LOOK: Sadly, another Lenten 'tradition' continues — public littering

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2019 09:24 PM

MANILA—EcoWaste Coalition on Friday lamented littering at popular pilgrimage sites as Filipinos marked Lent this week.

The group said it has received reports that trails of garbage were left behind at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine in San Jose del Monte City, the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Marilao, and the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Cathedral in Antipolo City.

“We regret that our appeal for a garbage-free Holy Week remain unheeded as many devotees, without any sense of guilt or shame, left their discards anywhere,” said Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of the group.

"It’s apparent that many devotees have yet to appreciate the connection between the expression of our faith and our responsibility to take good care of our shared environment. Environmental apathy, sad to say, is still very prevalent.”

Trash were seen in popular piligrimage sites on Maundy Thursday as Filipino Catholics marked Lent. Ecowaste Coalition

Trash were seen in popular piligrimage sites on Maundy Thursday as Filipino Catholics marked Lent. Ecowaste Coalition

Trash were seen in popular piligrimage sites on Maundy Thursday as Filipino Catholics marked Lent. Ecowaste Coalition

Trash were seen in popular piligrimage sites on Maundy Thursday as Filipino Catholics marked Lent. Ecowaste Coalition

Trash were seen in popular piligrimage sites on Maundy Thursday as Filipino Catholics marked Lent. Ecowaste Coalition

The group said littering has become a "tradition" during the annual pilgrimage of Filipino Catholics to different churches.

Among the most littered items were paper, plastic bags and bottles, and leftover food.

The coalition also urged Filipinos to be more eco-friendly when professing and practicing their faith ahead of Earth Day on April 22.

"Faith-inspired efforts should set a higher benchmark with respect to the responsible use and protection of the earth’s resources,” Lucero said.