An environmentalist group has gathered some of the country’s top musicians for a different protest against the continued destruction of the country’s environment — an album launch.
In recognition of World Environment Day on June 5, the Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines (CEC) launched the album “Rapu-Rapu Atbp: Taghoy ng Kalikasan” (Rapu-Rapu and Others: Lament of Nature).
“Rapu-Rapu Atbp: Taghoy ng Kalikasan” contains songs by Geneva Cruz, Aiza Seguerra, Bayang Barrios, Coffeebreak Island, and Cooky Chua, among others.
“The songs in the collection speak about the current state of the Philippine environment: how our forests have been laid bare by logging, how our mountains and islands have been turned into wastelands by mining, how the access to natural resources such as water, have become restricted to…a few,” CEC executive director Frances Quimpo said in a statement.
The two main themes of the album are deforestation and mining.
Rampant deforestation, brought by logging operations by foreign and local firms have resulted to “only 5.4 million hectares of mostly secondary-growth forests are left, covering less than 18% of the total land area in 2003,” Quimpo said.
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