Change? You start where it matters, at home.
WHEW What a month!! Recently, I have had the opportunity to work for the Philippine Senate Oversight Committee on Climate Change, formed by Senator Loren Legarda. It has been an honor to travel around my beautiful country to visit schools, universities, & barangays to run 'Climate Hero' forums. We award 'Climate Hero's,' stewards of Climate Change in my country, and help educate the youth on Climate Change. I was greatly inspired by the International Youth Climate Movement that I had the fortune to experience in Copenhagen at the UNFCCC conference last December. Since then I have been able to build the Philippine Youth Climate Movement. Our goal is to mobilize all the youth in the Philippines to take action on Climate Change.
So far, in the past month, Climate Hero Forum has accomplished:
1. Visit of 25 Schools in Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao
2. Engaged 30,000++ students
3. 1,000++ members who have signed up with Philippine Youth Climate Movement
4. Awarding of 20 Climate Hero's
5. 100,000 trees commitment to join our World Forest Day launching of 1-M tree Challenge!
At the 'Suroy-Suroy' Sugbo event in Cebu, a project by Governor Gwen Garcia. Esperanza Garcia with Senator Loren Legarda, Regional Champion of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction & Philippine Senator running for Vice President in the Philippines election 2010.
I would like to thank Sen. Legarda, Atty. Antonio La Vina, Karen Gatus, Rafi Abubakar, Jessie James Marcellones, Bek Evangelista, Joy Aquino, Loraine Tala, Zyon Aquino, Jella Villanueva, Arch. Chris de la Cruz, Nestor Necesito, Edgar Geguiento, Ernie Rojo & ATTY Tony Oposa, amongst many other people, who helped in building this team & integral movement! We have grown so much in a month- which only goes to say how dire this movement is in our country! I arrived in the Philippines two months ago without any environmental networks- YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN! SALAMAT PO SA INYONG LAHAT for all your hard work & time!