Raising the awareness of the citizens on what they can do to about climate change is a big factor in mitigating the effects of climate change.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), every year observes Climate Consciousness Week “to create awareness on global warming and climate change by pursuing broad and intensive public information and education campaigns to secure the cooperation of the private and public sector.”
Climate Consciousness Week was held Nov. 19-25 with the theme “Sama-samang Tumutugon sa Hamon ng Nagbabagong Klima.”
“With the recently concluded COP27 climate conference in Egypt, the DENR prepared for an intensive information drive to teach Filipinos how to combat climate change and its drastic effects starting this year,” Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Climate Change, Analiza Rebuelita-Teh said.
Among the activities were webinars and workshops on environment issues, a short film competition, and an award ceremony for climate and disaster resiliency.
On Nov. 21, DENR, the Department of Finance (DOF), the Climate Change Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank conducted a climate investment forum titled “Turning Climate Commitments to Action” in Quezon City.
The DENR and the Department of Energy (DOE) also facilitated a workshop on Cool Contributions Fighting Climate Change, or C4II. The project aims “to support the Philippines in the transition towards climate-friendly initiative in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.”
Other activities were: “Journey Towards Resilience: Increasing Hope in Youth (Paglalakbay Patungo sa Katatagan),” or a knowledge-sharing activity; a discussion about the recent COP27 on DENR’s Tinig Klima Radio Program; and an award ceremony for winners of the agency’s Sining LIKHASAN Special or short film, among others. (Faith Argosino)