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4 Sillimanians pledge to protect environment

By Stephanie Ria L. Colinco

TOGETHER WITH 24 student leaders from all over Negros Island, four Sillimanians made a commitment to actively engage in protecting the environment.

Mass communication students Yejin Hwang, Fearn Anne Acibo, and Val Amiel Vestil, together with philosophy student Ma. Novey Bartoces, took this pledge during the 3rd Binhi Youth Camp hosted by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Bartoces and Acibo, who represented the SU Student Government (SUSG), were the only delegates who were presented with a Best Essay award during the camp. Acibo was also named as EDC ambassador together with Hwang and Vestil.

Acibo, co-chairperson of the SUSG Environment Committee, said that she joined the camp to “see a broader picture of what it means to take good care of the environment.” “Environmental activism and

“Environmental activism and taking part in protecting Mother [Nature] are just some of the things I learned during the camp. The lessons have altered my pattern of thought. Now, as a youth, I want to share my knowledge about the environment to the younger generation,” Acibo said.

As an EDC ambassador, Vestil said that he can help spread “positive energy” by “negatively reinforcing the community with information that warns us that we are running out of time and Mother Nature will soon be unable to take the wrath of our human actions.”

“All we need to do is to make that decision of committing to save the commons for our children, their children, and generations thereafter,” Vestil added. The highlight of the camp was the tree-planting activity where seedlings of endemic species of trees were planted by the delegates.

The youth camp was held last Oct. 26-28.

*with notes from sunstar.com.ph~

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