Economic and Environmental Development: A daunting task

Posted on 2015/09/04

Amidst the global and economic development of countries, the environment should not be put at the lowest consideration. Global and economic development should not mean environmental degradation nor exploitation, rather, environmental preservation and conservation for a sustainable environment for the use of generations yet to come.

Globalization, without a doubt, contributed in hastening the growth of the world’s economy. It has brought many innovations in science and technology that affects human activity. Economists view it as an economic prosperity that opens the door to many developments. However, globalization also produced alarming environmental issues – the destruction of ecological balance and biodiversity.

As the demand for development increases, the need to produce also increases to meet these demands. Thus, the exploitation and destruction of our natural resources – Mining, logging, industrial expansions and other human activities. These activities resulted to Climatic change and other natural disasters which should primarily be considered as an ecological concern amongst the different nations. As what Blessed Pope Paul VI said as cited in Pope Francis’ Encyclical, these ecological concerns are “a tragic consequence” of unchecked human activity: “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”.

Human activities and industrial processes have contributed a lot in the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. With that, if not controlled, these greenhouse gases will act as a cover around the earth making it hard for the energy to bounce back causing it to warm. Greenhouse gases buildup in the atmosphere causes the change in the Earth’s climate which will eventually result danger to human health as well as to the whole ecosystem. This is what globalization has brought to our environment.

However, we can still take measures in reducing our carbon footprints. It is high time that we promote other methods and do away to what we usually do. Promotion of renewable energy, i.e, solar power, hydropower, and wind power; Promotion of sustainable transportation, i.e, using bicycle and other fuel free transportation; and Promotion of Organic Agriculture.
Synching economic development with environmental development is a very challenging task for everybody. It is never too late to make changes for the betterment of our environment. After all, as what Pope Francis said, this is our common home. Hence, we are all duty bound to keep our home clean and sustainable.


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Liceo Legal Aid Center (LiLAC) doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo is the legal aid center of Liceo de Cagayan University, a privately owned university based in Cagayan de oro City. The group is composed of law students, alumni of the College of Law of the University, and lawyers who are passionate in the practice of alternative lawyering. LiLAC is guided by its vision of a holistic formation of law students committed to the transformation of society by promoting justice, empowerment, unity and peace, through helping the marginalized sector of the depressed areas here in Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the world. While the group was registered only this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has been providing services to marginalized communities in partnership with NGOs for more than 8 years now. LiLAC has more than 50 members, 15 of whom are taking the active role of running the group’s activities.

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The Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic or Mindanao SULAC for brevity, is the Legal Aid Clinic of Mindanao State University College of law. It is the first and currently the only one of its kind to be established in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It strives to cater the legal needs of the underprivileged and/or indigent clients of the Region and to help promote the proper administration of justice as a key to lasting peace in the region and in the country as a whole.

Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
Contact details:
Email: mindanaosulac@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762



The Notre Dame university is a Catholic Institution in Cotabato City run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and member of the Notre Dame Educational Association Philippines.The Notre Dame University Legal Aid Center started sometime in 2009. Its members are the officially enrolled students of NDU-College of Law.

The following are the official pages and e-mail address of the group:
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The Palawan Cradle of Rights is a unified composition of law students from Palawan State university school of Law, established last August 26, 2013 after the culminating activity of the Basic Orientation Seminar by the US Embassy in partnership with the MYVC.

Through our linkages and with the help of the different Government and Non-government organizations we aim to provide free access to people who need legal assistance.


The University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network (ULAN) is a non-stock, non-profit, and service institution of the University of Mindanao. As a service institution, it provides legal assistance, advocates human rights and social justice, and facilitates the formation of law students for alternative lawyering. It consists of law students and alumni of the College of Legal Education of the University of Mindanao committed to provide an adequate and greater access to justice of the community through its programs.


The CENTRO ADVOCACIA LEGAL is organized exclusively for charitable, socio-cultural and educational purposes, more specifically to serve the needs of the marginalized communities specifically children and youth and the minorities in Zamboanga City through Legal Aid Assistance and Human Rights Based Advocacies.