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The Firefly Brigade is a non-stock, non-profit, and SEC-registered citizen’s volunteer action group formed in 1999 to work for clean air and a habitable, people-friendly environment in our cities.
The fireflies have fled the city because they could not stand its dirty air. All of us cyclists, pedestrians, commuters, even those who ride cars who live, work and raise families in the city may suffer the same fate. We continue to dirty our city's air with polluting vehicles and factories. As a result, we also risk disappearing like the fireflies.
Why resign ourselves to this fate? We have a choice. We can fight for clean air and bring the fireflies back.
|"The fireflies have fled the city because they could not stand its dirty air. All of us cyclists, pedestrians, commuters, even those who ride cars who live, work and raise families in the city may suffer the same fate."|
The group organizes an annual cycling caravan known as the Tour of the Fireflies. The tour attracts cyclists from all walks of life and of all ages for a treat of a bike tour around the cities of Metro Manila; still to promote cycling as an environment friendly and healthy form of transportation around the cities.
"The idea of having the "Tour of the Fireflies" involved a lot of "questioning and arguing with God," as she (Katti) recalls. "At that time I was concerned with our quality of air. More than that, this happened when I was telling God that I was not happy with Him because things are not getting better in this country. After saying that, not long after, this idea came to my mind and it wouldn't go away. I felt that it was something that needed to be done. I was also wondering if this is something He wanted me to do that I would see that He is at work." - Katti Sta. Ana
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