Everyone of us makes a thousand decisions everyday. A decision can be about how we live, what we talk about, what food we eat, how we travel, and even how we throw our garbage, and the decision either good or bad has a huge impact on the direction of our life and the Earth.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is Climate Action connected to most SDGs, acknowledge the impact of “an informed and empowered public” on its success. In the Paris Agreement, 177 countries pledged their support to scale up global climate change action movement in recognition of the adverse effects of industrialization and misinformed human activities on our survival and the environment. Though environment policies have been made, what is still lacking is the joint global action and desire of people to join in the environment movement.
My journey as a steward of the environment started when I came up with my personal advocacy “Green Your Choice, Green Your Lifestyle” to raise public awareness on climate change action. My inspiration for this advocacy is to help lessen the impact of climate change because the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to extreme weather catastrophe.
It was an eye-opener to me when in 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 Filipinos and affected 13 million of us. Most affected were homeless, lost their loved ones, and were trying to survive with no food, shelter, and clean drinking water. Support from different part of the world came, and the whole world saw the devastating effects of climate change, as well as the joint camaraderie of every nation.
Using my advocacy, I want to convey the message that even though a person is not part of any environment organization, one can do something for the environment. Being a youth, I want to inspire and educate the youth because they play the highest interest in the success of SDGs and to make them realize that “The fight against climate change is everyone’s responsibility.”
In the era of technology, the power of communication has been greater than ever, and I used this as tool to carry out my objectives. I made a poster and a video of my advocacy, which was given recognition internationally, and I have managed to raise awareness on television, newspaper, radio, and social media. Now, I am looking for ways to reach more people to make a difference.
The advocacy “Green Your Choice, Green Your Lifestyle” is grounded on how choice and its consequences can have an effect on climate change. In the video, I showed my easy-to-do, everyday environment-friendly practices, such as engaging with the community, and thus encourage people to make informed decisions and better lifestyle choices.
The advocacy does not have prescribed or given practices but encourages people to create their own version of green lifestyle for securing sustainable future and protecting the environment—achieving SDG of Climate Action.