Earth Island Institute Philippines expresses its support to the protest rally against the cutting and uprooting of trees in Baguio.
SM Baguio is determined to cut 43 and uproot 139 trees in Luneta Hill to pave way for the construction of its 7-storey commercial parking building. Said place is the only remaining green zone in the central business district of Baguio. In spite of this, the City Building and Architectures Office has already issued a permit for the project.
To cut and uproot trees is not only an issue of getting rid of trees for greedy expansion but destroying the whole ecosystem that depends on it as well. Recent tragedies brought by devastating natural calamities should remind us and the Philippine Government about protecting our environment --that their role is not only to respond to disaster and relief missions but to prevent those from happening.
Our trees and our natural resources are the true wealth of the people, not the fancy buildings and "progress" brought by commercialization. We could also say that trees are more dependable than our government... We should treasure and protect it.
CUT THE GREED! NOT THE GREENS!!!