By: Ellaine Kryss Hubilla

 

Every year, Earth day is celebrated all over the world. This campaign promotes environmental protection and also serves as a reminder about how fragile our planet can be.

Screenshot of the post by ERDB-DENR explaining how important bamboo is for climate mitigation. Photo taken from ERDB-DENR Facebook page.

On this year’s Earth day, “climate action” is the theme of the celebration. In a post from the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDB-DENR), a research paper was presented dated from 2013 to 2014.

Infographics from ERDB-DENR, introducing April as the month of our planet. Photo taken from ERDB-DENR Facebook page.

The study states that “bamboo is an ideal element for reforestation efforts.” This is due to bamboo’s carbon sequestration (a process where carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and stored in liquid or solid matter)  ability  which is almost comparable to trees. 

Bamboos are perennial flowering plants. However, it is a common misconception that these plants are perceived as trees. On the other hand, the study implies that more bamboo plants means less carbon footprint in the atmosphere.

Infographics showing the characteristics of bamboo as a reliable tool in the process of climate mitigation. Photo taken from ERDB-DENR Facebook page.

The same post intends to raise awareness, not only about climate change, but also how bamboo plants can help mitigate this environmental problem. 

The caption says “Climate change represents the biggest challenge of the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. So in addition to our #EarthDayEveryDay habits, we (the ERDB-DENR) encourage you to support the bamboo industry and the bamboo research for climate mitigation.” The caption ended with “This isn’t just a day—it’s a movement.” While infographics was also included in the post, providing more information about bamboo.

Infographics presenting the results of the study conducted by the research arm of DENR. Photo taken from ERDB-DENR Facebook page.

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