Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What is Green Convergence?

Safe and adequate food is a basic for survival. A sustainable economy is an accepted mandate of government. A healthy environment is a must for safe food and a sustainable economy. However, not all Filipinos understand the interconnections of the above.

Safe food has the needed nutrients, is free of toxins and of substances that interfere with the processes of the human body. Safe food requires healthy soil that has the necessary minerals, organic matter and microorganisms that allow the biogeochemical transformations. It is also brought about by the technological, economic and political strategies that ensure fair and equitable access to resources for all.

Large scale mining, clear-cut logging and giant dams destroy or submerge the top soil of thousands of hectares. They also obliterate the vegetation that serves as carbon sink, adding to global warming. Agriculture dependent on chemicals, mono-cropping and genetic engineering introduces toxins, makes the soil infertile and disturbs the over-all ecology of soil. Infant milk formulas cannot deliver the total nourishment and protection that can only come from mother’s milk.

A country’s economic framework aims to continuously add to the nation’s coffers to ensure social services, safe food and a healthy environment. Programs like the National Minerals Plan that promote large scale mining, the agricultural modernization program that pushes genetically modified food, treaties like the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) that allow importation of toxic and hazardous waste from Japan – these not only endanger our people’s health and surroundings, but also effect negative net flow of financial resources from our country.

The GREEN CONVERGENCE for Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy (Green Convergence) includes organizations, coalitions, and networks that aim for a development paradigm that would address the need for social and economic upliftment, but at the same time preserve life-supporting water, air and land for generations to come. Its members are each working on broad themes or specific issues that either promote or are stumbling blocks to the attainment of its vision.

The GREEN CONVERGENCE includes many organizations and the following networks: Magkaisa Junk JPEPA (MJJ) Coalition, Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), No to GMOs Coalition, Anti-Laiban Campaign, EcoWaste Coalition, Philippine Federation for Environmental Concerns (FPEC), Environmental Education Network of the Philippines (EENP), and Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPICC) - Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP).

4 comments:

RJ said...
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RJ said...

hello. what is the email address of Green Convergence? i would like to connect the Franciscans with Green Convergence. >rj,ofm

Putri Pril said...
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Putri Pril said...

Actually, what is green convergence? What programs are running? And for what importation of toxic and hazardous waste?