April 19, 2021 – Following the success of the National Student Day, the 4th National Climate Change Conference, and the launching of the Climate Change Microsite, the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to play a significant role in raising awareness on pressing environmental issues and providing platforms where learners can showcase their commitment to environmental protection.

In partnership with DepEd Region IV-A and Schools Division Office (SDO) of Dasmariñas City, with support of the Public Affairs Service (PAS), the Bureau of Learner Support Services – Youth Formation Division (BLSS-YFD) and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) are set to conduct a 3-day interactive Earth Day Celebration, in coordination with the Climate Change Commission and its partners.

The first-ever Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, which marked the birth of the modern environmental movement and paved the way to the widely-recognized secular observance in the world today. Since then, it is celebrated by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and policy changes. (Read more: DepEd partners with CCC in celebration of Earth Day)

The event-organizing body, Earth Day Network (EDN), has announced the theme for this year, “Restore Our Earth”. Scientists, non-governmental organizations, and governments worldwide are now looking at natural system processes and emerging green technologies to restore the world’s ecosystems and forests, conserve and rebuild soils, improve farming practices, restore wildlife populations, and rid the world’s oceans of plastics.

Inspired by this and grounded on one of the Department’s core values, “Maka-Kalikasan,” the DepEd Earth Day celebration is guided by the theme “PINASiglang Mundo.”

The activities set for the virtual celebration include storytelling, creatives activities, panel discussions, and the launch of the KalikHasan! Likha at Lakas ng Kabataan para sa Kalikasan, which is a creative sourcebook on the use of theater for climate education and action. Resource speakers from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature Philippines, selected student leaders, and officials, and members of the DepEd Executive Committee will be gracing the event. (Read more: Highlight Sustainable Dining outlines the means to a more sustainable future for Earth Day Special)

The Deped Earth Day Celebration will be streamed online via the Facebook Pages of DepEd Philippines, DepEd Tayo – Youth Formation, and DepEd DRRMS.