FedEx and WWF organized a wetland exploration and mangrove planting activity to raise awareness on climate change and biodiversity conservation
Online PR News – 09-July-2011 – – FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation companies, and conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), recently organized a wetland exploration and mangrove planting activity in Brgy. Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas to raise awareness on climate change and biodiversity conservation among children.
Through an interactive lecture facilitated by FedEx volunteers and WWF team, over 50 children from Gawad Kalinga learned about climate change and its impacts on the environment, including a tour of the coastal lagoon where they explored the rich flora and fauna being nurtured at the habitat. FedEx also donated 100 mangrove seedlings which were planted at the site.
This activity is a designated EarthSmart Outreach project, which underscores FedEx commitment to environmental sustainability. Through a variety of global and local philanthropic endeavors, FedEx advances its commitment to making communities cleaner, healthier and more efficient by encouraging sustainable transportation, green urban spaces and resilient ecosystems. FedEx supports sustainability projects with team members lending their times and skills to support valuable causes.
Rhicke Jennings, managing director for the Philippines and Indonesia said, “FedEx has always been committed to building sustainable communities in the Philippines. Through this EarthSmart Outreach program, FedEx employees are able to contribute more in environmentally-focused initiatives that would ensure better and greener future for our future generations.”
Mangroves in the Philippines are considered an important component of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, providing a valuable refuge for hundreds of thousands of resident and migratory birds and various marine species. Mangroves constitute one of the most productive marine habitat that can generate 500 kilograms of crustaceans, mollusks and fish per hectare annually. They also absorb significant amounts of carbon dioxide, the major culprit for climate change. Mangroves also protect coastal communities from violent gale winds and waves caused by typhoons and prevent soil erosion. In 2007, Presidential Proclamation No. 1412 was established to ensure preservation of existing mangrove, mudflats and ecosystems in the area that support natural ecological functions.