The National Youth Commission scores a major breakthrough in its advocacy campaign on #NowPH ( Not on Our Watch ) with the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 1160 signed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino declaring November 25 and every year thereafter as National Day for Youth in Climate Action.
This unprecedented move is envisioned to boost further the #NowPH advocacy campaign that seeks to cushion the impact of disasters brought about by climate change by promoting environment-friendly lifestyles and through proper utilization of resources among the youth.
“The issuance of this landmark document is a clear manifestation of the government’s concerted efforts that will provide opportunities to the youth to engage in activities that promote the adoption of a climate-smart lifestyle,” said Usec Gio Tingson, NYC Chairperson.
It may be recalled that in the 2014 World Risk Report that was published by the United Nations, the Philippines is now ranked second among the countries in the world with the highest degree of risk and vulnerability in times of disasters.
“The proclamation is very timely and significant because our country is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, where discussion on the effects of climate change to the world’s economy is not a remote possibility. World leaders need to conduct a serious assessment on climate change to be able to draw unified plans of action to address vulnerabilities of stakeholders,” stressed Asec Jose Sixto Dantes III, NYC Commissioner and Chairman of the NYC Committee on Environment who is spearheading the multisector campaign.
The heads of state attending this year’s APEC Summit are expected to participate in the forthcoming 21st Conference of Parties in Paris, France that seeks to formulate a legally binding agreement to address the issue of global warming.
With the issuance of Presidential Proclamation 1160, the NYC in partnership with the Climate Change Commission and other stakeholders is mandated to spearhead activities to drum up cooperation, participation, and support of everyone to the #Now PH advocacy.
On November 25, the NYC and the CCC, together with its international development partners such as the UNICEF, Friedrich Naumann for Freedom Foundation(FNF) and the USAID, among others, will hold a day-long activities starting at 7 in the morning at the Rizal High School in Pasig City to display a 1,100 strong human banner to depict the Filipino youth’s message to the world leaders set to meet in December for the scheduled 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, France. In the afternoon, a Greeneration /NowPH summit will be held at the SMX Convention Center to present the summary results of the #NowPH campaign and thank its partners.
The UNICEF and the NYC will also launch the D-Quest E-Learning program that teaches students the concept of disaster risk reduction (DRR) at the SMX Convention Center.
The #NowPH campaign supports the Philippine government’s position calling for a world cap of not more than two degrees celcius to the global temperature that can be achieved through dramatic cuts to the world’s greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions.
“We are now more than inspired to continue the work that we started. Our hard work has initially paid off and we are up to the challenge in breathing life to what was once a huge task. Let us all move fast enough almost on double time before everything turns from bad to worst. We cannot wait. The time to act is NOW. Our dreams for us and our children will never be realized unless we collectively take the cudgel for a better future,” ended Dantes.