On April 22, the country will again join the global community in celebrating Earth Day under this year’s theme, “Invest in Our Planet.”

The theme encourages everyone to unite in partnership for the planet and invest their time, money, and effort into protecting the Earth and ensuring its sustainability.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas shares that investing in the planet could be done through simple actions like conserving water and energy, reducing waste, planting trees, using public transportation, eating locally sourced food, and adopting sustainable practices. It further reminds all sectors that all must take action against the climate crisis and invest in a green economy that will leave the world in a better state for future generations.

The Earth Day celebration was first started in 1970 when millions of Americans took to the streets to protest against the pollution of the environment. Since then, the celebrations have grown annually, becoming one of the most significant environmental observances in the world.

In the Philippines, April 22 of every year has been declared as the Philippines’ Earth Day under Presidential Proclamation 1481, signed on April 10, 2008, by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to raise the level of awareness on environmental degradation and destruction in the country that threatens the very quality of life of many Filipinos. Presidential Proclamation 1482 was also signed on the same date, declaring the whole month of April each year as the Month of the Planet Earth.

DENR Eastern Visayas shall conduct information, education, and communication activities across the region to mark these celebrations. It shall likewise launch through its FB page DENR Eastern Visayas, a digital poster-making contest dubbed KalikasART. ENR Ambassadors, youth groups, students, and volunteers will also participate in a tree-planting activity at Brgy. Paglaum, Tacloban City on April 22, 2023. (PR)