Together with former US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore, Filipinos added their voices to the global chorus demanding climate action.
On November 13th and 14th, the world came together to demand global leaders to combat climate change at COP21 in December. This year’s fifth-annual 24 Hours of Reality webcast event, hosted by The Climate Reality Project and Live Earth, broadcasted live from the iconic Champ de Mars in Paris with video footage from around the world including special live footage from the Philippines on November 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Airing two weeks prior to the monumental Paris climate negotiations, the event served as a reminder for global leaders that the world is watching. Featuring stories from around the world, presentations by global climate leaders, renowned musical acts, interactive components and celebrity video segments, this year’s 24 Hours of Reality has been the most expansive yet.
“We have been focused during the last year on improving the chances for success at the Paris negotiations, and building the political will necessary for significant action at COP21,” said Al Gore. “In three weeks, when global leaders arrive in Paris for the most significant round of climate negotiations for the last two decades, we will truly be at a turning point. Millions of individuals worldwide have called for a strong emissions reductions agreement at COP21. We are working to make sure those requests are honored so we can move on to the next phase of our journey to a healthy and prosperous future.”
“The climate crisis has continually resulted in the loss of lives and livelihoods across the country, and there is an urgent need for all the world leaders to come up with a strong agreement and act on it,” said Climate Reality Philippines manager Rodne Galicha. “Beyond our submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to cut carbon emissions, the grassroots communities are determined to reclaim the power for a clean sustainable future. The rest of the world is not only watching for the outcomes of COP21 but are already acting on climate solutions.”
Adding Filipino voices to the global refrain ahead of COP21 will raise awareness of the significant impacts of climate change while also examining both local and global solutions to put us in the best position possible to make a global impact.
In addition to Al Gore and Climate Reality President and CEO Ken Berlin, the ShoulderHill Entertainment produced broadcast will include a list of elected officials, celebrities, musicians, climate advocates, world-class scientists and other special guests from the Philippines and around the world including, Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News Reporter; Sam Champion, The Weather Channel’s Most Watched Weather Anchor; Maria Elena Estares, Program and Training Director; Conserving for Tomorrow Foundation and Renee Karunungan, Adopt a Negotiator.
For more information, visit www.24hoursofreality.org