Philippine partners hold Climate Change forum, join March for Science
Philippine TWHA-Solidagro-Kiyo consortium partners commemorated Earth Day with a forum on Climate Change, and by joining in the global March for Science.
To commemorate Earth Day, the Climate Change Network for Community-based Initiatives (CCNCI) conducted a forum entitled, Climate Change: Crisis, Context, and Calls for Change. The forum sought to help the audience to have a deeper understanding of the climate change, its historical context, and how its impacts affect vulnerable countries like the Philippines.
CCNCI is a common partner of TWHA and its consortium partner, Solidagro. It is an alliance of organizations working in relation to climate change, environmental rights and sustainable development namely, the Philippine Network of Food Security Programs, also a Solidagro partner, the Center for Environment Concerns, the Citizen’s Disaster Response Center and Advocates for Community Health.
The forum was attended by representatives of the TWHA-Solidagro-Kiyo consortium partners and several other organizations belonging to the Philippine progressive social movement. At the end of the forum, the participants resolved to unify and strengthen more the struggle for climate justice and human and environmental rights.
On Earth Day, they took part in the global event, March for Science as they joined various environment, student and scientist groups in said solidarity march which was held simultaneously in hundreds of cities around the world.
The March for Science was organized by USA-based scientists in the wake of President Trump’s outright dismissal of the science of climate change and his contempt towards scientific consensus and exclusion of scientific knowledge in policy decisions.
March for Science soon grew into a global movement of people to defend science as an indispensable tool for policy making and sustainable development. The March for Science in the Philippines was hosted by progressive scientists group, AGHAM-Advocates of Science and Technology for the People.
In the Philippines, the call is particularly focused on the development of the local science and technology to serve nation building and the development of Filipino industries guided by the people’s needs and environmental protection over profit.
It seeks to highlight how the struggle for the development of science and technology is intertwined with that of the environment and of the people: that science and technology can provide concrete solutions for the real issues faced by the Filipino people.
After the march, CCNCI engaged the participants, particularly the children, in Filipino traditional games imbued with themes related to climate change and the environment. The activity aimed at raising the awareness of the children about the causes of climate change and environmental degradation and what they can contribute to environmental protection.