Young Women Participate in Philippines Earth Day Forum
On April 26, 2009, SGI-Philippines young women held their first Earth Day Forum titled "Epekto ng Global Warming" at the SGI Philippines Culture Center in Manila. The event served to heighten awareness of current environmental challenges. The opening remarks included a brief history of Earth Day and described ways in which individuals can make a difference.
SGI-Philippines young women's representative Rio Otarra spoke about the Buddhist view of the environment, based on the writings of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, and emphasized the fundamental unity of life and its environment.
Marie Marciano, president of Mother Earth Foundation, spoke about the effects of global warming and discussed the relation between global warming and climate change and how people can make a difference.
[Adapted from an article in the May 2009 issue of Pag-asa, SGI-Philippines; photo courtesy SGI-Philippines]