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Filipino youth demand newly-elected officials for climate justice

Almost a thousand Filipino youth across thirteen cities in the country took to the streets their demands for climate justice last Friday, May 24, as part of the global movement of climate youth strikes. The rallies come shortly after the recently concluded Philippine midterm elections where over 18,000 national and local positions were filled for…

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NegOr, Siquijor advocates go for zero waste drive

To sustain and deliver the concept of zero waste, youth advocates and schools in Negros Oriental and Siquijor merged during the Zero Waste Youth Convergence at Sofia Soller Sinco Hall, Foundation University (FU) last January 27. Organized by Zero Waste Youth-Negros Oriental, War on Waste-Break Free from Plastic Negros Oriental and ADUNA, the union gathered…

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Local artists promote seagrass beds

The world is facing a 30,000 sq.km seagrass area damage crisis, and the Philippines already lost half of its seagrass ecosystem in just six decades and is rapidly losing more. To help address the issue and promote the importance of its protection, Caus Planet Creative Studio, led by Egveniya Spiridonova, came up with an artistic…

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Art exhibit raises climate awareness

Curating at least 40 art pieces from all over the Philippines that tell stories of the current climate crisis, the first environmental journalism organization of Negros Oriental launched a revolutionary art exhibit to a crowd of more than 100 at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete last May 4-6. The Association of Young Environmental Journalists (AYEJ), in partnership…

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Enviro orgs spearhead protest vs. coal plants

To urge the government to transition into a clean, sustainable, and coal-free province, environmental organizations around Dumaguete City converged March 6 for a silent protest in front of the Provincial Capitol. The Youth STrike for Climate was also a move in support of Negros Occidental which is under threat by plans for a coal-fired power…

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8 LGUs sign pact on environment

Bayawan, Bacolod, and Sipalay City, along with the municipalities of Cauayan, Hinoba-an, Basay, Sta. Catalina, and Siaton have declared their commitment to reduce plastic waste in their communities by the year 2020. This declaration, also known as the “Bayawan Agreement”, was signed by representatives of the mentioned Local Government Units (LGU) and all guests present…