Environment Month and World Environment Day. Image courtesy of DENR.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced to host all of its activities online for the yearly event, Environment Month, held in June amid the continuing threat posed by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the celebration should serve as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of a cleaner environment as people around the world start adapting to the new norm.

“The stay-at-home orders and other restrictions have somehow allowed our environment to return to its pristine natural state quietly, and we hope these positive environmental changes will form part of the new normal,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu pointed out that the physical distancing and quarantine measures led to positive environmental changes, such as improved air and water quality, the resurgence of wildlife, and renewed interest in urban gardening for food security and sustainability.

DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau has organized virtual activities to celebrate the 32nd Philippine Environment Month, with the theme: “Protect Nature. Sustain our Future. #HealNature4Our Future.”

Among these are the “Greenviro Games” or online learning games like trivia quizzes, crossword puzzles, word searches, and bingo. There’s also online storytelling for kids on June 12, featuring stories on environmental awareness and the protection of Nature, and “Sing for the Earth,” a “Kantakalikasan” jam session, as well as “Envileague,” an environmental comic hero design contest.

The celebration also coincides with World Environment Day, which is observed on June 5.

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