What problem are you trying to solve?
Climate Stories Philippines was born out of the recognition that there aren’t enough pieces tackling the struggle of the most vulnerable communities to climate impacts in the news and in popular culture. There is much talk on policy targets and temperature degree limits, but not enough – never enough – on the day to day struggle and fiery bravery of people on the frontlines.
Climate change only hits the Philippine headlines when disasters strike. Campaigners and advocates only fight either to stop new projects or bring to justice victims through climate litigation. But what happens to those already living with injustices — coal plants operating in their very backyards, coral bleaching preventing them from getting the fullest catch of the day, murder cases of fellow environmental activists being dismissed much to the dismay of their families? Who tells their everyday stories of resistance and survival? Who teaches them new ways to resist?
What is your solution to this problem?
Armed with the tools of science and policy communication, digital campaigning, data storytelling and citizen journalism, we seek to empower young people and marginalized communities in filling the gaps in the climate change narrative.
We hope to train communities in writing and social media campaigning for their daily struggles to be heard and, more importantly, documented. As the most dangerous country in Asia for environmental activists, having an online depository of mobilizations and campaigns as well as increased visibility in the media for communities could spell support and safety.
What is your latest update on your innovation?
We have been accepted last July in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Asia Pacific Climate Week’s Pitch Hub to present this idea. We were met with much support from the international community who want to partner and replicate this idea in their respective countries.
We are currently finalizing the modules for our first workshop in Limay, Bataan north of Manila for community activists.