature President Anna Meloto-Wilk reminds people that the smallest actions can make the biggest difference. “It’s as simple as choosing products which do no harm to the environment.”
“The sea is alive. It’s a source of life. We’re here to witness people coexisting with nature. We want to invite everyone to conserve nature by sharing solutions to Save Our Seas on social media,” adds La Union Soul Movement’s Tina Antonio.
WWF works with many allies to protect the world’s oceans. Learn more about the world's oceans here.
For further information:
Ms. Maye Padilla
Environmental Education Officer, WWF-Philippines
Ms. Gerlene Reyes
PR and Events Officer, WWF-Philippines