Shiela R Castillo
I’m an international professional volunteer currently advising two CSO networks in Cambodia. Before coming to Cambodia, I’ve been working as a social development professional in the Philippines for more than 15 years. As an independent consultant, I did projects for United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), German Aid (GIZ) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), among others. I also worked at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Sagip Pasig Movement (SPM), LifeBank Foundation (LBF) and other development organizations.
I trained as a Climate Presenter for Nobel Prize Laureate Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) in Jakarta in January 2011. I also participated in the Asia Pacific Climate Change Leadership Conference in Australia. Since then, I have conducted more than 60 climate presentations in key cities all over the Philippines and has reached more than 15,000 participants from various sectors all over the country. My climate awareness initiative was featured in the coffee table book Climate Adaptation, Best Practices in the Philippines, published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2012. In 2016, I mentored in the 31st International Training of The Climate Reality Project in Sofitel, Manila. In the same training, I was also one of the speakers to almost 700 participants from all over the world. On Earth Day 2017, I was awarded the first Luntiang Dahon (Green Leaf) Award for Climate Leadership.
I am the initiator of Vision: Vegan World and Disposable Bottle Busters, both online communities campaigning against animal cruelty and use of disposable plastics, respectively. I consider myself a futures learner and has been a member of the Circle for Engaged Foresight since 2012.
I’m a mother of two, vegetarian for 17 years before I became vegan in September 2015. With this blog, I want to empower the public with the right information and inspire with positive narratives.
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