Odette Alcantara (1940-2009)


Environmentalist, writer and ecological artist Odette Alcantara passed away at the age of 68 on Monday, 21 September 2009,  after suffering an aneurysm.

Alcantara is most notable for her strong environmental advocacies. She was convenor of Artists for the Environment, founder of Earth Philippines, and Philippine coordinator for the Earth Day Network.

In the months before her death, she had written pieces about the importance of bio-ethics, and a denunciation of Manila Ordinance No. 7177which deemed certain areas of Manila industrial zones. Alcantara was also known for promoting composting and recycling at a community level, and transforming Blue Ridge, where she lived, into a model for zero-waste management. She was our inspiration in starting our own zero waste management project here in Forest Club.

On the blog Momma & Sons, Alcantara is called an 'unsung hero'. She is survived by her four sons and husband Mario.

Tita Odette was last in Forest Club last 28 June 2009 during the 3rd Year anniversary celebration of the Green Ramons.

A tree-planting event will be held in her honor on October 3. According to Earth Day Network's Binggirl Clemente, “Tita Odette would tell us that when she goes, 'I don't want flowers, I just want trees'.”

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