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MANILA, 7 December 2021 — The 74th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” will feature micro- and social enterprises that implement ecological solid waste management and offer eco-friendly alternatives for gift-giving and celebrations this holiday season.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 09 December 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Shine De Castro, Co-Founder of Old Manila Eco Market in Intramuros; Erin Larissa Canto, Project Officer from Wala Usik Economy in Bacolod City and Talisay City, Negros Occidental; and Jade Joquiño, Co-Owner of Darlings’ Milktea in Maasin, Iloilo.   Due to the health impacts and the disruptions brought by the pandemic, all sectors, particularly businesses, are prompted to rethink conventional practices and rebuild a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive society.   Environmentally conscious micro- and social enterprises play an important role in reducing waste, conserving the environment, promoting local culture and heritage, creating jobs and economic opportunities in local communities.   The upcoming episode will highlight ways on living sustainably from the daily life into the holiday experiences of the everyday Filipino.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, “Stories for a Better Normal” aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
December 06, 2021 Monday
MANILA, 6 December 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) joins the celebration of National Energy Consciousness Month this December.   The month of December was declared as National Energy Consciousness Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 1427, which aims to create public awareness of the need for judicious conservation and efficient utilization of energy.   This year’s theme, “Committed to Serve: Building a Better Normal by Forging Ahead through Energy Ability, Security, and Sustainability”, underscores the unwavering resolve to bring the country closer towards affordable and clean energy as set by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sustainable energy as laid out in the National Climate Change Action Plan.   To help the country achieve its energy goals, we share the following energy-saving tips that can be done at home, in the workplace, schools, and establishments:   1.    Switch to LED light bulbs. In the long run, it requires less maintenance and comes out cheaper. 2.    Optimize use of iron or washing machine with more amount of clothes in one workload. 3.    Place refrigerators in an area with adequate ventilation, as higher room temperature results in higher energy consumption for the ref to stay cool. 4.    Open windows and curtains during the day to minimize the use of electric lights 5.    Turn off gadgets/appliances properly and pull out the plugs from the socket when not in use.   Shifting to renewable energy, along with the energy-saving and efficiency efforts of the community, can altogether reduce our emissions while championing the clean energy transition.
December 05, 2021 Sunday
MANILA, 4 December 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC), with the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) Project of the UNEP-DTU Partnership, conducted a webinar on the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement, during the observance of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week.   The webinar, entitled, “Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement: Enhancing Transparency Towards Increasing Climate Action and Support” presented the measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems in line with the transition to the Enhanced Transparency Framework and provide an overview of options on tools and methodologies that may be useful for sectoral and national reporting on climate action and support.   “The Enhanced Transparency Framework is a central component to make the Paris Agreement operational. Through proper MRV systems, we can measure our collective progress in mitigating climate change, and assess what we still need to do, and where we can get support to expand programs on climate action,” said CCC Commissioner Rachel Herrera.   “We actually refer to transparency as the ‘backbone’ of the Paris Agreement, because it holds everything together. It’s now clearly understood, after COP26, that transparency plays a crucial role, its final elements were agreed. Also, the COP26 saw the conclusion of Article 6 of the Emissions Trading and Exchange Framework under the Paris Agreement, and that is yet another element that requires a strong accounting framework so that countries will be able to participate,” said Dr. Henning Wuester, ICAT Director.   The participants consisted of agencies involved in MRV/M&E of climate change adaptation, mitigation, including those in-charge of climate-relevant data and information management systems and frameworks, were introduced to the general information on the ICAT initiative, overview of the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement, Philippine initiatives on transparency in climate action and support, and tools and methodologies for transparency.   “We are providing support to assess policies and we also look at integrating transparency at the subnational level and also non-state actors, and currently we are also developing more work and methodology to support countries to engage in mobilizing finance for climate action transparency,” said Randa Ahmed, ICAT Programme Management Officer.   “The COP26 also allowed the development of outlines for the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR). Now we have a structure for BTR, that would be common to all parties, and that would be facilitating basically the review and the global stocktake afterwards. Then we also have the outline of the national inventory document and the technical expert review report. All of these go towards the uniformization and this would facilitate the aggregation of data and make the global stocktake exercise a bit easier than if having different reporting format. This is a good step in the right direction towards our aim,” said Fatima-Zahra Taibi, Senior Advisor of UNEP-DTU Partnership.   “Even prior to signing the UNFCCC, we already had come up with an institutional arrangement for working on climate issues. In 1991 we formed an Interagency Committee on Climate Change. Over the years we’ve developed several policies and measures, even strategies, to help us monitor and track the support that we are getting for us to be able to implement our climate actions,” said Sandee Recabar,  of the Implementation Oversight Division of CCC.   “The ICAT toolbox is an important component of what we offer from ICAT – to build and develop capacity and provide effective support to developing countries. We developed this toolbox in collaboration with our major partners in order to respond to developing country needs,” said Dr. Hannah Swee, Technical Specialist-Environmental of ICAT.   The ICAT Project supports developing countries in improving their capacity to establish transparency systems for climate action and support in line with the Paris Agreement and its Enhanced Transparency Framework.   In the Philippines, this Project supports existing efforts in implementing a robust and sustainable measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) system for adaptation, mitigation, and support through the conduct of stocktake and needs analyses and production of relevant tools.   ICAT is implemented by the UNEP-DTU Partnership with support from the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and ClimateWorks.   Watch the replay of the webinar by visiting the Facebook Page of the Climate Change Commission or by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl/videos/282281293912481/ .
December 03, 2021 Friday
MANILA, 1 December 2021 — The 73rd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will feature organizations that undertake efforts to preserve and ensure the sustainability of our cultural heritage amid the pandemic and climate crisis.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 02 December 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Esteemed guests will join the online conversation including Ar. Carmen Bettina Bulaong, Executive Director of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation; Mark Ignacio, a mason graduate of Escuela Taller; and Prof. Eric Zerrudo from Center for Cultural Property and Conservation of Environment in the Tropics.   The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the arts and culture sector, as heritage sites and cultural institutions were closed and local cultural events and traditional practices were cancelled.   Cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, is also threatened by the impacts of climate change such as strong typhoons, flooding, and rising sea levels, among other risks.   It is, therefore, crucial to consider the increasing climate and disaster risks in efforts to preserve and protect elements of our cultural heritage and determine ways to support the heritage sector.    The upcoming episode will highlight the threats of the pandemic, disasters, and climate change on our cultural heritage and ways to address them.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 30, 2021 Tuesday
MANILA, 30 November 2021 —The Climate Change Commission (CCC) welcomed the sustainability efforts of the Aboitiz Group and called for stronger collaboration across sectors, industries, and communities to safeguard the planet and its climate as the conglomerate presented its adaptation and mitigation practices in line with the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) during the celebration of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week, held from November 19 to 29.   “Let us unite on this noble cause to secure a resilient and sustainable future for all Filipinos. Bilang nagkakaisang mamamayan, tayo na at magtulungan upang ang klima ng kinabukasan ay ating mapangalagaan,” said CCC Vice Chairperson Emmanuel M. De Guzman.   “Our journey, though far from perfect, is one that definitely progresses through time, as we seek to contribute to sustainable solutions to our country’s biggest problems: poverty, hunger, climate change, waste, energy and water security, social inequality, and better education. Today, as we do every day, we recommit to that journey, as we continue to build climate resilience and sustainability for the future,” said Ginggay Hontiveros, Vice President for Reputation Management of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.   The Aboitiz Power Corporation, which harnesses power from renewable (hydro, geothermal, and solar) and thermal (coal and oil) sources through 47 generation facilities across the Philippines, committed to expand and develop more renewable energy sources through their Cleanergy Program.   “Ako at ang mga kasama ko sa Aboitiz Group ay nagagalak sa pagkakataong ito na maibahagi ang aming mga kwento tungkol sa aming pagbugsay tungo sa kinabukasan. Nawa’y lahat ng sektor ng bayan ay magsanib upang sama-sama at tulung-tulong sa pagbugsay, mapalaki, mapalakas, at mapalawak natin ang ating aksyon at kabutihang-dulot,” said Suiee Suarez, Vice President for Reputation Management of Aboitiz Power Corporation.   Pilmico Foods Corporation, an integrated agribusiness and food company of the Aboitiz comprised of four divisions—Flour, Feeds, Farms, and Trading—also presented two sustainability innovations: The Pilmico Rice Husk Project and Pilmico Solar Panel Project.   “Those are the two examples of what we are able to do in Pilmico for our facilities, ensuring that there are other environmentally-friendly opportunities that will we can look into. We will be 100% committed to continuously innovating and looking forward to these new solutions,” said Joeben Gamatero II, Vice President for Brand, Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility of Pilmico Foods Corporation.   Meanwhile, UnionBank of the Philippines emphasized the importance of building small acts towards collective action to help the business sector reduce its carbon footprint.   “Make the switch and try to be responsible, it’s really the small acts individually that matter. Together, when we put them in one collective action, malaki ang ating maco-contribute. It’s very important for us to have the right mindset, the right behavior to help the business sector in this battle to reduce our carbon footprint and climate change,” said Dave Jesus Devilles, UnionBank Vice President for Sustainability, CSR & Employee Relations.   Republic Cement, which operates six facilities nationwide, also presented its Ecoloop program, through which organizations in the public and private sectors are able to reuse or recover thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials, helping divert residual wastes away from landfills and waterways.   “Ecoloop is the best partner to help communities and companies manage waste. With Ecoloop and co-processing, we continue to uphold our commitment to a better future by building a greener and stronger republic,” said Angela Edralin-Valencia, Director for Ecoloop of Republic Cement Services Inc.   Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc., which is focused on building better and integrated infrastructure facilities and services, highlighted how its water infrastructures help enhance the country’s capability to implement innovative and sustainable solutions to address the challenges in accessing clean and safe water.   “In the next ten years, we plan to put up additional one depot per year and two reservoirs to support the expansion of the estate. Additionally, we will look for more opportunities or more sustainable water resources and apply for accreditation of its drinking water analysis to expand our laboratory services,” said Anna Victoria Lu, First Vice President & Head for Water Business of Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc.   Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. also touted its CSR projects, including Adopt-A-City/Municipality program for Tiwi, Albay and Iligan City; Buhisan Watershed Forest Reserve Rehabilitation Project; Boracay Wetland No. 4 Rehabilitation; Cleanergy Park; BEST Bus Project; as well as partnerships with government agencies for resilience.   “Protecting our communities from disaster is not charity, it is solidarity and commitment. We still have a long way to go, we’re not yet there. Success or failure is not an act of nature but it is in our hands, we must do more to deal with this global challenge. Together with our business units, we will use the power of the Aboitiz brand, the energy and passion of our team members, and the scale of our businesses to drive change for a better world,” said Maribeth Marasigan, President & Chief Operating Officer of Aboitiz Foundation Inc.   In 2019, the CCC and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. forged a partnership aiming to increase the adaptive capacity of local governments to climate change. Convergence with the private sector is one of the main goals of the Commission, to help mobilize industries in greening their operations and investment portfolio.   “Our goal is to emphasize the value of public-private partnerships in promoting awareness to climate change, and the actions needed to address it. This is yet another chapter of the story that needs to be told over and over again. As the policy body of the government that coordinates, monitors, and evaluates climate change initiatives, the CCC plays a critical role in the public sector side of the equation,” said DJ Sta. Ana, Senior Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures.
November 29, 2021 Monday
MANILA, 24 November 2021 — For its Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week 2021 special episode, the 72nd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” will once again feature the Department of Education (DepEd) learners who exemplified outstanding leadership in biodiversity conservation and climate action within their schools and communities.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 25 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl, facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda, and facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH. This will be part of the official activities for the observance of the 14th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week and DepEd's 5th National Climate Change Conference (NCCC) with the theme, “Klima ng Kinabukasan, Ating Panglagaan” and "Reinforcing the Youth's Role on Stewardship of Biodiversity for Climate Stability," respectively. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Director Ronilda R. Co of DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS); Arren Jean J. Jacalan from Tangub City National High School, SDO Tangub City, Region X; Sean Michael G. Endiable from City of San Jose del Monte National Science High School, SDO San Jose Del Monte City, Region III; and Shekinah A. Moreno from Quezon National High School, SDO Bukidnon, Region X to share their biodiversity conservation and climate change advocacies.   Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, supplying critical ecosystem services such as food provisioning, water purification, flood and drought control, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation. These services are essential to support human well-being and economic growth.   Despite this significance, they are still being destroyed at an unprecedented and accelerating rate worldwide. The Philippines is considered one of the 18 megadiverse countries in the world. However, it is also known as one of the “hotspot areas” where biodiversity is under tremendous threat of destruction.   As part of its climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) program, the DepEd DRRMS recognizes the role of education in biodiversity conservation for climate stability. It is through the conduct of the NCCC that DepEd intends to provide a platform to elevate discussions on the impacts of climate change and human actions on biodiversity, strategize participatory and concrete actions that can be done to contribute a meaningful change, and help the learners, personnel, and their families gain a deeper appreciation and awareness of the country’s vast biodiversity.   The upcoming episode aims to strengthen awareness of the role of biodiversity in climate stability and increase participation of learners and DepEd personnel in climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 23, 2021 Tuesday
READ: Message of Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, Chairperson-designate of the Climate Change Commission for the observance of the 14th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week Secretary Dominguez led the Philippine Delegation to the recently-conducted United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) where he declared the country's determination to be a world leader in climate action.  #CCCWeek2021 #ClimateActionPH #ClimateJusticePH
November 22, 2021 Monday
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November 20, 2021 Saturday
MANILA, 19 November 2021 — With the year 2021 considered a make-or-break year for climate action, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) invites the public to join in the celebration of the 14th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week (CCC) Week from November 19 to 29, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1667 s.2008 to raise awareness on global warming.   In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, most activities for the CCC Week 2021 will be live streamed on the official Facebook page of the CCC via www.facebook.com/CCCPhl and its organizing partners.   Coming after the conclusion of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, this year’s observance with the theme, “Klima ng Kinabukasan, Ating Pangalagaan”, seeks to highlight the gains towards achieving the ambition of our Philippine NDC, particularly on strengthening adaptation and mitigation strategies, rehabilitating ecosystems, greening the sectors, and mobilizing climate finance.   In April of this year, the Philippines, the CCC, with the leadership of Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez as the Designated Representative of the Chairperson, and together with lead sectoral agencies — the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), of Agriculture (DA), of Transportation (DOTr) and of Energy (DOE); of Foreign Affairs (DFA); and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) — submitted its first Nationally Determined Contribution or NDC bannering a 75-percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and avoidance by 2030, as part of the Philippines' commitment to the  Paris Agreement on Climate Change.   The NDC represents the country’s goal of modernizing and pursuing low carbon and resilient development for the agriculture, waste, industry, transport, and energy sectors over the 2020-2030 period.   The climate body emphasized that more than an avenue for exchange of knowledge and practical solutions, the CCC Week 2021 must also serve as a wake-up call for leaders and all sectors to unite and deliver climate action while there is still time.   To stay updated, see the list of activities and registrations by visiting the CCC’s Facebook page or its website at www.climate.gov.ph.  
November 18, 2021 Thursday
MANILA, 17 November 2021 — The 71st episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will once again feature initiatives of organizations that  help communities adapt to climate change and work to improve the lives of Filipinos.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 18 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Ryan Gersava, Founder and President of Virtualahan; Sarah Queblatin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Green Releaf Initiative; and Engr. Cle Bern Paglinawan, Provincial Tourism Officer from the Province of Siquijor.   Climate change is the single biggest threat to sustainable development. Urgent climate action is essential to meet all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring inclusive economic growth, and protecting ecosystems.   The upcoming episode will feature organizations that are helping communities specifically on digital skills for persons with disabilities, zero waste and upcycling programs, and regenerative agriculture.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 16, 2021 Tuesday
MAYNILA, ika-17 ng Nobyembre 2021 — Muling itatampok sa ika-71 na episode ng seryeng "Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” ang mga organisasyong may mga simulaing tumulong sa ating mga pamayanan upang labanan ang climate change at mapabuti ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino.   Ang online na talakayan, na hango sa konsepto at pangunguna ng  three-term Senator, na ngayo’y Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, ay ipapalabas sa Huwebes, ika-18 ng Nobyembre 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live sa facebook.com/CCCPhl at facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Dalawang masuwerteng manonood ang maaaring manalo ng tablet sa  pag-tune in sa buong programa.   Kasama sa online discussion sina Ryan Gersava, Founder at President ng Virtualahan; Sarah Queblatin, Co-Founder at Executive Director ng Green Releaf Initiative; at Engr. Cle Bern Paglinawan, Provincial Tourism Officer ng Provincial Government of Siquijor.   Ang climate change ay ang pinakamalaking banta sa sustenableng pag-unlad. Mahalaga ang agarang climate action upang makamit ang lahat ng Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tulad ng pagpuksa sa kahirapan at kagutuman, ang pagsisiguro sa pangkalahatang economic growth, at ang pagprotekta sa mga ecosystem.   Pag-uusapan sa episode ang mga programa para sa mga persons with disabilities, zero waste at upcycling programs, pati na regenerative agriculture.   Bilang isang online na talakayan upang maisulong ang kamalayang pang-kapaligiran, at mga kasanayan sa paghahanda sa nagbabagong klima, naglalayon ang “Stories for a Better Normal” na baguhin ang kaisipan ng bawat Pilipino, mga pamilya at pamayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng mga paraan kung paano maisasakatuparan ang ‘better normal’ sa loob ng ating mga pamayanan.   Ang online na talakayan na ito ay na-organisa sa pagtutulungan ng tanggapan ni Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda at Climate Change Commission, na binigyang-suporta naman ng Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines at Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 16, 2021 Tuesday
MANILA, 16 November 2021 — In continuation of its COP26 Series, the 70th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” put spotlight to several organizations that are helping communities in the areas of water security, agriculture and food security, and waste and plastic pollution towards enhanced global climate action.   The online conversation conceptualized and hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, with CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera as co-host, featured guests including Jenica Dizon, Country Director of Waves for Water Philippines; Hazel Tanchuling, Executive Director of Rice Watch Action Network (R1); and Carlos Hechanova, co-Executive Director for Operations of makesense Philippines.   Ms. Dizon introduced Waves for Water Philippines, a humanitarian aid organization that focuses on providing clean water access to underserved communities.   “Ang climate change o ang sinasabing krisis sa klima ay primarily nararamdaman natin sa tubig. Either napakarami or binabaha tayo, or napaka-kaunti o meron tayong nararamdamang tagtuyot. Nakakaapekto ito hindi lang sa ating health o kalugusan, kundi maging sa ating pananim at food security. 'Yung kakainin natin ay maaapektuhan din. Kapag ang extreme weather events ay dumalas nang dumalas, maaapektuhan din ang ating mga trabaho, bahay, imprastraktura, pati na rin ‘yung pang-araw-araw nating pamumuhay,” said Dizon.   Ms. Tanchuling introduced Rice Watch Action Network (R1), a non-government organization that helps capacitate local communities and local government units through different projects and capacity-building activities, such as the Climate Resiliency Field School program, to promote sustainable livelihood and community resilience.   “We have the Climate-Resiliency Field School, at kakambal nito ang pag-capacitate ng local governments sa localization of climate services. We also assist in action community resiliency building and community organizing, at para ma-mainstream ‘yung climate-resilient agriculture in local government plans ay ina-assist din namin ang mga LGU in LCCAP formulation and enhancement, including ‘yung pagkakaroon nila ng agriculture and fisheries plans,” said Tanchuling.   Mr. Hechanova introduced makesense Philippines, an organization that promotes incubation and innovation for early stage social startups, especially in the field of plastics management.   “Ang pangarap namin is basically to see that every actor in the society is part of creating social and environmental change. Working on the climate emergency is not something that should be limited to certain organizations and certain actors. We should all be taking climate action together as a community, because it's a human problem,” said Hechanova.   Legarda lauded the climate initiatives of the guest organizations that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She underscored the need to carry out climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM), disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental conservation at all levels—from global down to national to local level and even to the smallest community—to ensure a more holistic approach towards resilience and sustainability.   "I'm proud that in my three terms as a Senator, even before the SDGs were implemented, the laws, programs, and policies that I wrote, implemented, and funded as Chair of the Senate Committee of Finance fall under the 17 SDGs. The challenge now is to make sure that we save a life, make sure that we roll it out to every LGU, and we make sure that every local chief executive understands all these laws, programs, and SDGs. Now is the time where we choose between extinction or survival," Legarda emphasized.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 15, 2021 Monday
MANILA, 10 November 2021 — Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, House Committee on Climate Change Chair and Bohol 1st District Representative Edgar Chatto, and Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago underscored the goals of the Philippines at the ongoing climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   World leaders have reconvened for COP26, after a year of postponement due to the pandemic, to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who is also the designated chairperson of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), leads the Philippine delegation.   In her privilege speech, Legarda discussed what the Philippines must push COP26 to deliver “if it is to be a summit of survival,” including securing a concrete delivery plan for the USD500 billion promised by developed countries, advancing action on the area of Loss and Damage, pushing emissions avoidance, and seeking more ambitious national climate targets around the world.   “The Parties at COP26 must agree on a clear and concrete delivery plan for the annual USD100 billion over five years pledged by developed countries to developing ones from 2020 to 2024—after which we expect the amount to increase,” Legarda said, adding that this pledge will help developing countries build their capacity to reduce emissions and adapt to the intensifying impacts of climate change.   “These twelve days of climate talks could well be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control. Today, November 8, the nation also commemorates the eighth anniversary of Supertyphoon Yolanda. Indeed, this climate summit is a make-or-break for the most vulnerable countries,” Legarda also said.   Rep. Chatto explained that our delegation hopes to get the finalization of rules for Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which involve modalities and procedures for implementing cooperative approaches between developed and developing countries.   “Our delegates need to ensure that developed countries will finally move with urgency to deliver on their commitments in terms of the Paris Agreement’s means of implementation, that is, through climate finance, technology transfer, and capacity building from developed countries to developing ones,” Chatto said.   “Without these, our country will not be able to develop the capacity and technical know-how we need to avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we will not be able to survive the worsening impacts of climate change,” he added.   Rep. Elago also expressed support to the call for accelerated actions to address planetary emergency and climate crisis, as well as to uphold climate justice.   “Ang Pilipinas ang isa po sa pinaka-vulnerable, pinaka-apektado ng climate crisis sa buong mundo, ngunit tayo rin po ang isa sa may pinakamaliit na kontribusyon sa CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Kaya nanawagan tayo na nawa’y di manatili sa mga papel, sa mga manifesto ‘yung mga commitment ng ating mga leaders kundi makita talaga natin ‘yan sa mga pagbabago sa ating mga kasalukuyang patakaran at legislation,” Rep. Elago said.   COP26 is hosted by the United Kingdom and is taking place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The summit brings world leaders together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC.
November 09, 2021 Tuesday
MANILA, 10 November 2021 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlights the importance of environmental education in strengthening climate action, in celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month this November.   Republic Act No. 9512 or the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008, coauthored by three-term Senator Loren Legarda, declares the month of November as Environmental Awareness Month.   Environmental education, according to the law, encompasses environmental concepts and principles, environmental laws, the state of international and local environment, local environmental best practices, the threats of environmental degradation and its impact on human well-being, the responsibility of the citizenry to the environment and the value of conservation, protection and rehabilitation of natural resources and the environment.   The law also mandates the integration of environmental education in school curricula at all levels, whether public or private, including in barangay daycare, preschool, non-formal, technical vocational, professional level, indigenous learning and out-of school youth courses or programs.   As the climate crisis continues to prevail, the CCC urges all agencies of government, academe, youth groups, and relevant stakeholders to strengthen information, education and communication programs, activities, and projects about the environment and the science of climate change, to bring all sectors and citizens together in protecting, restoring and enhancing our planet.   Aside from conventional classroom learning, the Commission encourages the public, especially the youth, to lead on spreading awareness about the state of our climate and promote simple, easy-to-do climate action, such as tree planting; waste reduction, segregation, recycling and composting; and marine and forest management and conservation.
November 09, 2021 Tuesday
MANILA, 10 November 2021 — The 70th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will feature organizations and initiatives that are helping communities adapt to climate change and work to improve the lives of Filipinos.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 11 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Jenica Dizon, Country Director of Waves for Water Philippines; Hazel Tanchuling, Executive Director of Rice Watch Action Network (R1); and Carlos Hechanova, co-Executive Director for Operations of makesense Philippines.   Climate change is the single biggest threat to sustainable development. Urgent climate action is essential to meet all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as eradicating poverty and hunger, providing safe water, ensuring healthy lives, and protecting ecosystems. COP26 presents an opportunity for the global community to accelerate action to fight climate change and build a sustainable future.   The upcoming episode will highlight organizations helping communities in the areas of water security, agriculture and food security, and waste and plastic pollution towards enhanced global climate action.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 09, 2021 Tuesday
TAKIP (cover in English) explores the feasibility of using wax from taro leaf (Alocasia macrorrhizos) as a for reusable face mask fabric to repel water. This can protect users from getting COVID-19 from droplets of water. Photo from the presentation of Kiara Raye Cartojano, inventor of Takip. MANILA, 9 November 2021 — In continuation of its COP26 Youth Series, the 69th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” once again highlighted the exemplary innovation of young Filipina innovators and advocacy campaigns of young leaders on climate change adaptation and mitigation.   The online conversation conceptualized and hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, with CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera as co-host, featured young inventors and climate advocates, including Engr. Aisa Mijeno, Inventor and Co-Founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt); Kiara Cartojano, Inventor of Takip (Taro Leaf Wax coating for reusable face mask fabric); Engr. Angelica Anne Munar, an International Eco-Concrete Competition Awardee; and Engr. Danielle Madriaga, Coordinator for The Climate Reality Project Philippines.   “The youth will continue to drive the climate ambition that we need to have as a global community, and the youth will always continue to keep the governments and decision-makers accountable. We hope for the Philippine delegation to deliver, to bring home what we really need here, the support, financing, technology, for us to be successful in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said Comm. Herrera.   The first three guests shared their outstanding innovations, such as the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt), a sustainable lamp powered by salt water; Eco-concrete made from recycled materials such as fly ash and waste glass combined with pozzolanic tuff; and Takip, a reusable face mask that uses Taro Leaf Wax as a hydrophobic coating for its fabric.   “We need to get ourselves involved because we are all going to be affected by climate change. Accessing of information, learning of what’s happening around is no longer an option, it is an obligation, not just for the youth, but for all of us. Moving and taking part in the solution should be our commitment, not just as a citizen of this country but also as an inhabitant of this world,” said Engr. Mijeno.   “What we can do as a youth is to be responsible for sharing climate information and awareness. Yung mga small actions po, like supporting local businesses that advocate for sustainability, that’s what the youth can also do in addressing the climate problem,” said Cartojano.   "Being eco-friendly does not only talking about shifting material decisions, it is also important to think about everything holistically, about your choices as a whole. Learning is actually limitless, but I believe leadership and sustainability should also be limitless,” said Engr Munar.   Engr. Madriaga, meanwhile, shared her journey as a Climate Reality Leader, the importance of green buildings, and the role of youth in the ongoing climate negotiations in Glasgow.   "To my fellow youth - Take this opportunity to be engaged because this is a critical decade for climate action. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, there's always something you can contribute. Take inspiration from the amazing youth innovators and leaders who were able to find a way to contribute in their own fields, and join us in manifesting a better reality, a better normal for all of us,” said Engr. Madriaga.   As a way of supporting young innovators, Deputy Speaker Legarda suggested for all their invention to be transmitted and proposed to the Department of Science and Technology for patenting.   "Lahat ng inventions ng ating mga kabataan ay dapat na mai-share sa DOST Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program at i-adopt, para hindi mawala sa kanila. May mga inventions sila, ngunit busy sa eskwela o walang pondong kapital, kaya nakakalimutan na, sayang lang. Now that we are doing the budget, we can provide an endorsement funding under the DOST-CEST," Deputy Speaker Legarda said.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 08, 2021 Monday
MANILA, 8 November 2021 — The Climate Change Commission joins the nation in commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) today, November 8, and calls for stronger anticipatory adaptation action to protect the lives of Filipinos as climate risks worsen.   “Eight years on, Yolanda remains a powerful reminder to strengthen our anticipatory adaptation measures to protect Filipinos amid worsening climate risks, and make sure they and future generations will not have to suffer like our people did in 2013,” said the Commission.   This year’s commemoration comes as the world is in deep talks at the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland. COP26 has been touted as a critical climate summit, especially with the past decade emerging as the warmest on record and with more extreme weather events including typhoons, heatwaves, floods, and forest fires worsening all over the world because of the effects of climate change—effects that disproportionately impact climate-vulnerable countries like the Philippines.   The climate body said that “The latest climate science shows that the coming climate change impacts can be even more frequent and more severe for vulnerable countries like the Philippines, ranked as 4th in the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index of countries most affected by climate-related disasters in the last decade. To be proactive in protecting the lives and livelihoods of Filipinos at the local level, we must build up scientific knowledge on local hazards in our communities to develop risk-adaptive measures. For every coastal community, we must know the risk of storm surge that may go inland and submerge homes, farmland, and other properties. Early warning systems will only be effective if they are actionable, and this means they must consist of understandable information down to the last mile."   Anticipatory or proactive adaptation refers to measures that must take place even before the impacts of climate change are observed, instead of simply reacting to them. Aside from building knowledge on local hazards and strengthening early warning systems, other possible measures include setting new building codes and design standards to address likely hazards, providing incentives for relocating and retrofitting, purchasing insurance and other social protection to cushion losses and unemployment, and adjusting housing conditions to extreme weather events.   Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council estimate that Yolanda, which made a total of six landfalls from November 8, 2013, affected over 16 million and displaced 5.1 million people, and caused over P95 billion in damages. One of the strongest tropical cyclones in world recorded history, it left 6,300 dead, more than 1,000 missing, and over 28,000 injured in all affected areas.
November 07, 2021 Sunday
MANILA, 3 November 2021 — The 69th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will once again feature Filipino youth innovators and leaders and their innovations and advocacy campaigns on climate change adaptation and mitigation to inspire more youth to innovate toward a healthy, resilient, and sustainable future.   The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 4 November 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CCCPhl and facebook.com/iamlorenlegarda. Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.   Joining the online conversation are Engr. Aisa Mejino, Inventor and Co-Founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt); Engr. Angelica Anne Munar, an International Eco-Concrete Competition Awardee; Kiara Cartojano, Inventor of Takip (Taro Leaf Wax coating for reusable face mask fabric); and Engr. Danielle Madriaga, Coordinator for The Climate Reality Project Philippines.   The youth are leading the charge on climate action. As nations gather to step up climate ambition at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), the voice of the youth on the need for urgent climate solutions should be amplified. Countries must redouble efforts to support the youth who are working for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and environmental sustainability.   The upcoming episode shall recognize the Filipino youth innovators and grassroots leaders, to encourage and inspire their fellow youth to be the innovators of the future and contribute to the mitigation of climate change.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.
November 02, 2021 Tuesday
MANILA, 3 November 2021 — The Climate Change Commission, in partnership with the Oscar M. Lopez Center, has launched the second Klima Film Festival (KFF) 2021 with the theme, “Adapting for a Sustainable Future: Stepping Up Local Climate Action in a Post-Pandemic World” as it aims to reach  young filmmakers and mobilize them as communicators on the importance of scaling up local climate action.   This year’s KFF specifically focuses on harnessing the potential of films in building awareness and understanding of the climate crisis, and driving action to address its causes and impacts; urging the youth in amplifying the importance of local climate solutions to further increase their influence on local climate policy-making, and generating local climate adaptation stories as viewed by young Filipino filmmakers by providing venue for the production and promotion of climate science-based short films.   In the digital launch held October 29, the CCC and OMLC welcomed the interested youth participants and introduced the mechanics of the film festival.   “On this second year of KFF, I am confident that our youth will make us proud again. Give all your best. Let your creativity flow and shine through. And make a world of difference in building a healthier, safer, and more secure future for all Filipinos,” said CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman.   “I'm looking forward to the entries for this year's Klima Film Festival. The youth is the future, not just of our nation, but of the planetary climate. You will inherit the climate, and to a large degree, you are also influencing what the future climate will be. Therefore, your voice is so important in this conversation,” said OML Center Executive Director Dr. Rodel D. Lasco.   “As one of the members of the youth who have the dedication, the resiliency or have the ability to adapt to change, our love for making different films were affected too by the pandemic.  However, let's remember, fellow youth, that if one door has closed, there's always hope that it will open a new opportunity to come,” said Jerome Pineda of Aquarian Eye Media, who was awarded last year for Best Film for his KFF entry ‘Our World’.   “This prestigious event will not just showcase the talents of the youth, but enables them to learn more about climate change in their locality and translate it into a creative way. By this, the youth will become the tool to educate the people about what we can do to have a sustainable future, and how much time we have left, that we have to move, and that we have to take responsibility as it is all in our hands,” said Mikone Joshua Calungsod of Ang Maharlika Productions, winner of the KFF 2020 Second Best Film for "Verdant."   Chairperson Mary Liza B. Diño of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and Mr. Butch Ibañez, Vice Head of the National Committee on Cinema of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, were present to support the launch.   “We need loud, energetic, aggressive voices to disturb the downturn and talk about saving rather than wasting. Like Greta Thunberg, KFF and its young invested filmmakers are now about to join this revolution," said Chair Diño.   “The best part of watching any films is what comes right after. The impact. To all the filmmakers, may your films shine a light into array, a spark may be small but within us all, it can be mighty,” said Mr. Ibañez.   The youth participants also joined the General Assembly – the first of the two-part learning workshops for the KFF, where the rationale of the KFF theme, contest mechanics, forms, and gender considerations were discussed.   For the next steps, participants are expected to submit their film concept or synopsis and their team information through the Official Registration of the KFF which can be accessed through this link https://bit.ly/KFF2021TeamRegistration to proceed to the  Climate Film Labs.   Each Climate Film Lab will involve science and film mentors who shall guide the teams on the technical soundness of storytelling and the craft of filmmaking.   For more details about the Klima Film Festival, visit the official Facebook pages of the Climate Change Commission and Oscar M. Lopez Center at https://www.facebook.com/CCCPhl and https://www.facebook.com/OMLopezCenter.   To access the 2020 KFF winners and entries, contact the KFF Secretariat at klimafilmfestival2021@gmail.com.   
November 02, 2021 Tuesday
Photo from the World Meteorological Organization MANILA, 2 November 2021 — The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) officially starts this week, with the primary goal of increasing ambition and enhancing the Paris Agreement's implementation guidelines to keep the goal of limiting global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach.   COP26 President Alok Sharma, MP of the United Kingdom, vowed to move the negotiations forward by resolving the outstanding issues, promoting opportunities for green growth, green jobs, and cheaper, cleaner energy, and launching a decade of every increasing ambition and action.   “The rapidly changing climate is sounding an alarm to the world, to step up on adaptation, to address loss and damage, and to act now to keep 1.5C alive. We know that this COP, COP26, is our last best hope to keep 1.5C in reach, and I know that we have an unprecedented negotiations agenda ahead of us. But I believe, this international system can deliver,” said Sharma.   United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa called upon the Parties to complete the necessary work towards the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Aside from lowering greenhouse gas emissions, the Paris Agreement should prioritize adaptation agenda, address loss and damage from extreme weather events, and increase the provision of support to developing countries.   “We need to significantly increase financial support, especially for the most vulnerable countries. We also need to accelerate the development and implementation of National Adaptation Plans. A clear path to solutions exists. I call upon all Parties to recapture the spirit of multilateralism that resulted in the adoption of the Paris Agreement and fulfill their commitments under it,” said Espinosa.   Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairperson Dr. Hoesung Lee highlighted the importance of science in shaping government policies. Prior to the COP, the IPCC released in August the first part of its ongoing Sixth Assessment Report, which laid out the most up-to-date physical science basis for the understanding of the climate system and climate change.   “I encourage everyone to seize the moment, seize the opportunity this gathering offers. We, the scientific community, are ready to work with you on the understanding of scientific evidence of climate change, its impacts and adaptions and how these translate into realities of climate action,” said Dr. Lee.   76th UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid echoed the key messages from the membership of the General Assembly, which include accelerating efforts to ensure that all countries have access to the latest technological innovations; ensure that monetary pledges to net-zero targets are utilized, prioritized, or measured; ensure 50/50 split, in adaptation and mitigation financing; and lead the youth towards blue and green economies.   “Only one variable remains, and it is us. We have to make the choice to address climate change. We have to choose the hard but necessary actions. We have to listen to the science and, increasingly, our global population, who are demanding action,” said Shahid.   Coinciding with the opening of COP26 is the release of the provisional ‘State of the Global Climate 2021’ by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report draws from the latest scientific evidence to show how the planet is changing “before our eyes.”   The study provides a snapshot of climate indicators such as greenhouse gas concentrations, temperatures, extreme weather, sea level, ocean warming and ocean acidification, glacier retreat and ice melt, as well as socio-economic impacts.   The report finds that the past seven years, including 2021, are likely to be the warmest on record as greenhouse gases reached record concentrations in the atmosphere. Moreover, global sea level rise accelerated to a new high in 2021, with continued ocean warming and ocean acidification.   Based on the data from the months of January to September of this year, the global mean temperature was about 1.09°C above the 1850-1900 average. This may place 2021 as the sixth or seventh warmest year on record globally. But the ranking may change at the end of the year.   Following the release of the report, the Philippines, through the statement of Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., asked the developed and industrialized countries “to absorb the brunt of hard solutions” and “help those will less capacity, who even now are taking as much of the brunt as they can, without equivocation or purpose of evasion.”   The 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC or #COP26 is a global gathering to adopt an action plan for all countries to tackle the climate crisis together. It takes place from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. To know the latest updates about the COP26, visit https://ukcop26.org/.
November 01, 2021 Monday
Pili Seal is a new product innovation of sealant for aircraft integral fuel tank made from the waste of Pili Tree Resin which is also called as “spent resin” or “de-oiled resin”. It was hailed as the 2021 National Winner of the Philippine James Dyson Award. Photo from the presentation of Mark Kennedy Bantugon, the inventor of Pili Seal. MANILA, 2 November 2021 — The 68th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” highlighted the exemplary innovation of young Filipino scientists and advocacy campaigns of young leaders on climate change adaptation and mitigation.   The online conversation conceptualized and hosted by three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, with Atty. Ipat Luna and CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera as co-hosts, featured guests including Mark Kennedy Bantugon, Inventor of Pili Seal and James Dyson Awardee 2021; Naiah Mendoza, Co-inventor of Project FEET and World Robot Olympiad Canada 2020-X Awardee; Adelle Yuson, a physicist from Central Mindanao University; and Marinel Ubaldo, a Climate Reality Leader and the Advocacy Officer for Ecological Justice and Youth Engagement of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines.                                                             Legarda urged the national and world leaders to support young scientists, youth leaders, and young environmental innovators who are working on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and environmental sustainability, and hear their voices in calling for climate justice.   "I hope that the youth's presence in Glasgow will really deliver the message of climate justice. We did not cause it, we are 0.3% emitter in global greenhouse gas emissions in the world, but we bear the brunt. But we must not wallow in pity or poverty, because we can do something, not just to mitigate or to reduce our use of fossil fuels, but also to adapt. As Global Champion for Adaptation, my advocacy is to share climate-adaptive practices to the youth, to the agriculture sector, to the business and industry sector, and to everybody,” said Legarda.   The first three guests shared their outstanding innovations, most of which are made from waste materials.   “I want to share not only my invention, but most importantly, its authentic message and intention in sustainable advocacy. I want to introduce a new perspective that a specific waste material, like Pili Tree resin, can give a new function which is beneficial to our community,” said Bantugon.   "Yung project FEET po, more than creating it for the sake of winning the competition, mas importante po na makatulong tayo sa ibang tao at sa ating mundo. Kaya palaging pinaaalala sa amin na everytime na may sasalihan kami, hindi lang dapat mag-isip para sa sarili lang namin, habang bata pa ay magtulungan tayo para in the future, mapigilan natin yung damaging effects ng climate change na nakakaalarma po talaga ngayon,” said Mendoza.   “Being exposed to various experiences allowed me to strive for sustainability, and being a physicist, I am proud to say that from climate to energy, physics has been key to the most pressing issues. I hope that our researchers and scientists would be able to get out of the lab and make it happen for people to enjoy and help make this world a better place to live in,” said Yuson.   Ms. Ubaldo, meanwhile, shared her experiences in mainstreaming climate change issues in her hometown in Samar and their organization’s advocacy in fighting for climate justice.   "In our manifesto during the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition in Milan, we are requesting countries to ensure the systematic and meaningful engagement by scaling up capacity-building programs and dedicating funds to support the youth participation in decision-making at the multilateral, national, and local levels," said Ubaldo.   As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.   This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation. 
November 01, 2021 Monday