Quezon City — The Climate Reality Project Philippines and Indonesia will join forces to build a more collaborative network of Climate Reality Leaders that will drive climate and sustainability actions in the Southeast Asian Region.

 

This partnership was announced last 24 April 2021 during the special Earth Day episode of Klimatotohanan, a fortnightly Facebook webcast produced by The Climate Reality Project Philippines.

The Philippine and Indonesian Branches are two of the 11 country offices of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to using strategic communications and grassroots strategies to educate government and private sector leaders and the public about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

Together, the two branches handle almost 2,000 Climate Reality Leaders with diverse backgrounds and expertise who are working to solve the climate crisis in their respective industries and communities.

“Through this partnership, we will pursue collaboration in advancing climate action through the arts, strengthening youth engagement for climate action, developing information, education, and communication materials on the impacts of climate change in the region, and facilitating joint initiatives of Filipino and Indonesian Climate Reality Leaders and climate scientists,” Nazrin Castro, Manager of the Philippines Branch, said.

An initial result of this partnership is the collaboration of the respective youth clusters of both branches on the special Earth Day Klimatotohanan webcast, which delved into stories of how young climate advocates from the Philippines and Indonesia learned about the environmental and climate crisis, what they are doing to address the climate crisis, and what drives them to keep going.

The episode featured Clarence Gio Almoite, Project Coordinator of Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities; Jayson M. Villeza, Environmental Management Specialist for the City Government of Muntinlupa and founder of the coffee shop on bicycle wheels, Bike and Break Fast Café; Abigail Ng, Vice President for Externals of Project Pulo; Anindita Sekar Jati, New Energy Nexus  Communications Manager for Indonesia and Southeast Asia; Atika Rahmah, a communication staff at the Climate Change Advisory Council of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia; and Jonathan Davy, the co-founder and CEO of Ecoxyztem.

The collaboration between the youth groups will go beyond Earth Day and will include organizing networking activities and other events that will serve as platforms for young climate advocates in Southeast Asia to expand their networks and discuss solutions that will help the region address the climate crisis.

“As digital natives, we will launch social media campaigns to maximize our reach. We will also have a podcast to discuss the impacts of the climate crisis in our region, initiatives of young Climate Reality Leaders, and other issues,” Izza Arivia, youth Climate Reality Leader from Indonesia, said during the webcast.

Moreover, Arivia said that they will be organizing a Youth Climate Leadership Camp where they will train young Climate Reality Leaders and other young climate advocates in starting their own climate initiatives.

“The partnership between Youth Climate Reality Leaders of the two countries is an inspiration to create more international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational activities necessary for more global climate actions,” according to Amanda Niode, Manager of the Indonesian Branch of the Climate Reality Project.