Quezon City — To join the worldwide observance of Earth Day this year, The Climate Reality Project Philippines will host a series of virtual events on its Facebook page from 19 to 24 April 2021.

 

With the theme “A Resilient and Sustainable Planet: Celebrating The Earth We Envision To Live In,” this week-long celebration that will feature climate and sustainability commitments and solutions, as well as literary, visual, and musical performances.

Here is the line-up of activities:

 

1. Pledge for a Better Earth, Better Reality (April 19, 1:00 PM, GMT+8)

This event will unveil commitments by Climate Reality Leaders, allies in the environment and climate change movement, and government officials to help address the prevailing environmental and climate crisis.

It will feature pledges for the planet from Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Pia Cayetano, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Joel Villanueva, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Rep. Edgar M. Chatto, and Rep. Sarah Elago, and representatives from organizations such as Solar Hope, Wavefarers, Salingsing Youth Organization, Greenpeace, Rotary, Rotaract, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment and Management Bureau.

2. Earthivism Virtual Exhibit (April 20, 8:00 PM, GMT+8)

Artworks by Climate Reality Leaders and other environmental advocates will be showcased in this virtual show. Hosted by Ms. Padma Perez of the Agam Agenda, the show will feature climate artivists (artists+activists) Vanessa Carantes, Alyanna Carreon, Angelica Clamor, Riel Diala, Ana Luisa Laplana, Jessryn Marie Lim, and Diana Grace Manalastas as they take us through the process of creating for climate action.

3. Flicker of Hope: A Mini-Documentary on Sustainability (April 21, 8:00 PM, GMT+8)

Narrated by Climate Reality Leader and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, this mini-documentary will feature stories of local communities and organizations that are leading the way for clean energy, sustainable urban mobility, and waste management solutions. This documentary was created in partnership with SOLAR Hope, Light of Hope PH, MNL Moves, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, 350 Pilipinas, and First Gen Corporation.

4. Climate ConcEarth (April 22, 8:00 PM, GMT+8)

This is an evening of songs and performances by Climate Reality Leaders and other climate advocates from the Philippines and Indonesia. The song, “Look Around,” which was composed by Climate Reality Leader Daphne Siega, will also be launched. This event is in partnership with The Climate Reality Project Indonesia, HeroLabs OPC SPACE I/O, Crea 8 Innov 8 Marketing, Kingflute Philippines, and Filbamboo Exponents.

5. Mindful Earth (April 23, 6:30 PM, GMT+8)

This meditation and yoga session will be open to everyone who will tune in to our Facebook page. Ms. Justine Kayne Cordero, Founder of Women’s Fitness PH, Ms. Zara Carbonell, Founder of The Social Start Up, and Ms. Gelie Dela Peña, Founder of Pranalaya Yoga and Wellness will deliver a short talk on mindfulness and lead meditation, yoga, and grounding sessions. This event is in partnership with Women’s Fitness PH and Blackwood PH.

6. Ang Huling Plastic Private Screening (April 23, 6:00 PM, GMT+8)

This private showing of the Greenpeace Philippines’ documentary film Ang Huling Plastic is exclusive to Climate Reality Leaders. Marian Ledesma, Zero-Waste Campaigner at Greenpeace, will be joining the event as a resource speaker on the impacts of the plastic crisis on the most vulnerable Filipino communities. Breakout room discussions will follow.

7. Klimatotohanan: Unearthing SEA Youth’s Vision for a Better Reality (April 24, 3:00 PM, GMT+8)

This Earth Day special episode will tackle the climate crisis through the lens of the Youth of Southeast Asia (SEA). Young Climate Reality Leaders from the Philippines and Indonesia will share their stories and harrowing experiences of climate change impacts and their initiatives to help pave the way for a truly resilient and sustainable planet. This event is in partnership with The Climate Reality Project Indonesia.

This series of events aims to foster a sense of hope and inspire the Filipino people to pursue more sustainable ways of living.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it is now recognized as the largest secular observance in the world.

Celebrations of Earth Day in recent years have recognized the increasing urgency of environmental conservation and restoration as the impacts of climate change intensifies. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth,” which puts the focus on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.