Ecology and Environment

Toxic and wastes watchdog group urges consumers to promote reusable eco-friendly bags

QUEZON CITY, July 3 – In celebration of International Plastic Bag Free Day, BAN Toxics hosted an event in which they encouraged Filipino customers and vendors to abandon single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable and eco-friendly alternatives. The event…

EcoWaste Coalition Seeks Mayors’ Cooperation to End Trade of Perilous Cosmetics with Mercury

3 July 2022, Quezon City. In a bid to safeguard their constituents from health-damaging mercury exposures, the EcoWaste Coalition has reached out to the newly-installed local chief executives in 19 cities in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region.…

Global warming and future pandemics

A study published in the journal Nature says that animal migration due to rising global temperatures and habitat destruction will lead to a “network of new viruses” that could affect human health. As a possible mitigation plan, they urge governments…

Building the “trail of optimism” in Volos, Greece

Active Citizens of Volos, a grassroots initiative, made an open call on July 27th to all the citizens in the city of Volos to help build a hiking trail under the name “trail of optimism”. But what does the “trail…

CO2 Removal?

Last year, worldwide energy-related CO2 topped 36B tons. That’s a new world record. “Carbon dioxide removal is essential to achieve net-zero [greenhouse-gas emissions],” Diána Ürge-Vorsatz, vice-chair of the working group that produced the nearly 3,000-page UN climate panel report. (Source:…

Environmental group to President-elect Marcos: Prioritize environmental issues

JUNE 29, 2022 – BAN Toxics urged President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to prioritize ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment and take action for proper chemicals and waste management in time for his upcoming inauguration. “We call on President-elect Marcos to…

“Beautiful Resistance” in Palestine: Challenging occupation by forging inner peace

Our organization, Alrowwad, works with the Palestinian youth, and that has been our enduring mandate since we founded it in 1998. People often ask me, why, given the severity of the politics surrounding the Palestinian struggle, would we not aim…

109 Live Animals Found in Passengers’ Luggage at Bangkok

Last Monday, Thailand officers arrested two women at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport under the accusation of smuggling 109 wildlife animals. In a press release, Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation confirmed that the animals were found in two…

Civil Society Leaders Present “Green Wish List” for a Healthy Environment and Democracy

28 June 2022, Quezon City. Ahead of the Philippine presidential inauguration this coming Thursday, civil society leaders made a pitch for priority action points to ensure a healthy environment and democracy under the new administration. Through a “green wish list,”…

BT Patrollers: A new brand of volunteerism

In line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June, environmental watchdog group BAN Toxics revives its volunteer program through the launch of “BT Patrollers.” The Bantay Toxics Patrollers (BT Patrollers) is the new external arm of the…

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