Dakila walks the talk for climate justice
It is believed that a flutter of a butterfly’s wings on one part of the planet may cause a tsunami on the other. When former world leaders did not bat an eyelash about scientists’ warnings about climate change years ago, they allowed for unimaginable consequences, which lashed more at developing countries with little capacity to avert disasters.
Almost a year after supertyphoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the poorest regions of the Philippines; the conscious global unity pushing for climate justice — instead of charity — has been waning. In the Herculean task of forgetting the things tragically lost, the trudge for international accountability via a fair, equitable, and binding global agreement on climate change by 2015 must remain afloat in everyone’s minds. This can only be achieved through constantly reminding our current world leaders of the plight of disaster-vulnerable countries, of the many lives and livelihoods permanently marred by the negative effects of climate change.
According to Nityalila Saulo, musician, Dakila core member, and one of the walkers who is part of the Climate Walk, “Today, we go back to where we started. DAKILA was borne out of a symbolic drive to clean up the topographical map of Philippines in One Rizal Park, formerly known as the Luneta Park. This time, the cleanup drive is not our job; it should be our world leaders’. Today, we embark on a 40-day, 1000-kilometer Climate Walk from Kilometer Zero in Luneta Park, Manila to Haiyan Ground Zero in Tacloban City, Leyte. We do this to raise public awareness on climate change and its repercussions. We want the people to know how it affects them and how they must get involved.”
Dakila’s climate revolution advocate, Jeckree Mission, also said, “Being part of the younger generation, by supporting the Climate Walk, I want to show that the youth is not only concerned in patronizing themselves in social media today, that we can do so much more and take on the challenge of global climate change. I encourage my fellow youth to stand with me and together, we’ll tell them what we really want for our future.”
A UP Los Banos graduate, Jeckree Mission, was chosen as 1 of the 8 inspiring young people from all over the world who presented and asked world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last September 23 the question, “Why not act on climate change?” as part of The Climate Reality Project initiative supported by Former US Vice President Al Gore
Nityalila further added, “An epic journey to a climate revolution begins today. Step by step: this is how the Climate Walk aims to go forth in the struggle for climate justice. We see our support as a symbolic pledge to be more vigilant about our individual and collective carbon footprint, to participate more in the global conversations on climate change, and to remember that a small step today in the right direction will make waves in the future.”
Three Dakila members, musician Nityalila Saulo, visual artist AG Sano and filmmaker Charley Sta. Maria, will be participating in the 1,000 kilometer 40-day journey that they deem will spark a climate revolution in the Philippines.
DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
02 October 2014
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