EcoWaste Coalition calls for ‘simple Christmas’
Coalition vice-president urged the Filipino people to celebrate Christmas in a manner, “Reminiscent of the spirit and simplicity of the first Christmas,” in solidarity with typhoon survivors.
A month after the devastation of super typhoon Haiyan that hit the Visayas, an environmental watchdog called on Filipinos to celebrate a simple and waste-free Christmas. The EcoWaste Coalition call was meant to express solidarity with those still coping with the tragedy in the Visayas.
Coalition vice-president Ochie Tolentino urged the Filipino people to celebrate Christmas in a manner, “Reminiscent of the spirit and simplicity of the first Christmas,” in solidarity with those affected by the typhoon.
Tolentino pointed out that by toning down seasonal revelries to bare essentials, “we avoid falling victims to frantic consumerism that has drowned out the genuine meaning of Christmas and literally wrapped our surrounding with trash.”
Coalition’s zero waste campaigner, Tin Vergara, explained that “the money saved from lavish gifts, extravagant festivities and wasteful fireworks can be used to help survivors to reconstruct their homes and rebuild their lives.”
“We’re not asking people to cast aside Christmas, but to adopt a ‘simplengpasko’ and find abundant joy in responding to the call for humanitarian help from disaster survivors,” Vergara said.
The coalition asked the public to scrap fireworks shows and divert the funds to aid grief-stricken families in reconstructing their houses and in dealing with their psychological and economic loses.
The ‘simplengpasko’ campaign of the coalition would require a conscious effort to cut down holiday expenses and reduce waste generation and rejoice instead in an austere and eco-sensitive celebration of Christmas.
Source: CBCP News