An Eco-Teen’s Blog: The Chosen Ones
By Johanna Alyssa Alarcon
Do you know Maila (played by Kathryn Bernardo) of the TV drama, La Luna Sangre? Do you remember the episode when she realized she was the “itinakda” or the destined one to save the world from vampires?
She felt so honored even if she is faced with a big duty.
That is how I feel being chosen as one of the Eco-Rangers that will help save the environment and our endangered wildlife!
It all started in August of last year when we were invited by the Haribon Foundation to join a learning activity about the environment. I remembered it was a happy morning because we got to receive freebies at the beginning of the activity including t-shirts, learning kits and flashcards about the Threatened Wildlife in the Philippines.
During the workshop, we formed four teams – “Power Scavengers”, “Dulungan-dungan”, “69 Socialist” and “Efour Rangers”. Our creativity was unleashed on the first activity. We were asked to draw about what we can do to help the forest. Each team brainstormed and shared about their colorful outputs to everyone.
After that, we learned about Ecology – the relationships and interactions among living organisms and their environment. We also discussed about Biodiversity and its importance.
We then went to a vocational school in the northern part of the province to learn about how to prepare seedlings for planting. We learned to use the bagging method to nurture native tree seedlings. For some of us, it was also our first time to ever hold an earthworm. It felt like the biggest achievement of our lives!
On Saturday evening, we had a memorable socials night where all the Eco-Rangers got to bond and know one another more.
Finally, the series of lectures ended with a project that aims to help conserve the Dulungan or the Rufous-headed Hornbill. We brainstormed, prepared and presented our creative ideas with commitment and dedication in our hearts to help the Dulungan, one of the most Critically Endangered hornbills in the world.
The hard work was all worth it. The whole experience was truly unforgettable!
For the youth out there, I say be an Eco-Ranger.
We are the chosen ones to help save the environment.