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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Basilan young science clubbers vow to help ease global warming

By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – It may be a huge task for pupils from two elementary schools in Basilan, but young science clubbers vow to contribute to ease global warming by employing simple but effective ways in protecting the environment: reducing, reusing, and recycling wastes.

This was the commitment made by pupils of Kaum Purnah Elementary School (KPES) and the Isabela East Central Elementary School (IECES) here during the Science Clubbers Camps held on Sept. 10 and 11, respectively.

The science club campers tackled the issue of global warming and climate change as the highlight of the schools’ observance of the science club month.

At the lecture-forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Basilan explained the cause of global warming and how humans greatly contributed to climate change.

Through video documentaries, clips and photos, the PIA walked the participants through deeper understanding of climate change and its impact on the people’s lives. Moreover, the PIA emphasized the positive effects of having a sound and balanced environment and ecosystem.

Evidently from their responses and feedback, the pupils have shown that they are aware of the causes as well as the impact of climate change on the communities.

“During bad weather, the wind blows stronger, thunderstorms become louder, and rains heavier these days,” a pupil observed.

Another pupil who lived along coastal areas also observed that sea level had risen and that stronger waves and sea surges occur more often in recent times.

The pupils have committed to protecting the environment by maintaining the cleanliness of their schools and campus grounds, helping their parents in cleaning their homes, disposing of wastes properly especially candy wrappers, avoiding junk foods, and helping plant trees and mangrove in their communities.

Around 400 pupils participated in IECES, while some 300 at KPES. This year’s science club month celebration is anchored on the theme: “MateREALIZE: Synthesizing ideas, refining Knowledge, Forging Science Clubbers as Agents of Innovation.”