Foreign and local experts will be at the conference to discuss their programs to help children understand climate change. “They are experts in the fields of disaster preparedness, health and wellness, schools, museums, and children's literature,” says Yuson. “By bringing together these diverse groups, we hope to come up with recommendations that are doable in the Philippine setting.”
To give further clarification on the local situation of climate change, the three-day conference will also involve some field trips to the Pasig River, Paco Market, the National Museum and La Mesa Ecopark. Here’s a sample of some of the topics that will be covered:
Gamot Cogon School Initiative The Gamot Cogon Institute is an Iloilo-based cultural institution working to effect positive changes in society through alternative approaches to education, agriculture, health, and full human development. The school aims to harness the undeveloped talents of children from poor, rural communities using the Steiner Education methodology (an interdisciplinary learning system integrating creativity, practicality and ethical responsibility, developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner). Education is from Kindergarten to 9th Grade and the school is based in a nature-friendly environment, which the students have easy access to.
Kwentista ng Mga Tsikiting Known under the playful acronym KUTING, Kwentista ng Mga Tsikiting are a group of Filipino authors who write and illustrate children’s books. Founder Carla Pacis will discuss general aspects of Philippine children’s literature on climate change and its direction.
Plantsahan ng Bayan This is a local government initiative where people can come over to a designated community area with electric irons, so they may press their laundry free of charge. Initiated by Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung, the project aims to make ecologically-sustainable livelihood projects such as these in Quezon City. The electricity generated for Plantsahan ng Bayan comes from the Quezon City Controlled Disposal Facility, a renewable energy plant that derives power from methane gas produced by the Payatas garbage dumpsite. The Plantsahan ng Bayan and the Quezon City Controlled Disposal Facility create a positive life-cycle whereby the residents of Payatas are able to clear the garbage in the area and benefit from it through energy conversion to suit their needs.