Carmudi supports Haribon’s pro-environment advocacy

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CARMUDI, an online vehicle advertisement platform, has partnered with Haribon Foundation to promote the conservation of the country’s rich biodiversity. A signing of a Memorandum of Agreement was held in Carmudi’s Makati office in July.

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The online startup joined as a RFRI Katala (Philippine Cockatoo) affiliate and will play a role of promoting pro-environment advocacies through Haribon’s many online and social activities.

“Being in the automotive industry, which has the reputation of one of the top contributors of carbon emission, need not be a hindrance to safeguard the well-being of our planet,” Subir Lohani, the country manager of Carmudi in the country, said.

Lohani further explained that they were trying to instill in their customers and online readers the value of preserving nature by learning from Haribon’s example and lectures. He also stressed that his company feels that it is a responsibility worthy of anyone’s pursuit.

According to a report by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 2014, 70 to 80-percent of air pollution in Metro Manila comes from motor vehicles. The environmental agency also reported in 2013 that pollution levels in the metro are still “higher than acceptable levels” than the standard set by the Clean Air Act.

“Our company believes that there is always a compromise between the rapidly growing auto industry brought by the economic progress the country is enjoying and environmental stability of the country which is known as one of the leading biologically diverse site in the world. This can be done if all stakeholders in lessening pollution educate themselves and act together,” Lohani pointed out.

Carmudi said it will promote in its platform several actions that their customers can do to contribute to this movement such as bringing down their vehicle’s carbon emission by being more fuel efficient drivers and through regular maintenance.

“We want those who will buy any type of vehicle in our website to not only get a great deal from our partner dealerships, but also to be responsible owners mindful of the environmental impact they pose as vehicle owners,” he said.

Carmudi was founded in 2013 and is currently available in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar,Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Zambia. The vehicle marketplace offers buyers, sellers and car dealers the ideal platform to find cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles online.

Act. Make an Impact. Protect, conserve, and save biodiversity. Network and form lasting friendships with other environmental advocates. Be a Haribon member today.

Register at: bit.ly/joinHF, and sign up at volunteer@haribon.org.ph.

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