Celebrate National Forest Day on June 11, 2016

One of the best summer memories I had growing up was when we spent a day at a family friend’s house which was located in an area where there were a lot of space for various outdoor activities such as picnics, hiking and even hours of running around with my brothers and cousins. We live in the city so we rarely have the chance to explore the outdoors. We would always ask our parents if we could go back there during summer but sadly though we never had the opportunity to go back there.

If you have been planning on spending most of your summer outdoors , then The National Get Outdoors Day is the perfect day to begin your outdoor summer adventure with your family and friends.
National Get Outdoors Day

As kids it was easy for us to spend time outdoors – to go barefoot in the grass, play in the mud, explore the wilderness. As we get older we find ourselves struggling to find the time to do the things we once loved. As adults, we may be caught up in our everyday hustle and bustle, but our kids deserve the opportunity to get out and experience the laughter and carefree fun that we once cherished.

Make the time! It is worth it – and nature is much closer than you might think. Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. DiscoverTheForest.org highlights urban forests and parks. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature.

While there are still many people living in rural areas, over 80% of Americans have chosen to move into metropolitan areas with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. But what many people may not realize – there are urban areas that offer many of the same benefits as their more rural counterpart, the national forests. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for the urban dweller.

National Get Outdoors Day

The Ad Council and the US Forest Service will be launching a campaign to motivate families to get out and explore the outdoors. Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day and we want to encourage everyone to make the time – get up and get outside!

National Get Outdoors Day will include a series of events offering traditional and nontraditional outdoor activities across the nation. Events may include special guests like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and free admissions to our national forests so families can experience activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and archery. Just use this simple interactive map tool to search for nearby activities. Or Visit the “Get Your Pass” section of www.everykidinapark.gov, complete an online activity, and download a personalized pass for free entry onto federal lands and waters locations.

Research has shown that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.

National Get Outdoors Day

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Engage your senses, spend some quality family time and expand your imagination with some fun outdoor activities. Share your family fun on Instagram using the hashtag #ForestFotog.

And to make things a little more exciting, starting Saturday, June 11th, and running for several weeks, Discover the Forest will post a creative photo of the forest and ask followers to replicate the photo with their family and participate using #Getoutdoors16. Who doesn’t love a great scavenger hunt?

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Sta. Rosa City Says “No To Plastic! ”

 

City Ordinance No. 1720-2011, or the City Environment Code,  was passed last year by the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Sta. Rosa.  The City Environment Code, the first of its kind in the province of Laguna, is an extensive compilation of rules and regulations that aim to effectively manage and improve the city’s environment. It has provisions for Land Resources Management, Water Resources Management, Air Quality and Noise Management and Energy Saving Practices, Integrated Waste Management and Institutional Mechanisms. One of its most important provisions is the prohibition of the sale and use of plastic bags and polystyrene or what is commonly known as Styrofoam.  According to Sections 61, 62 and 63 of the City Environment Code, business establishments are not allowed to provide plastic bags to their customers as a tool to carry or transport the goods that they have bought including dry goods and food products. There is also a prohibition in using polystyrene and other similar products as containers for foods, drinks and other goods that are being commercially sold. A ban is also enforced on the use of plastic flaglets, or ‘banderitas’, during fiestas and other similar occasions in the city and its barangays. Those who will be caught violating the city ordinance will either pay a fine or perform community service. 

To create awareness about City Ordinance No. 1720-2011, the “Ayoko ng Plastik!” campaign was launched last February 20, 2012. Spearheaded by City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas, a caravan was conducted in the city’s major malls and public markets where they not only gave away flyers and posters about the City Ordinance but also dozens of eco-friendly bags that residents can use whenever they shop.

I am really impressed by how residents and commercial establishments have responded to this new ordinance; paper bags are used instead of plastic bags and residents bring their own baskets or eco-friendly bags whenever they shop. Even the smaller business establishments are starting to comply with the ordinance.

We went to the supermarket the other day and instead of the usual plastic bags, they now have paper bags. 

We also bought some eco- friendly bags which are being sold for 10php each:

I just hope that the strict implementation of ordinances and laws that protect the environment will be observed all over the country. We do not need another major disaster for us to be reminded of how important caring for the environment is.

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