Creating Change Through: Nursing Nature
Nursing Nature is the advocacy program on environmental awareness, protection, and preservation of the UST Nursing Central Board of Students (NCBS). Launched in June 2008, the school-based program is implemented through a 3-part scheme consisting of Awareness, Action, and Advocacy.
What’s the Story?
The story begins with the initiative of Rachel R. Milante, NCBS Secretary for the 2008-2009 school year. For her, participating in a youth camp in Hua Lien Taiwan changed everything. At the camp, they tackled the issue of global warming— an issue that became close to her heart after having dealt with the severe aftermath of super typhoon Reming in her hometown in Legaspi City. She then spent most of her time thinking of concrete ways to raise awareness on the issue and this lead to the conceptualization of the Nursing Nature project.
NCBS, through a core committee, carried out environmental seminars, held a paper drive and set-up a 5-peso discount scheme on non-use of Styrofoam food containers in the cafeteria. They also took cues from certain approaches they learned in their studies such as preventive care and applied them to pre-emptive projects like waste reduction.
Furthermore, they re-introduced basic concepts in environmental concern by holding popular events such as beauty pageants and pet shows to garner participation of more people. The project gradually expanded from a movement within the College of Nursing to bringing the issue to the UST community and to participating in the Saving Planet Earth Expo and Conference held in TriNoma Mall last April 2010.
From a simple idea to a campus-wide movement, Nursing Nature shows that steps in the right direction, no matter how small, add up to a collective effort.
Recognition and Success
Last December 9, 2010 Nielson Dane Gustilo of the Nursing Central Board Of Students gave a speech in the Malacañan Palace on behalf of the all TAYO 8 participants. He addressed an audience, that included the President of the Philippines, and called on everyone to have faith, to help each other and to be part of the solution. He spoke calmly in Filipino:
“Napag-isa kami ng aming pagmamahal sa kapwa at bayan. Sa komunidad ng TAYO, naramdaman naming hindi kami nag-iisa. May kasama kami sa pakikibaka… Baon namin ang mayayaman na karanasan na natutunan namin sa isa’t-isa. Tunay na panalo na kaming lahat.