The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be hosting a youth forum aimed at educating young people and urging them to become more actively involved in efforts to address the causes and impacts of climate change.
The forum, entitled “Responding to Climate Change: The Voices of the Filipino Youth,” will be held on August 29 at the Luxent Hotel on Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
Close to a hundred student leaders from Metro Manila universities and colleges and representatives from various youth organizations are expected to attend the forum organized by the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management (PATLEPAM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV).
Director Jonas Leones, OIC-Director of the EMB, said the forum was intended to highlight the important role the Filipino youth play in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
“Our young people are especially capable to promote environmental awareness because they continue to live in an era where environmental issues have loomed large,” Leones pointed out. “They can certainly introduce fresh ideas and outlooks to issues that affect the state of our environment,” he added.
The organizers have invited Albay Gov. Joey Salceda and Secretary Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission, to deliver messages to the participants.During the forum, youth leaders will be presented with the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be presented by Dr. Rodel Lasco, scientific director of the OML Center, a private foundation committed to research in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Dr. Lasco is a member of the IPCC, the 2007 co-awardee of the Nobel Peace Prize.
There will also be discussions on the integrated efforts that would enable the youth sector to plan coordinated actions to respond to climate change issues and concerns in the country, including the need to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance resilience of communities.
A United Nations study noted that the Filipino youth is actively engaged at local, national and global levels in raising awareness, running educational programs, conserving our nature, promoting renewable energy, adopting eco-friendly practices and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. #