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Celebs unite against global warming

CELEBRITIES   on Tuesday  gathered at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City to support a unified action to strengthen the country’s position on the impact of global warming and climate change, and to share their commitment to address the problem.

At the #nowph Grand Media Launch, youth ambassador, actor and television host Dingdong Dantes urged fellow artists and the youth sector to use the social media in advocating environmental protection to reduce the impact of climate change.           

Actor-TV host Dingdong Dantes  as youth ambassador attends the launching of the event promoting the efforts to fight off global warming on social media. 
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“How are the issues of climate change affecting us now and forever?” he asked.

“We are here to consolidate the voice of the Filipino people so we could present our country’s position before the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris, France,” he told the participants and guests.

“There are many ways to join the campaign, such as the online signature. Another is workshop, but the platform of the social media is very important.”

Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad vividly recalled his ordeal when super Typhoon Yolanda flattened Eastern Visayas and killed over 6,000 people on Nov. 8, 2013.

“I had the actual experience of the wrath of Yolanda while covering the incident. In my entire career, it was only during Yolanda that I had to undergo [stress] debriefing. I had to return to Tacloban [City, Leyte],” he said.

He called on the people to seriously consider the segregation of wastes to help minimize the impact of climate change.

“This is now the age of consequence,” TV host Kim Atienza said.

Other celebrities who joined the launch were actresses Marian Rivera and Janine Gutierrez, rapper Gloc9, singer-composer Noel Cabangon, and radio disc jockey and TV host Sam YG.

Laguna Lake Development Authority chairperson Nereus Acosta; Chrysha Briton, a Yolanda survivor; Major Jose Chico, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ peace process; Trixie Maristela,  LGBT rights advocate; Ben Muni of Greenpeace Philippines; Renee Karunungan, communications director of Dakila, and Bai Rohaniza Sumnad-Usman, founding director of Teach Peace, Build Peace also took part in the event.

“Spearheaded by the National Youth Commission and the Climate Change Commission, together with the Greenpeace, USAID, Freidrich Neumann Foundation, MovePH and the Embassy of France, the event highlights the urgent need to make the issue of climate change as a binding force that needs the involvement of all sectors, and to promote a healthy discussion and active participation among the youth,” the NYC’s statement read.

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