Greenpeace Water Patrol is a movement of activists, communities and concerned citizens that aims to provide a platform for public engagement on water issues.
Created by greenpeaceph on Sep 8, 2011
Last updated: 01/13/12 at 02:53 AM
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Greenpeace’s Water Patrol sealed off a discharge pipe emanating from the Unilever-RFM compound in Pasig City that has been identified in a report, released today, to be discharging various toxic and persistent organic chemicals. Murky discharge from the pipe directly flows into the Marikina River and onwards to Laguna Lake.
Representatives from the local government units (LGUs) of Marikina and Quezon City, together with students, barangay officials and community groups from San Mateo, Rizal, and other areas around the Marikina River shoreline joined the Greenpeace Water Patrol in bearing witness to the state of the Marikina River and calling for the elimination of toxic discharges into the Philippines’ fresh water bodies.
Greenpeace Water Patrol activists highlighted factory discharge pipes along the Marikina River and posted warning signs to call attention to the fact that no policy exists to ensure that chemical effluents from factories are not toxic. The group is demanding the Philippine government to implement a mandatory chemical disclosure system for industries and ensure that there is no more harmful wastewater from factories through a “zero discharge” policy.
Greenpeace called for full public disclosure of industrial discharges into freshwater sources, citing the dangers posed by toxic effluents and the public’s right to know the composition of such discharges into water bodies like the Laguna de Bay.
Greenpeace asked Filipinos “Ano ang nasa tubig mo?” (“Do you know what’s in your water?”) to elicit their participation in the campaign for immediate implementation of a mandatory chemical disclosure system for industries, and to eliminate harmful wastewater from factories through a ‘zero discharge’ policy.
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Dried up tributaries indicate that the situation of Angat Dam can worsen in the next few weeks, Greenpeace said, following the results of an expedition in the reservoir conducted last weekend by a team of Greenpeace volunteers accompanied by Filipino Mt. Everest summiteer Romi Garduce.
Greenpeace set up a “Water Watch” camp in Angat Reservoir, Metro Manila’s main water source, to highlight the urgent threat to the country’s water resources. Greenpeace is calling on the public to take every measure to conserve water and demand that the presidential candidates prioritize the issue in their agenda.
Greenpeace activists staged a “die-in” at the compound of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), three days before World Water Day celebrations, to emphasize the need for better management of the Philippines’ fresh water resources, which are greatly threatened by climate change and by domestic and industrial pollution.
Greenpeace Water Patrol activists today initiated an investigation into toxic chemical effluents and noxious fumes that have downed around 70 community folk in Silang, Cavite, about 55 kilometers south of Manila.
The Greenpeace Water Patrol, EcoWaste Coalition and Buklod Tao Kalikasan trooped to the Nangka River to expose the illegal dumping of flood garbage and debris into the River by the Marikina government and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Greenpeace challenged government officials and aspirants to step up and include in their political platforms measures to ensure the protection of the country’s water sources, pointing out that bodies of water like Laguna Lake and Manila Bay are at the end of a pipeline of pollution coming from upstream communities, factories, and other contributors.
Greenpeace Water Patrol activists returned trash and toxic water from a dumpsite in Laguna Lake to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to call attention to how shoddy dumpsite closure policies are endangering the country’s water sources and people’s health and welfare. Greenpeace, together with the EcoWaste Coalition, is demanding that the government agency implement more stringent closure guidelines for garbage dumps.
The municipality of Taytay has agreed to adopt stringent procedures on dumpsite closure following a blockade by Greenpeace Water Patrol activists at the 13 hectare polluting garbage repository located on the banks of Laguna Lake.
Greenpeace Water Patrol activists blockaded a polluting waste dump on the shores of Laguna Lake to halt shoddy "closure" operations that will do more harm than good to the lake and surrounding communities. The environment group, together with the EcoWaste Coalition, is demanding a proper clean up of the Taytay open dumpsite, rather than the cosmetic cover up currently being undertaken in the thirteen hectare trash heap.
Around five hundred Greenpeace Water Patrol volunteers and youth from Laguna Province led a clean up of floating trash in and around Laguna de Bay on World Coastal Clean Up Day. The clean up was conducted even as the volunteers called on concerned government agencies to also protect Laguna Lake from less visible but more dangerous chemical and organic pollutants.
Water Patrol activists stalled the operations of a waste dump in Angono, Rizal which has encroached on the shores of Laguna Lake, by blockading its entrance with steel scaffolding to prevent garbage trucks from entering and continuing to dump the municipality’s refuse in the site.
Water Patrol activists investigated a dump site in Angono, Rizal which has taken over the banks of Laguna Lake, and called on the government for the strict enforcement of waste laws to protect the country’s threatened freshwater sources.
Greenpeace water patrol activists deposited thirty ‘blue babies’ at the doorsteps of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to highlight the urgency of protecting the country’s dwindling clean water resources from continuing toxics pollution.
Water in key agricultural areas in the Philippines and Thailand are already contaminated with nitrate pollution, Greenpeace warned at the launch of a new report, Nitrates in drinking water in the Philippines and Thailand. The report, launched simultaneously in both countries, is the result of a Greenpeace Water Patrol investigation which studied nitrate levels in drinking water sources and their relation to nitrogen fertilizer use in farming areas.
Water Patrol activists from the environmental group Greenpeace delivered bottles of contaminated groundwater at the doorsteps of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to remind the agency of its urgent mandate to protect the country’s dwindling freshwater resources from indiscriminate toxics pollution.
Photographers from Negros, South Cotabato and Metro Manila took first, second and third places in the photo contest organized by Greenpeace Southeast Asia. The contest was aimed at documenting the state of Philippine fresh waters, especially looking at the threats under Project Clean Water.
Greenpeace ‘Water Patrol’ activists called attention to the shocking extent of pollution in Marilao River by unfurling a 28-meter banner with the words “Stop toxic pollution, protect our water resources” along Marilao Bridge in Bulacan province, 25 kilometers north of Manila. The activists also floated giant rubber fish skeletons along the river to underline the river’s death, as two volunteers in protective suits took water samples from the notorious body of water to determine its exact toxicity levels.
In 2007, a broad study was carried out by Greenpeace to investigate the quality of various surface and ground water systems in four countries, including the Philippines.
Citing the urgent need to safeguard the country’s precious fresh water resources from contamination, Greenpeace launched ‘Project: Clean Water,’ an initiative that aims to catalyze action to protect Philippine fresh water sources.