Environmental protection and preservation are what the world needs. Nowadays, we hear about natural and man-made disasters affecting our environment and ecosystem which greatly affect how we live.
We may see or hear from the news about deforestation, illegal logging, forest wildfires, and illegal mining. Some of these activities are a natural phenomenon while others may be a result of massive industrialization resulting from greed. We may not only hear about it, but we may actually have witnessed some of these in reality.
In the Philippines, we have several groups and personalities who are environmental warriors; environmental activists, and Philanthropists who deeply show their love and concern about our environmental welfare. One of those personalities I truly admire and respect is Gina Lopez who advocated and founded several foundations supporting environmental protection.
I consider Gina Lopez as the Mother Teresa of the Philippines. As a missionary in Europe, Africa, and India for 2 decades, she has developed a Divine consciousness by devoting her time and energy to serving the marginalized people, those who are underprivileged, and those who are poor in love and spirit.
With the higher consciousness she has attained in her mission abroad, she decided to return to her origin in the Philippines to spearhead a Foundation of one of the country's largest media companies. She founded the Bantay Kalikasan which cause is to protect the environment and natural resources. She was also active in the rehabilitation effort of the Pasig River and one of the advocates for the La Mesa Ecopark which is considered as the last and remaining forest in Metro Manila.
|Team building at the LA Mesa Ecopark in May 2011|
Gina Lopez may not be able to witness how far her efforts may have gone since she already passed away, but her spirit as she said will always be alive. She will remain to be a well-loved personality since she has touched so many lives through her breakthrough projects and various social development programs.
Gina Lopez was a visionary. She has a great love for Filipino people and once she uttered that if 'heaven is made from people's hearts, she thinks that we can build heaven in the Philippines' and she deeply believed that we can fly high and make things happen. This is her vision and together if we believe we can do it, then we will indeed experience a piece of heaven on earth; not a fantasy, but our shared reality.
Gina Lopez envisioned the natural environment that is sustainable through Ecological tourism or known as Farm tourism. She was one of those who believe that we can achieve prosperity through harmony with nature.
As an environmental advocate, I patronize the emerging rise of the farm tourism industry in the country and I believe that it will become a living trend not only today but in the years to come.
Our love for our country can be shown through the kind of environment that we live in. We envision the next generations to breathe fresher air, to be under the shade of the tree, to see the forest, and to benefit from the natural resources that we have protected and preserved.
We may have lost a strong leader and Environmental protector, but her legacy will remain in our hearts as she envisioned the kind of heaven we all deserve to live.
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