Green think-tank seeks end to health crisis

July 28, 2020

THE Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED), a sustainable think-tank, on Tuesday called on the government to reaffirm its directive to expedite the expansion of renewable energy in the country.

This as President Rodrigo Duterte, in his 5th Statement of the Nation Address, declared that the responsible use of natural resources is one of his ‘non-negotiables’.

“Air quality is a problem that is all the more pressing as our health care systems are overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases,” said Avril De Torres, Research, Policy, and Law Program Head of CEED.

The environmentalist noted that rehabilitation of highly commercialized areas are helpful for as long as measures to cushion impacts to livelihood of local communities are made.

“We are in a health crisis that, as recent scientific researches show, emerged largely due to environmentally abusive practices. And, if left unaddressed, spell an even dimmer future for Filipinos,” she said.