The Challenge of Transforming Advocacy into Action

The Challenge of Transforming Advocacy into Action

July 23, 2015

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Green Productivity. Green Purchasing. Green Philippines.

The mantra of the GP3 Movement goes beyond mere words to action when the Kalikasan GP3 Expo Conference happened last July 23 – 25 at the SMX Convention Center Taguig, SM Aura Bonifacio Global City.

Convening environmental and sustainability advocates and practitioners from a wide range of publics– government, professionals, businessmen, the youth, and the general public, it deemed the expo cum conference a success.

On its fourth staging this year, the KP3 Expo and Conference 2015 has provided a much appreciated twist to the advocacy of greening, thus effectively bringing an otherwise new global message of caring for the environment on a level that resonates down to the Filipino public’s very roots. By integrating the ancient Filipino values and traditions that define racial relationship with the land and one’s surroundings, the KP3 goal of graduating into a movement has taken shape and momentum.

Through a skillfully orchestrated menu of activities organized by the newest GP3 partner, the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), the recently held expo cum conference was able to further engage the Filipino’s inherently green propensity through a variety of sensory experiences– the visual arts through the “My Best Shot Contest,” gastronomic delights through the “Katutubong Lutuin Culinary Contest,” and intellectual creativity through the “Pinoy Greencentrics: Green Technology Invention Contest”.

The KKK Expo 2015 carried 50 exhibitors from varying categories of business activities, from green building construction and supply, green transport and energy, green technology and manufacturing of eco-products, and eco-tourism and travel. Included among the exhibitors are the Green Choice Philippines Seal of Approval holders namely: Amon Marketing Corporation, Holcim Philippines,Inc., Palmeco Philippines Inc., Plantex Solutions Manufacturing, Inc., Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc., and Cemex Philippines.

The Kalikasan GP3 Conference has served as an effective platform for the promotion of Sustainable Consumption and Production with the staging of three (3) track conference- the Green Business and Green Consumerism Conference, Green Tourism Conference, and the Green Building and Sustainable Construction Conference. Environmental champions and experts from Europe and Asia and local environment specialists shared knowledge and experience in building up resiliency to changing climate conditions and strategies for greening production processes, cleaning up technologies, and greening the supply chain.

– S.A. MABLE