Children enjoy learning about saving the environment. The kids at YES-O (Youth for Environment in Schools Organization) Apolaki sang songs and rapped about the environment.
The students at Infant Jesus Montessori Center (IJMC) in Dasmariñas, Cavite, wowed the crowd with the original songs “Sama Sama” and “Pagbabago” at the 4th Greeneration Summit: A Gathering for Youth Empowerment on Climate Change.
The high school club joined 1,000 students and youth leaders at SM Mall of Asia SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to listen to experts and Greeneration ambassadors talk about climate change adaptation.
As the horrors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) continue to haunt the nation, the youth, comprising majority of the population, has to be more educated and involved, Climate Change Commission (CCC) vice chair Lucille Sering said.
“We in the government cannot do everything by ourselves. We need you … to spread the word,” Sering told elementary, high school, college and graduate students from Metro Manila and parts of Luzon.
For YES-O Apolaki coach Rent Salimbao, the best way to spread environment advocacy is through music and social networking sites.
“You have to find ways to catch the attention of the youth and make them interested in environmental issues,” the chemistry teacher said.
Hoping to create a ripple effect, Sering told the delegates, “We want you to multiply on Facebook. Tweet. Be informative.”
Climate change, which causes significant changes in weather patterns, will lead to more devastating natural disasters, shrinking ice shelves and glaciers and rising global temperatures.
“The best way to address the problem is to accept that it can happen,” Sering said. “Science [provides] us certainty about this phenomenon.”
In the current school curricula, climate change is only discussed in science classes. But, as calamities are becoming more severe, experts have stressed the need to “mainstream” the subject.