[From the web] Communicating for social action -RAPPLER.com

Communicating for social action.

BY VOLTAIRE TUPAZ, RAPPLER.com
March 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – “A campaign begins with a desire to tell a story,” 23-year-old Anna Oposa emphatically told her fellow youth at the Digital Technology for Social Change forum held at the Ateneo de Naga on February 27.

The room fell silent as though anticipating a lecture on creative writing, a short course Oposa took in New York before enrolling in English Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

But Oposa immediately perked up the rather coy audience with a barrage of youthful witticisms, colorful visuals and anecdotes from her digital adventures which all make her advocacy on protecting the world’s richest marine life more exciting.

Oposa’s journey from school to the seas has been creating ripples not only in the country but also across the world.

As one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers of the Philippines, she spoke at the organization’s annual meeting held in Davos, Switzerland from January 25-29, 2012.

She also showcased her innovative local advocacy to protect the seas at the British Council’s Global Change makers Summit in New Delhi, India last year.

Oposa is neither a scientist nor a lawyer like her renowned environmentalist father, Tony Oposa.

The elder Oposa is known for winning a case in the Philippine Supreme Court that introduced the internationally recognized legal doctrine on inter-generational equity which recognizes the environmental rights of future generations.

The younger Oposa applied what her father taught her. But she did it her way. “I know how to write,” Oposa told an inspired audience.

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