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Convince your parents to buy that LED TV!
It turns out, young people are the most effective people to talk about green technologies like let’s say, LED TVs.
And as environmental advocates have been saying, it does not even matter if they cannot buy those TVs on their own.
Episcopal Commission on Youth Executive Secretary Fr. Conegundo Garganta said, concretely, young people can influence the people who have actual purchasing power, like their parents, their siblings and relatives to buy more energy-efficient and environment friendly appliances.
LED TVs, for example, consume an average of 101 watts, compared to 301 watts for plasma TVs.
Even veterans in advocating green issues are looking to the next generation.
“Change can only happen if we are able to generate a collective concern over the issues we face today. The youth of today can inspire people to be a part of the solution, rather than the problem,” Center for Clean and Renewable Energy Development (C-CRED) Director Catherine Maceda told us in a YouthPinoy! interview.
This is exactly what some 50 young advocacy volunteers did during the “Watts Out!” TV Olympics last August 16 to 22.
The event aimed to show which 32-inch CCFL, LED-backlit and LCD TV models were the most energy-efficient.
Passionate, expressive (and did we say full of energy?) — the young volunteers, mostly students and youth leaders, made the rounds of the exhibits, explaining how making the switch to a ‘greener’ TV could actually lower one’s electric bill.
With more countries adopting green technologies like solar energy, biomass, and wind power as something already commonplace, in the Philippines, energy-efficient LED TV sets have yet to be seen as a practical choice.
It may be expensive at first, but the cheaper electric bill in the long run makes it a good buy.
Young people as green advocates can be content with just talking about it, but that will definitely change in the near future, when they can actually put their money where their mouths are.
Garganta explained that teens who may not be able to buy their own TV sets today are set to be the consumers of green innovation tomorrow because of what they are learning now.
“Watts out!” volunteers were mostly students and youth leaders from Adamson University, Ateneo’s Environmental Science Society, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, De La Salle University Engineering Department, DLSU-Physics Society, Don Bosco (Tondo and Mandaluyong), Far Eastern University, FEU-East Asia College, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Miriam College, Ms. Earth Foundation Inc., Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Rizal Technological University, University of the East, University of the Philippines, World Youth Alliance, and Young Women Christian’s Association of the Philippines. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]