10 teams selected to advance ‘Klimathon’ final stage and undergo mentorship sessions from industry experts

Published January 28, 2022, 8:40 AM

by Enzo Luna

The top 10 finalists and mentors gathered during the showcase together with Nestlé Philippines and the Climate Change Commission during the virtual showcase. Also present was Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez who talked about the role of the youth in mitigating climate change

“Klimathon: Our Race Towards a Net-Zero Reality” is the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) and Nestlé Philippines’ way of providing a platform for Filipino youth to develop new and workable solutions that can help address pressing climate concerns and ensure that this campaign rolls out innovations that will push more climate action and benefit a sustainable living environment.

Klimathon, which addresses climate change through technological innovations and sustainable programs, was launched in October 2021, and students and young innovators were invited to submit project concepts focusing on any of three pillars: plastic waste management, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and food security.

Climate change’s effects have gradually worsened around the world, with countries experiencing more severe weather and sea levels rising at an increasing rate. Without immediate action, these are only expected to worsen, with the next generation bearing the brunt of the burden.

Recognizing this, the youth are taking action to mitigate climate change in a variety of ways, including supporting environmental causes, reducing their carbon footprint, and raising awareness about the current climate situation. When it comes to climate action, the United Nations has even referred to them as “agents of change, entrepreneurs, and innovators.”

10 teams present project concepts at the virtual Klimathon Finalist Showcase

After receiving entries from participants nationwide, CCC and Nestlé have selected 10 teams that will advance to the final stage of the Klimathon and undergo a mentoring program led by experts in the fields of sustainability, agriculture, energy, and technology. The finalists presented their project concepts during the virtual Klimathon Finalist Showcase.

Each of the top 10 entries exemplified the youth’s innovative thinking and out of the box approach in helping to address environmental concerns in the country. From upcycling fish food waste into bioplastic to solar-powered temperature and humidity-controlled food storage boxes.

During the event, the members of the mentoring pool were also introduced to help participants refine their proposed solutions and support them the as they become more involved in climate action moving forward.

After the mentoring sessions, the three winning teams will be named at the Klimathon Finals happening in April 2022. Special citation awards will be given to entries that embody and promote gender empowerment, originality, and community participation.

“When the CCC and Nestlé Philippines launched this competition last year, we aimed to showcase what the Filipino youth can offer when it comes to climate action. We want to provide an avenue where they can freely create and develop sustainability-focused ideas for the environment. Knowing more about their innovative and refreshing project concepts today, I do believe we have achieved this goal,” said Ludwig O. Federigan, Chief of Information and Knowledge Management Division from the Climate Change Commission.

Nestle Philippines AVP for Sustainability and Public Affairs, Christine Ponce-Garcia, also commended the young finalists: “Seeing these bright minds come together shows us that the future is indeed bright as we journey towards a net-zero reality. At Nestlé PH, we celebrate the youth engaged in climate action with their vision and passion. They will be the leaders in ensuring a healthier, more livable planet that they will inherit.”