Friday, January 23, 2015

Knowledge, Belief and Commitment

by Antonio C. Antonio
January 22, 2015

The essential components of an advocacy, environmental advocacy included, are knowledge, belief and commitment.

“Knowledge are facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education and the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.  It is also the awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.”  (Antonio, 2015)  A working knowledge of the environment and natural resources management; a firm belief that our environmental advocacy is good for the present and future generations; and, total commitment to the cause of environmentalism are the vital components of an environmental advocacy.  Anything less will not work.

In addition to the three components I already mentioned, another important component, according to Prof. Janet Martires of the University of the Philippines OU, is ACTION.  I really do not have much trouble agreeing with her.  Action, in this case, is the catalyst for actual change… and action would connect the dots and complete the circle of knowledge, belief and commitment.

Just my little thoughts…

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