By Joshua Mirabuna and Gladys Ebrada
with a report from Renzle Mae Miranda
from The Bicol Universitarian
ALBAY, PHILIPPINES – In order to discuss pressing issues on climate action efforts, youth delegates from Southeast Asian Countries gathered in the first-ever climate action summit dubbed as Power Shift Philippines, March 10-12, 2017 at Patio de Cagsawa, Daraga.
A total of 79 delegates from Southeast Asian nations including Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia participated in this event.
In line with one of the Sustainable Development Goals laid by United Nations, this summit targets to create and mobilize action plans relating to climate action initiatives of the youth delegates.
Bicol University - University Student Council together with The Climate Reality Project Philippines and other partner organizations spearheaded the three-day summit composed of talks and discussions from environmentalists and climate action advocates.
A.G. Saño, a world-renowned artist and conservationist, delivered a talk about how the youth should see the world and the environment. He shared his learnings and experiences during the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which urged him to be an advocate of climate action.
Engr. Marjorie Atole, Assistant Professor I of Partido State University; Atty. Allan V. Barcena, Manager of the Watershed Management Department; Ms. Liezel Bobadilla-Salagubang, Forester; Mr. Ludwig O. Federigan, the Executive Director of Young Environmental Forum; Mr. Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner of Greenpeace; Dr. Noralene Uy from Oscar M. Lopez Center, and Ms. Ma. Andrea Jane A. Pimentel were the resource speakers in the first day of the summit.
Participants expressed their excitement towards learning new ideas and meeting people through Power Shift Philippines.
"Basically, I could use it to further analyze my arguments. I could also apply it to myself, though I could also share it with another person. Lastly, as a contributor to the society, at least a person could help, at least a changed person could help," Paul Lester Dellosa, a participant from the Philippines said.
A delegate from Indonesia, Rizcar Maulana, stated that he will share all the learnings he will gain from the summit through the social media to influence the youth and generate change through actions.
On the second day of the summit, the delegates will be involved in community immersion as well as coral, mangrove and tree planting. These activities will take place in selected areas in Albay.