Green Kalinga enables the poor to do their part in becoming good stewards of the environment. To help the poor in a sustainable manner and to ensure that they have access to clean air and water as well as productive soil, we must mobilize them to become active partners in the protection and rehabilitation of the environment.
The poor are the most dependent on natural resources to meet their daily needs. However, with limited knowhow and options, their actions also contribute substantially to environmental degradation – slash and burn farming, cutting of wood including mangroves for charcoal-making, direct disposal of wastewater and solid waste to water bodies, and the like. Unfortunately, they are also the most adversely affected and the least capable of coping with the consequences of this degradation.
Much of the success of Green Kalinga depends on how the values and principles pertaining to the environment are imbibed and practiced by GK residents, workers and volunteers. Even with the technical and advocacy support provided by Green Kalinga and its partners, these efforts are sustainable only when a shift of lifestyle is adopted by the GK communities. This is why each GK community is individually assessed and from here, the appropriate Green Kalinga components are implemented.