Meet the 'greenest man on earth'

By TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2011 07:12 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2011 03:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Triangle Park was a hub for environmental awareness yesterday as people belatedly celebrated Earth Day which fell on April 22, Good Friday.

Ten interactive booths were on display led by those showing the eco-cars of Pilipinas Shell and Honda.

Tutorials on transforming plastic bags into accessories, proper composting, and proper tree planting were just some of the activities held in the booths.

But the clear highlight of the day was the talk from the "Greenest Man on the Planet", Matthias Gelber.

Gelber, a German environmentalist, was flown in from Malaysia to share his knowledge about the current state of the earth and what ordinary citizens could do about saving it.

The thrust of Gelber's talk was for individuals to not think too lowly of themselves and to take action even if their governments are slow in exerting political will and taking massive steps to help save the environment.

Gelber said he himself has initiated green initiatives such as proper segregation of garbage in his condominium. He shared this on Facebook and the move was emulated by residents in several other condominiums in Malaysia and was even picked up by the local newspapers.

Gelber also stressed the importance of doing something now for the sake of our children. He said we may be okay with the resources and conditions today but these won't be the same for the next generation if we don't take decisive action as individuals, corporations, and governments.

And as happy as Gelber is with the awareness Earth Day raises yearly, his campaign is to make everyone celebrate Earth Day every day.

The festivities at the park continued with a mini-concert by environmentalist Lou Bonnevie and a public screening of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."