AHFI Cares for the Environment
What is Global Warming? The American Science Dictionary defines global warming as an increase in the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere, especially a sustained increase, great enough to cause changes in global climate.
The present warming is generally attributed to an increase in the levels of greenhouse gasses, largely due to the effects of human industry and agriculture. Expected long term effects of global warming are rising sea levels, flooding, melting of polar ice caps and glaciers, fluctuations in temperature and precipitation, more frequent and stronger El Niños and La Niñas, drought, heat waves and forest fires.
In the Philippines, year 2011 has been forecasted to be a wet season and will experience La Nina that may cause flooding. During continuous rain showers, flash floods are experienced in some areas of Metro Manila because of clogging of esteros caused by non-biodegradable materials such as plastics, styrofoam or other synthetic materials.
At the AngHortaleza Foundation Inc. Social Development Center (SDC) in Valenzuela, the children enrolled in the Interactive Literacy Program (ILP) are taught about care for the environment, global warming and its effects. They are taught about the 4R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle and restore. They are trained to gather and collect plastic bottles from their homes or those that they see littered on the streets and put them into a bin at AHFI for proper disposal. As an incentive, the children earn points for every scrap material collected, that are then converted to school supplies which are given to them during the family day.