‘Church is vital advocate of energy conservation’

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MANILA, August 17, 2012?What else is the Church advocating these days? Energy conservation and efficiency, it seems.

In an interview, Center for Clean and Renewable Energy Development (C-CRED) Director Catherine Maceda said the Church is a consistent and vital partner to the advocacy of energy conservation and lifestyle changes towards energy efficiency.

In particular, the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) has been active in roundtable discussions on renewable energy and similar issues, as well as in the TV Olympics that started today at the SM Mega Mall Atrium.

When asked about the apparent ‘secular’ feel to energy issues, Fr. Conegundo Garganta, the ECY executive secretary, was quick to point out that being Catholic automatically means being “stewards of Earth’s goods.”

He explained, “These resources as given and received, are being managed by man and should be maximized.”

Maceda believes the Church has a network of young people who are the ideal champions for lifestyle shifts that have huge effects on energy consumption, for example, TV set choices or simply unplugging appliances not in use.

True to its commitment, the ECY was able to tap youth leaders from Chiro Youth Movement, Youth for Family and Life and YouthPinoy! to be at the TV Olympics’ opening this morning.

The Department of Energy and the Asian Development Bank’s TV Olympics kicked off  yesterday, bringing together 50 different TV models to show how TV sets’ wattage can impact consumers’ monthly electricity bill.

Among the TV manufacturers participating in the TV showdown are Devant, Hyundai, Konka, Haier, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, TCL and Toshiba.

The TV Olympics will be a week-long display, ending on August 22. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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