Marine Conservation Philippines, MCP, strives to reduce the impact we’re causing on the local environment as well as our usage of natural resources. Additionally we aim to reduce our carbon footprint.
A number of buildings at MCP are powered exclusively through solar power. As we share the area we live in with a local solar power company, their testing facilities are put to actual use by us. As such lights, fans, wifi etc. are powered by solar power. Our drinking water is pumped from deep weels by solar pumps too. In the future we hope to have a solar compressor to refill scuba tanks.
We recycle glass, metal and hard plastics from our own household. Additionally when we find these materials during beach or reef clean ups, they get recycled too.
From time to time volunteers with Marine Conservation Philippines take part in mangrove replanting and reforestation. Besides reducing siltation and taking up nutrients, mangroves are excellent carbon sinks, and our efforts to recreate these lost habitats help in a very real, hands-on, practical way to balance out the carbon emissions caused by flying to the Philippines for foreign volunteers. Volunteering with us, is thus not a case of merely helping locally, while causing global damage through carbon emissions – it actually helps both locally and globally.
There is no doubt that more people moving away from a meat-based diet would reduce the massive drain on water and other natural resources that meat-production currently causes. At MCP we do not serve a strict vegetarian diet (although we of course cook appropriately for volunteers who are vegetarian or vegan!) We do however try to limit meat to a few times a week as well as source it all locally. We seldom serve seafood, but when we do, we buy directly from local fishermen, who are involved in the protection of the local MPAs and assure us that the catch is fished sustainably.
MCP is working towards self-sufficiency, and we are always expanding our vegetable gardens. Additionally the botanical garden in which we live has a number of fruit trees and a mango orchard, that provides us with lots of high-quality organic fruits when in season.