0 Zero Waste Youth Statement and Call to Action

We, 130 youth leaders from 22 local government units in the Philippines call for policy makers and decision makers from the government,  private sectors, and civil  society to: 

Ensure integration of environmental education in the school curriculum and work towards institutionalizing the same in both private and public schools.  Promote timely, accurate and comprehensive environmental education covering a wide array of topics and issues.
Utilize and maximize the role of social media in informing and educating the youth on relevant issues such as climate change, zero waste and waste-to-energy technologies. 

Push for policy reforms and lobby for relevant laws that will protect, conserve and preserve the environment.  Provide opportunities for the young people to be full partners in the policy dialogue, monitoring and evaluation, and decision-making processes. 

Ensure full implementation of Republic Act 9003 both in an official and individual capacity.  Start by practicing waste segregation at home and encouraging family members and friends to do the same.  Walk the talk and lead by example in any setting, whether at home, office, church, business establishment or any other institution.

Say no to dumping and burning.  Uphold the people’s right to clean air and good health and strongly reject any proposal or scheme using incineration or burying of residual waste, including those in the guise of waste-to-energy technologies.

Establish linkages and form youth groups that are working together toward a common and shared vision of a sustainable future.  Demonstrate crucial leadership and meaningful youth participation in the fight against environmental degradation and in addressing climate change.

Set Zero Waste Target. We call on local government units and the national government should officially adopt a Zero Waste target by 2020. As a short term gosl, LGUs should aim for  100% recovery of recyclable and organic wastes by 2015.

Declare and celebrate Zero Waste Day.
We urge local government units and the national government to officially adopt and declare July as the Zero Waste Month and every July 10 as the National Day of Remembrance for the Payatas tragedy that paved the way for the passing of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Approved and signed this 20th day of September 20, 2012, on the occasion of the Zero Waste Youth Conference, held in Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.

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