One of the most effective ways of protecting and conserving the environment is thru education, to instil in young minds to be the custodian of planet Earth. Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues to build partnerships with the academe to intensify environmental awareness and responsibility among youth and young ones.

In line with this, the DENR CENRO Calaca in partnership with Dacanlao G. Agoncillo Elementary School in Calaca City, Batangas, conducted an Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign thru a symposium and actual demonstration and experience of environmental activities to about 300 pupils of Dacanlao Elementary School. The activity was part of their two-day Science Camp event with the theme โ€œEmphasizes the Significance of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Effortsโ€.

CENRO Information Officer, Forester Karen Sotomango served as resource speaker in the symposium on the role of young ones in Climate Change Action, where she shared her expertise and imparted knowledge to primary learners (Grades 1-3) of Dacanlao Elementary School. Primary learners also had a chance to visit and experience activities in the Provincial Nursery of DENR Batangas located in Lumbang na Matanda, Calaca City, Batangas. The visit was assisted by the staff of the Conservation and Development Section (CDS) and the Support Unit of CENRO Calaca. The pupils were engaged in planting, watering, and cultivating the soil of plants in the nursery. CENRO Calaca also provided 600 native tree seedlings to Dacanlao Elementary School for the tree planting activity of their Grade 4 to 6 students.

These activities are pursuant to the Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 52, s.2011: Strengthening Environmental Education in Public and Private Schools, DepEd Order No. 33, s. 2008: Responding to the threats of Climate Change and Global Warming Through Massive, Intensive, and sustained Tree- planting, Tree Growing, and Tree Caring Programs and the Enhanced National Greening Program of the DENR.

This IEC campaign aims to inform the young ones on how they can contribute to reducing their carbon footprint and promotes a lifetime commitment to inculcate to students their role in the protection, conservation, and rehabilitation of the environment for future generations.