Save the Climate - Save Boracay!

Page - April 6, 2009
This initiative engages stakeholders, government agencies and other concerned groups such as Boracay Foundation, Inc, the local government of Malay, Aklan, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Tourism. It is made possible through a grant from the Foundation for the Philippine Environment. more

Celebrities and Greenpeace supporters Richard Gutierrez and Angel Aquino wearing the shirt that reads "Save the Climate Save Boracay" poses during the shoot for Greenpeace's video on "Save the Climate, Save Boracay" project.

The project is based on a five-point manifesto signed last June by key stakeholders. The manifesto calls for the inclusion of energy efficiency measures and promotion of renewable energy use as part of the environmental management plans for the island especially in the construction or expansion of establishments; the provision of regular energy audits, skillshares and workshops for establishments to ensure the continuation and replication of successful practices in the areas of energy and water conservation, as well as ecological waste management.

Boracay is one of the best beaches in the world and one of the most frequently-visited vacation spots in the country. Transforming Boracay into a climate-friendly destination will not only create lasting impacts in the island itself, but will also encourage visitors to take these environmental practices with them when they return home or when they visit other places. "Save the Climate, Save Boracay" is the second project of its kind launched by Greenpeace Southeast Asia. In December 2007, Greenpeace and Bali Hotels Association also announced the "Energy Efficient Bali" project to turn the island into a climate friendly tourist destination. The largest hotels and resorts in Bali signed up to use energy efficient and renewable energy systems.