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Eleventh Hour at the Manila Bulletin

Eleventh Hour: Can social media chatbots save Filipinos from climate disasters?

In our Manila Bulletin column Eleventh Hour this week, Pinoy Climate Reality Leader Ferth Manaysay shared how mobile-centric platform @MapaKalamidad.ph intends to contribute to climate change adaptation and disaster response actions in the Philippines—a country highly vulnerable to extreme climate events and rising sea levels.

Launched in September 2020, MapaKalamidad.ph aims to harness the power of social media and instant messaging to crowdsource information about extreme weather events and climate-related disasters at the street level.

The platform promotes an ethic of information sharing and civic co-management, by supporting peer-to-peer sharing and providing a way for government agencies and first emergency responders to monitor the needs of communities.

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Joint Statement on the Climate and Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastics

The plastic crisis’s connection to the climate emergency and environmental justice impacts are undeniable. The cost of the continued dependence by corporations on single-use plastics and planned expansion of plastic production are too high to be ignored.

To ensure the safety of Filipinos and our environment from such impacts, the undersigned environmental, public health and civil society organizations are calling on consumer goods companies such as Nestle, Coca-Cola and Unilever and the plastic industry to urgently phase out single-use plastics packaging and adopt reuse systems.

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#RealiTalk: International Day of the Girl Child with Pauline De Guzman

This year’s International Day of the Girl Child aims to celebrate adolescent girls who are making waves in the tech and digital world while emphasizing the need to close the gender digital divide.
In line with this, this month’s Realitalk features our conversation with Pinoy Climate Reality Leader Pauline De Guzman about the urgent need to provide young Filipino girls, specifically those in low-income areas, equal access to technology, connectivity, and digital skills.
Pauline, who works currently works at the United Nations Children’s Fund, delved into how digital connectivity and access to technology could further empower girls to have agency and control in building a brighter future and in participating in climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

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Eleventh Hour at the Manila Bulletin

Eleventh Hour: Development and environment protection are not mutually exclusive

In our Manila Bulletin column Eleventh Hour this week, Pinoy Climate Reality Leader Aprille Juanillo delved into the proposed 174-hectare reclamation project in Dumaguete City, which was dubbed as a “monumental ecological disaster” by scientists, experts, professionals, fisherfolk, and even ordinary citizens.

In this article, Aprille highlighted that we cannot pit development against the environment because any true development is also environmentally sound.

“Genuine sustainable development is reliant on making the environment more livable for everybody—and any true leader would understand this,” Aprille noted, as she highlighted that the upcoming mayoral race in Dumaguete as a referendum to the 174-ha reclamation project.

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From Our Partner

Media Release from OML Center: International climate science and reporting experts share knowledge with Filipino communicators

A series of exclusive webinars featured a roster of international experts who shared knowledge and tips that will help participants become better climate communicators and advocates.

During the twice-weekly sessions that lasted for one and a half months, climatologists, oceanographers, visual storytellers, and researchers shared their insights that benefitted fellows of the Climate Media Labs.

Subsumed under the Balangay Project of the Oscar M. Lopez Center, the Labs have featured 22 experts based both here and abroad.

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