Von Hernandez Calls for Politicians to Curb Campaign Waste

October 11, 2012

As the election season in the United States enters its final weeks, 2003 Prize recipient Von Hernandez is asking politicians in his country to curb their campaign waste.

Solid waste management is a significant issue in the Philippines, where Hernandez is working to reduce waste and ensure the continuation of a ban on waste incineration that he helped secure.

Hernandez’s organization, EcoWaste coined the term “GarPol,” fussing the words “garbage” and “politician,” to put pressure on electoral candidates.

Addressing the candidates, Hernandez said, “Please don’t be a ‘garpol’ as if Mother Earth is not suffering enough from our wastefulness.”