Youth tapped in climate change drive

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The government plans to increasingly tap the youth in addressing climate change by including youth-oriented activities in the advocacy campaign so youngsters can better understand climate change and its impact on the country.

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“It is important for all of us to join forces in addressing climate change,” Environment Undersecre–tary Demetrio Ignacio said during the launch of the climate change advocacy campaign.

He said the youth should also be aware of the impacts of climate change because with awareness comes understanding, then concern and action on the matter.

Among those who attended the launch were over 20 sixth graders from the Mines Elementary School in Quezon City.

The Metro Manila campaign is part of the nationwide climate change advocacy drive DENR and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) launched last month also in Metro Manila. The drive is anchored on the theme ‘Nagbabago na ang panahon, panahon na para magbago’ which urges change amidst the changing times.

Latest government medium assumption projections indicate the youth sector’s potential for boosting the campaign against climate change. The projections show people below 30 years old will account for almost half of the country’s expected 142 million-strong population by 2040.

Ignacio stressed the need for concerted action, noting the people and environment are at risk.

“Studies show the Philippines is among countries most threatened by the changing climate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Com–munications Operations Office Undersecretary Jess Yu cited the need for adaptation and mitigation measures that will help the country cope with the adverse effects of climate change.

“The ffects of global warming and climate change are already felt worldwide, prompting world leaders to lobby for climate change adaptation and mitigation,” Yu said.

Among the youth-oriented activities that seeks to boost the climate change advocacy campaign in Metro Manila are a pup- pet roadshow covering schools, climate information dissemination through social media and pro–duction of e-comics.

PNA

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