Trailing digital footprints across the web, UP Circuit “sTEPs” up to commemorate The E-Waste Project’s (TEP) tenth anniversary of advocating environmental protection and electronic waste (e-waste) awareness with an online information campaign from April 8, 2022, to June 11, 2022.
TEP is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects and threats imposed by e-waste on the environment. Since 2012, TEP continues to educate people about responsible e-waste management. It encourages them to be part of the solution through educational discussions and instilling the practice of recycling and proper disposal of e-waste.
Prior to the pandemic, TEP traditionally conducts on-site collection of e-wastes and symposiums. However, these were brought to a halt as the pandemic made it difficult to conduct on-site activities. As such, this urged the ten-year-old advocacy to be adapted online since 2021, utilizing social media and online interaction to move forward.
In the coming months, TEP's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages will feature infographics, comics, memes, and other postings that communicate research-based facts regarding e-waste. Creating bigger waves on social media, TEP launched its official Tiktok page this year, promoting The E-Waste Project to a new and wider audience.
“But the thing is, we were sure that we wanted a Tiktok account for TEP since it's one of the biggest social media platforms, so special projects (Kaira Gonzales, Derryl Nessie Gabriel, and their team) decided na [that] they would take on the task and handle the account,” said Jiezel Dela Rosa, one of TEP’s overall heads this year. “Now, we've decided na [that] we will use the account as a medium [for] some of our mini-events and also as a way to broaden the reach of TEP.”
Adhering to tradition, TEP will host #TEPTalks, a series of webinars via Zoom and Facebook Live, to boost societal awareness about the country's worsening e-waste problem and to propose viable solutions to the issue of e-waste. #TEPTalks first of two webinar series is entitled “E-Waste In10sity and Its Impact on Society,” which covers the present state of e-waste in the country. It is set to take place on April 29, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
The second part of the #TEPTalks webinar series, entitled “Keeping Up E-Waste Management with Technological Advancements,” will happen on May 21, 2022, from 2:00-4:00 PM. This webinar aims to narrow the gap between breakthroughs in technology and e-waste management capacities.
Fun games await participants of TEP’s mini-events, which will be held on TEP’s Tiktok and Instagram on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to June. For the main events, a digital art and a video-making contest will be held from May 7-June 5, 2022.