Life is simple.
Give a little love and a lot comes back to you.
Throw a little garbage here, Mother Nature throws back the biggest fury you’ll ever know.
I ain’t kidding folks and I think you know that very well.
Just in case you have forgotten what Mother Nature is capable of doing, just remember one word; Yolanda.
We can all point fingers and blame someone.
In fact, after pointing our fingers to somebody else, we can all point it out back to ourselves.
I believe that humanity has been the major catalyst of climate change.
Instead of acting as stewards of God’s creations, humanity has brought destruction more than ever.
No wonder floods and typhoons have become deadlier.
With this in mind, is there something that humanity can do to stop his destructive ways?
Fortunately, the answer is yes.
Humanity can give an act of love and golden deed, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
Just imagine if every single person in your barangay would stop throwing garbage irresponsibly.
I bet the garbage that will be sent to the landfill will drastically decrease!
That’s where the advocacy of Let’s Do It Philippines would come in.
What is Let’s Do It Philippines?
LDI is a movement started by concerned citizens of Estonia back in 2008.
Their aim is to clean the world from solid waste that are illegally dumped.
The very first cleanup drive gathered 50,000 volunteers.
They were able to clean their country in just 5 hours.
Awesome, isn’t it?
Today, the advocacy has spread worldwide.
From a single country, the advocacy is now present in 112 countries, including the Philippines.
And guess what?
Let’s Do It Philippines has something very big in store for us this year.
Let’s Do It Philippines Organizes The Next Big Thing
On September 20, 2015, Let’s Do It Philippines aims to gather 5 million people from all over the country for a massive cleanup drive.
It’s a big goal and it can be done.
Deep in my heart, I believe that it will be successful.
How can #iam5million be made possible?
Let’s Do It Philippines Organized A Leadership And Training Seminar For Volunteers
LDI has determined that in order for their goal to succeed, they must train leaders in every region.
After training, the leaders are expected to make new leaders.
They can make all necessary actions to gather as many volunteers as possible.
Last January 9, 2015, volunteers from various parts of the Philippines were brought together at Terra Manna Beach And Camping Resort for a 3-Day Leadership Training and Seminar.
The training and seminar was organized with one thing in mind; to equip the leaders with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude for #iam5million and beyond.
Speakers were invited to share their expertise to the volunteers.
Roger Caldwell shared the humble beginnings of LDI and what he knew about solid waste management.
John Rey taught the participants on how to use Trello or Slack for communicating between other volunteers.
For the core volunteers of Let’s Do It Philippines, Slack is like Facebook chat on steroids.
I understood why they called it such.
Upon using Slack for the first time, it was like experiencing mIRC all over again, but it was more fun!
Enrique San Juan shared his knowledge about media or public relations and how important it is in promoting the advocacy.
Alieth Bontuyan showed us how to use the Let’s Do It! World app.
The app is essential in mapping the exact location of the trash.
The map can be used to organize a local cleanup drive or a much bigger one.
Erick Vasquez of Mexico emphasized the importance of practicing what you preach before even asking other people to join LDI.
You may have joined a lot of cleanup drives but if you have not practiced the act of segregating your waste at home, what an irony!
At least that’s what Vasquez was trying to point out.
Ludwig Federigan, World Wildlife Fund vice president for business operations, explained how fundraising can be done, since it is the lifeblood of any advocacy.
The 3-day training and seminar will commence with a cleanup drive in Kawasan Falls and Lambug Beach.
The participants would then head back to their communities and spread the cause.
What can you say about the #iam5million movement?
Does it excite you?
Help us spread this advocacy in your own little way.
You can help through social media by using the hashtag #LetsDoItPH and #100trashwarriors every time you post something related to the LDI advocacy.
If you want to empower your community but don’t know how, just contact the volunteer leaders in your region.
I’ll be posting the details very soon.
Help us make #iam5million happen.
YOU are a big part of this and this movement will not succeed without your help.
Share your thoughts on the comment section below and let me hear what you have in mind.