Text and photos by: Bombette G. Marin
GIGANTE Norte of Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo will celebrate Earthfest on April 20-22, 2017.
Hinged to the Earth Day 2017 theme “Environmental and Climate Literacy,” Earthfest is a project of the University of the Philippines Visayas Foundation Inc. (UPVFI), the Philippine Life Saving (PLS), the Island Sustainable Development Alliance (ISDA), and the people of Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo.
Climate change information is everywhere. We often hear the term “global warming” in the media; we see images and hear opinions on the matter from people around us. Because of this, many ask and would want to know what it means.
Climate change is happening now. Our world is warming and extreme weather events are becoming more severe and frequent. These changes have already resulted in a wide range of impacts in every country. Its impacts are felt in human health, the food that we eat and agriculture, the water we drink and its supply, in our ecosystems, and others—and are expected to become increasingly disruptive.
As the impacts of climate change become more prevalent, we are faced with decisions on how to plan and respond to it.
Earthfest aims at creating environmental and climate literate citizens and prepares them to be ready to take action and be a voice for change. Using a literacy-based approach will provide a sound foundation to build learners’ understanding of it. It will present important information for individuals and the community to understand our climate, impacts of climate change, and ways or approaches for adapting and mitigating change.
Earthfest will help build the foundation for climate-literacy among the people and community in Gigante Norte by becoming climate literate themselves, understanding concepts and provide opportunities for them to make a change in the communities around them.
A series of workshops will be conducted to champion experiences in environment and connection with nature through different kinds of arts as conveyances to environmental conservation and protection. This include Basic Photography, Song Writing, Body Painting, Art for Kids, Terra Cota, Mosaic Art, Mudhouse Basking and Organic Farming. Artists from Maharlika Artists and Writers Federation (MAWF) will facilitate these Earthfest offerings.
Carles is the last town north of the province of Iloilo. It is 147.6 kilometers away or a 3-hour bus ride from Northern Iloilo Public Transport Terminal and the new Ceres Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo City. It is politically subdivided into 33 barangays with a land area of 11,202 hectares.
Gigante Norte is considered to be one of the biggest islands in the island chain of the Gigantes. It is separated by a 5-mile channel, more or less 20 minutes by pumpboat from Gigante Sur.
Norte is politically subdivided into two barangays: Granada and Asluman. The best way to get around and enjoy the natural and historical attractions in the island is to take motorcycle ride.
To get to island, one can take motorized boat ride from Bangkal Fishing Port in the mainland to Gigante Norte with three trips daily starting at 9 am, 11 am and 2 pm. For more information, please contact Jorge S. Ebay at 0939-914-9857 or Tibor Espinosa of PLS through 0907-665-6565.