World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) announced last night the selection of Pinoy Mountaineer Gideon Lasco as one of its partner advocates. In a statement on Facebook it said:
We are happy to introduce Mr. Gideon Lasco (Pinoy Mountaineer) as WWF-Philippines’ newest online advocate!
Mountains form a natural wall of defense against floods and storm surges. Gideon is a protector of these mighty mountains. He is well known in the hiking community, online and offline, as an avid climber with a heart for the environment. He regularly writes about the the state of our mountains and forests and shares tips on how to leave no trace on the trails.
Gideon also contributes to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Read what he has to say about our forests: http://opinion.inquirer.net/89369/the-presidency-of-the-forests
For his part, Gideon has responded with this statement:
Very happy to partner with the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines as an environmental advocate! I still have so much to learn about the issues affecting our environment and your thoughts are always welcome. I will do my best to lend my voice and helping hand to cause of defending the mountains that defend us.
In 2015, Pinoy Mountaineer has been vocal about environmental issues, releasing statements opposing the mining in Lobo, Batangas, and quarrying in Norzagaray, Bulacan, as well as initiating the first DENR Forum with Mountaineers and continuing the National Mountain Clean-up Day. This year Gideon Lasco also accepted the role of ‘Environmental Champion’ by the Climate Reality Project – Philippines.