RedVolution: Youth leads campaign against single-use plastic

To help reduce single-use plastic consumption  in this tourist island, members of the Red  Cross Youth (RCY)-Boracay Malay Chapter  led a 21-day advocacy campaign dubbed as  “ReDVolution.”

As part of the campaign, which started on May 15 and  will end on June 12, 21 RCY members will have to  show one-act per dayon ways to reduce plastic useon  their social networking sites.Single-use plastic is any  plastic used once before being disposed or recycled  such as grocery bags, food wrappers, and bottles.

Rona Liza Inocencio, officer-in-charge of Philippine  Red Cross-Boracay Malay, said the campaign was  based on thetheory of American Doctor Maxwell  Maltz that it would require a minimum of about 21  days to form a habit.

“Caring for the environment should be a habit,” said  Inocencio, adding that plastic has become a threat to  the fragile environment of Boracay.

Elena Brugger, PRC-Boracay Malay Board of Director  and chairperson for RCY service, said the campaign  aims to enjoin the Boracay community to help in  environment protection.

Twelve-year old RCY member Kirsten Dawn Fabilane  said she is joining the REDvolution project for she  believes that the youth plays a big role in protecting  the environment. “Our young minds are capable of  generating infinite ideas that can help develop a  better environment for the next generation, all while  developing ourselves for our future,” said Fabilane.

RCY-Boracay Malay President Raven Palomar likewise  encouragesher fellow youth, especially students to  join the RedVolution advocacy. She said reducing the  usage of single-use plastic on a daily basis can create  significant impact on the environment.

Simple ways to reduce single-use plastic:

  • Refuse plastic straws in restaurants or secure your  own stainless straw
  • Always bring your own eco-bags when shopping
  • Use sacks instead of plastic garbage bags
  • Buy drinks in paper-box packaging instead of  plastic
  • Bring food container when buying take-out food
  • Bring own utensils when eating fast food
  • Make your own snacks than buying single packed  biscuits/junked foods
  • Always bring your own tumbler

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The Philippine Red Cross Boracay Malay Chapter  hosted the first Visayas-wide leadership training

activity in line with its Red Cross Youth program.

The 10-day Youth Instructor’s Training Course  held from May 20 to 30 was participated by  20 participants from Negros Island, Bohol, Cebu,  Iloilo and Boracay.

The activity aims to train volunteer youth leaders to  facilitate leadership development program courses  by building their knowledge, skills, attitude, and  appreciation towards teaching and collaborative  learning. The training also aimed to create an active  pool of RCY volunteer instructors from the region.

The highlight of the training is a field practicum  wherein participants served as trainers to other  youth in the island. Trainers from PRC Manila  and Davao served as instructors during the activity.

 

KAREN BERMEJO

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