Senator Loren Legarda has long been hailed as a “Green Crusader” for her staunch advocacy of environmental issues and concerns. For the last 30 years, she has devoted her work to ensure that the future generations of Filipinos will live in enabling environments where our natural resources are used in ways that are sustainable and equitable.
As a legislator, she is responsible for the passage of the following environmental laws, which she authored and sponsored: the Clean Air Act (RA 8749); the Environmental Awareness Education Act (RA 9512); the Renewable Energy Act (RA 9513); the Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003); the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources Act (RA9147); and the Climate Change Act of 2009 (RA 9729).
As part of her advocacy on environmental protection, in 1998, Loren established Luntiang Pilipinas to help raise the level of awareness on the value of trees by the public. Since its establishment, Luntiang Pilipinas has planted two million trees and created forest parks nationwide.
For her passion and concern for the environment, the World Economic Forum named Loren one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 2000. The following year, she was named a UNEP Laureate by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She has been included in the Global 500 Roll of Honor for being at the frontlines of global environmental action. In 2004, she became an Awardee for the Environment by the Priyadarshni Academy in Mumbai, India. The University of the Philippines, her alma mater, also recognized her as its Distinguished Alumna for Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation in 2013.
In the Philippine Senate, Loren moved for the creation of the Senate Oversight Committee on Climate Change, which she currently chairs, to help monitor and consolidate the government’s efforts towards mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. These initiatives and her firm resolve to bring the issue of climate change and disaster risk reduction to the forefront of policymaking led to her appointment as United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for the Asia Pacific. She also chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
With a sustained partnership among various stakeholders, Loren is determined to achieve a healthier and safer environment for future generations of the Filipino people.