In 2009, Nat Geo Earth Day Run Philippines began its commitment to enriching the community through the collaborative efforts of the channel, our loyal sponsors and patron runners. Since then, National Geographic was able to support charitable institutions in our shared quest for the betterment of our home planet. Through this, we have established a relationship with our partner brands and eco-warriors looking to inspire change.
With the help of our generous sponsors and eco-warriors, Nat Geo Earth Day Run Philippines was able to give life to 36,000 fruit-bearing trees in Sierra Madre allowing local farmers to generate a living through owning and harvesting their own crops. In the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, together we were able to build fiberglass boats to the fishermen of Palawan. These boats are designed to withstand the onslaught of typhoons ensuring the continuity of their livelihood during disastrous events.
We, and our partners, believe that there should never be a hindrance to living a full life. In our own little ways, we all strive to help on another through the gift of caring and giving. Just two years ago, National Geographic went off the grid to give light to the Tawbid Mangyan tribes folk of Mindoro by providing solar-powered lighting kits. Succeeding this effort, Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2017 dedicated its resources to a myriad of causes, namely; conservation of the Apo Reef, saving Irawaddy dolphins, reducing carbon footprint in the lands of Masbate and the reforestation efforts in Ipo Watershed to ensure the potability of Metro Manila’s water supply.
This year, National Geographic Earth Day Run, in participation with World Wildlife Fund Philippines, pledges to take action towards a fast becoming global issue that is water shortage. Rural farming communities are already feeling the pinch as changes in weather patterns, brought on by climate change, make rain prediction near impossible. Farmers can no longer rely on rain to occur when crops need it most. What they need is the means to capture and store rainwater to ensure their crops don’t die, in relation to their livelihood. Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2018 vows to help out by sponsoring rain storage tanks to the in-need communities remotely situated in the province of Mindoro. Join us in our collective goal to sustain the livelihood of our fellowmen.