Green superheroes Ben 10, The Green Lantern, and The Hulk are joining the Philippine election campaign.
No, 10-year old Ben the Omnitrix will not use his a mysterious alien weapon, Omnitrix, for either Team PNoy or United Nationalist Alliance senatorial candidates.
But who knows if Green Lantern would use the ring that grants him superpowers to fight those who threatens to upset the balance of power in the universe. Or if The Hulk would turn into a green, irradiated, mutated humanoid monster if he meets candidates coddling illegal loggers.
The participation of the emerald-attired superheroes in the election campaign is part of “Berde ka ba?” ---this year’s campaign theme of Greenpeace Philippines’ Green Electoral Initiative (GEI).
Coined from the rising fame of Pinoy rap culture of FlipTop, where contenders outfox each other through witty freestyle verses, “Berde ka ba” activities will include a public debate among senatorial candidates tentatively scheduled on April 24, 10 a.m., at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
“We plan to invite senatorial candidates who have environmental track records, or those who have anything to say regarding our 10-point legislative agenda survey that covers issues on chemical pollution and consumer safety, solid waste, sustainable agriculture and genetic engineering, climate change adaptation, oceans, mining,” said Therese Salvador, media team leader of Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines.
According to Salvador, the candidates will be asked questions related to these topics “from a distinguished panel, from the audience, and from social media queries.”
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Conducted during election year, the GEI was launched in 2007 by Greenpeace in partnership with EcoWaste Coaltion. This year, the GEI is being made possible through the partnership of Greenpeace, EcoWaste, and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives with the Ateneo School of Government.
“GEI aims to ensure that the right of Filipinos to ‘a balanced and healthful ecology’ is upheld and safeguarded,” Salvador explained.
Greenpeace Philippines mainly promotes and supports public engagements that raise debates on why Filipinos should be concerned about the environment – and why getting involved now is important.
“We hope that the dedication, passion, youthful energy, and creativity coupled with scientifically-sound arguments will serve as inspiration that would change behaviors of individuals, governments, business and communities in order to save what is left of this earth and allow her to heal,” Greenpeace said.
Greenpeace has been committed to defending the naturally blessed and bio-diverse environment of Southeast Asia since 1994.
Established in 2000 in the Philippines, Greenpeace has paved the way for the passage of The Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 (and other landmark environmental laws) that included an unprecedented national ban against garbage incineration.
The earth-friendly society also significantly contributed to the launch of the electric-powered jeepney (or eJeepney) project in 2007.
Greenpeace Philippines’ “avocado advocates” are currently working on putting an end to the use of dirty fossil fuels, like coal, which contributes to climate change in the country.
They also help save oceans and seas by continuously lobbying the government for a stronger enforcement of laws to protect the country’s marine environment.
The “olive warriors” of Greenpeace are tasked with helping eliminate cancer-causing chemicals from the Filipino’s daily lives, including those hidden in gadgets and everyday clothing.
Agriculture-wise, they also take part in fighting against the commercialization of genetically-modified organisms.
With a number of virtual means by which Filipinos can contribute to Greenpeace Philippines’ ecological campaigns, pledging donations and becoming a volunteer are just a couple of clicks away on their website.
The group makes social networking relevant through its “donate one tweet a day” program, where Twitter users can simply link their accounts to JustCause.org and automatic donations are made every time a message is posted.
Greenpeace Philippines also participates on a global scale, particularly to protect and rescue the Arctic region --- a threatened part of the Earth due to climate change, drilling explorations, and industrial fishing.
“Eyes on the Arctic,” the largest participatory art project in the world to date, employs hundreds of portraits, each “looking up and thinking about the magic and mystery of the far North,” to create a unique piece of art at the North Pole.
Also this month, the rangers of Greenpeace International will mount an epic trip to the North Pole, as part of its Arctic campaign.
Whether locally or globally, Greenpeace makes all ways possible for an individual to actively participate in saving the world – one green piece of action at a time.