The National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 states that the promotion of national awareness on the role of natural resources in economic growth and the importance of environmental conservation ecological balance towards sustained national development shall be done through environmental education.
According to the law, environmental education shall encompass environmental concepts and principles, environmental laws, the state of international and local environment, local environmental best practices, the threats of environmental degradation and its impact on human well-being, the responsibility of the citizenry to the environment and the value of conservation, protection and rehabilitation of natural resources and the environment in the context of sustainable development.
The law also calls for interagency and multi-sectoral effort to identify priority environmental education issues for national action and providing strategic advice on environmental education activities which to accelerate social progress.
The current pandemic reminds everyone of the urgency to lead a healthier, more sustainable, and more climate-friendly lifestyle. This can only be done if the government, private sectors, the academe, and the public will join forces in strengthening campaigns on environmental protection and climate change.
Moreover, every Filipino must have a strong will to follow science and campaign for an inclusive, sustainable development for all.