Environmental activists from Asia, Middle East, Africa, North America, Europe, Oceania, Central and South America participated in the global broadcast event, 24 hours of reality: Be the voice of reality. The Samahan Central Board (SCB) organized a viewing party centered on the live broadcast, on Tuesday, December 5 at Arrupe Hall from 2:00-5:00 pm.
“Talking about climate change, especially in a developing country, always brings up questions regarding the sustainability of our support in the campaign against it…It does not, however, subtract from the reality that climate change is indeed happening, and that human activity is the most powerful influencers of its acceleration,” Samahan Central Board President John Kevin Espino, said.
24 hours of reality: Be the voice of reality hosted by former United States Vice President Al Gore organized by The Climate Reality Project Philippines(CRP) in partnership with the Samahan Central Board, is a global broadcast event emphasizing the value of climate solutions to combat the causes of climate change. Moreover, it aims to encourage the public to take necessary actions towards the ongoing climate crisis.
On the eighth hour regions including the Philippines shed light on climate impacts and how to address these issues through environmental actions. Philippine Senator Loren Legarda, Manila Observatory Executive Director Dr. Antonio La Vina, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Naderev Sano represented the Philippines in the 24hour live broadcast.
“In our tropical country, and moreso in Davao city where typhoons have a lower chance of destroying infrastructure, solar energy is a very viable alternative source of energy. And yet, solar energy penetration in the city is still very low, not only owing the cost of its implementation, but also due to the lack of awareness and understanding about its benefits and costs, and more significantly, of its importance,” Espino, explained.
On January 2018, the SCB will be partnering with CRP to host the campus Climate Reality Corps, featuring environmental advocates to campaign for 100% renewable energy in the campus by the year 2030.