A problem like deforestation might seem as challenging as conquering Mt. Apo, but there is hope if we all do our part. If you really want to dedicate yourself to learning about our forests and how you can protect them, consider taking up a forestry or environmental science course in college. In order to restore our forests, we need bright, scientific, and passionate minds to study the best ways to go about forest conservation.
Even if you’re not yet applying to college, it’s never too early to start learning about our forests. Most of the protected watershed forest reserves under the ENIPAS Act are open to the public as tourist destinations. Take a visit to one of them and see the wonders of the forest for yourself (but don’t forget to Leave No Trace!).
Of course, change won’t start unless we make the first move. If you are passionate about fighting for our forests, don’t stop yourself from starting your environmental crusade today. There are many things you can do to share your love of the forests. Hot tip: there is something for everyone, even if you’re not a scientist! You could incorporate your advocacy into business, art, tourism, and so much more. You could also get involved in calling on your leaders to act a la Greta Thunberg. So don’t worry if the top of the mountain seems far away right now. Every small step brings you closer, so start now and don’t stop climbing.