Environmental activists call on the Philippine government to ban all types of waste importation as thousands of tons of waste from South Korea are shipped back to its country of origin. (Photo courtesy of EcoWaste Coalition)
A Philippine church official called for greater efforts in environmental protection during the Feast of the Child Jesus, the country's biggest religious festival.
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu criticized those who destroy the environment, saying that a true believer in the Santo Nino (Child Jesus) loves the environment."We don't haphazardly throw our trash anywhere," said the prelate, adding that a true devotee cares about the wellbeing of everyone, including the environment.Celebrating Mass for the Feast of Santo Nino in Cebu, Archbishop Palma said protecting "our common home" is a Christian duty.He said protecting the environment should recognize the interests of future generations. "The blessings that we have received are not for us but for our children’s children," he said.
Reiterating his call to protect the environment, the prelate said that "the wealth of the earth and seas aren’t just for us. They are for our children and their children."