We all witnessed the devastation brought on by the monsoon rain “Habagat”, the massive floods it has caused, houses that were wrecked and the hundreds that were rescued from rooftops of their homes and brought people to over-crowded schools and evacuation centers to camp-out for several days.
Part of the cause of these flooding are the relentless disposal of garbage in our rivers, creeks and lakes and with plastics being used to put in the wastes, these inevitably clog our drainage and water systems as seen by the tons of plastics and garbage that were washed away on shores from Manila Bay.
It has become obvious that the indiscriminate use of plastics is one major cause of flooding. Major steps are now being implemented to avoid the use of plastics. Local governments, cities and municipalities are now adopting ordinances to control the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials as a sustainable solution to garbage and flooding woes.
Pasay City one of the cities hardest hit by flooding has created a city ordinance (4647) for the non-usage of plastics. With this advocacy, they now are spreading awareness in staging a Fun Run dubbed “Run Against Plastics (Walang Plastikan) to be held on September 9, 2012 at the Mall of Asia grounds.
Details of the run are as follows:
– Second Wind Running Stores:
- Malingap Street, Quezon City
- Home Depot, Ortigas
- Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan
- A Runner’s Circle (ARC), Quirino Avenue corner Roxas Blvd.
- Pasay City Hall, Ground Level c/o Office of the Vice Mayor