March for trees set for March 21

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — Environmental protection advocates in and near Baguio City will paint their faces with colorful artworks depicting Mother Nature while they march through the entire stretch of the famous Session Road on March 21.

The parade will be in solidarity with all other environmental advocates around the world celebrating the International Day of Forests.

In Baguio, it will be a walk for the trees in celebration of their contribution as well as to protest all forms of tree cutting, according to event organizer Michael Bengwayan.

The parade, which is expected to be joined by local artists and officials, will end at the Malcolm Square where a program will be held to urge the public to respond to the 2015 Paris Agreement which intends to lower carbon emission by 2050.

The March 21 parade is expected draw hundreds – the largest gathering in the city related to environmental protection and advocacy in almost four years.

The last march related to environmental conservation was on April 2012, when over a thousand people marched along Session Road to protest the uprooting of trees by the SM City Baguio at the Luneta Hill.

The Cordillera region has among the largest remaining forest covers in the country.

Unfortunately, however, it is slowly diminishing due to urbanization and expansion of agricultural lands, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).