Twelve Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity members ran nude at the Palawan State University (PSU) Friday afternoon, December 15, to raise awareness on plastic waste reduction.
Dubbed as “Run of the Valiants,” the activity, now on its fifth year in the province, was conducted in celebration of the group’s 92nd international founding anniversary.
The runners from different APO chapters in the province ran along Palawan State University Road until they reached the university’s gate.
“The objective was to get the public’s attention and encourage them to refuse plastics and use eco-friendly alternatives in order to protect our environment,” activity organizer Ernan Libao told Palawan News.
Libao said this year’s run was in support of the Ayaw ni Princesa ng Plastic, an advocacy campaign against plastics which started on Facebook.
Since the 1950s humans have produced 8.3 billion tons of plastic which either end up in landfills or in large bodies of water, a new report revealed.
With the figure projected to reach 34 billion by 2050, the same report warns that plastics threaten a “near permanent contamination of the natural environment.”
Having a 20 to 400 years lifespan, another study found that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
“That’s why it’s high time to inculcate in the public’s mind that we need to act together now to address this growing concern,” Libao added.
We can’t afford to wait for the time that it would be too late for all of us.”
Last year, the activity centered on supporting the government’s waste segregation policy.