LPPCHEA is the first critical habitat to be declared in the Philippines. Covering around 175 hectares of wetland ecosystem, it consists of two islands — Freedom Island and Long Island — with mangroves, ponds, lagoons, mudflats, salt marshes, and mixed beach forest all over. Also recognized as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention because of the critical role it plays in the survival of threatened, restricted-range and congregatory bird species, LPPCHEA hosts around 41 species of migratory birds in the area, with some coming from as far as China, Japan, and Siberia. During migration season (i.e. between the months of August and April each year), the area is transformed into a feeding and resting area for migratory birds making their way to the warmer regions of the globe.
Green Movement is the advocacy arm of HAPI that promotes human welfare and social reforms through small thoughts and doable acts of kindness for the environment. Pegged as one of the major and recurring projects of HAPI Metro Manila Chapter beginning in 2018, Manila Bayside Clean-Up is a quarterly effort that hopes to attract bigger participation by humanists or atheists of the capital.
Capping off the clean-up was a closing ceremony that saw the awarding of Certificates of Participation to all volunteers by HAPI Metro Manila Lead Convener Janice Buenaventura, and a free nature photo-walk-cum-ecotour around the forests and ponds of Freedom Island by the LPPCHEA wetland workers.
Humanism is a sound basis for genuine environmentalism; it prioritizes the mortal life and the ethical responsibilities that come with it. Not only human-centric, humanism also seeks the preservation of all life and takes on the mission to expand the circle — the range of creatures who deserve respect and humane treatment. “Humane-ism” is absolutely among the top principles and priorities of HAPI. Through its Green Movement, HAPI is ever more active in protecting environmental resources and Earth’s fragile ecologies.