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Vegans have the right to eat too!

 

Ok, ok. I know what you are thinking. I’m a relentless petition signer, and i’m a serial petition writer. I’m overly optimistic, delusional, crazy even, to believe that online signatures could help change the world (in fact they do, too!) I decry the fact that I’m practically a nomad, a rootless environmentalist who couldn’t last more than five years in a place since I had the right to choose where to live. I would love to do grassroots action, and I envy a lot of my fellow greenies who get to build work in their communities. I have also done a lot of initiatives wherever I was in my home country. But I get disappointed when I had to uproot myself again and move. It is disconcerting to say the least when you have to uproot yourself every so often. I am more aware of it now that I am a development worker abroad.

But then I also feel that as an environmentalist, I am a citizen of the world, and that I could work for change wherever I am. I also feel that communication is my gift. As a former teacher, as a writer, campaigner, and development professional, I see myself as a communicator. As a communicator who considers Mother Earth as my home country, the internet is one of my strongest tools. So I really don’t mind even people call me a slacktivist, I consider it a prestigious accolade because I do what I can when I can. I care. And believe me when I say that I am ‘truly engaged or devoted to making a change‘. I believe in whatever I do, I am only planting seeds, and that it doesn’t matter how big or small an act is, as long as the good intention is there.

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Birthing the Balagon Cultural Creatives 1

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I haven’t had a real weekend in months and my body was aching for a break reminding me of it through a fever that burned through Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

But the weekend was pregnant with possibilities. My little family trooped to Guimaras Island for ‘The Journey of an Artist’, a small gathering of Iloilo artists and creatives. Jagat Rubio and I co-facilitated the event co-organized by Tintin Buenavista, Marz Capanang, Mumu Dalisay and Arjun Marapon. There were 18 of us, including Balay na Bato host couple Mahesh and Mayin Alejo.

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700 reasons for #ClimateHope

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The Mentors of the The Climate Reality Leadership Corps 31st International Training, held on March 14-16, 2016 at Sofitel, Philippine Plaza.

(From The Climate Reality Project website:  Some people wait for the future. Leaders create it.

Ordinary people face challenges. Climate Reality Leaders embrace them. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to taking on the climate crisis and solving what is far and away the greatest challenge of our time.

The program takes great leaders and makes them exceptional, providing the training in climate science, communications, and organizing to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action. The result is a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate in forums from family dinners to international summits and building a 21st-century movement for solutions.) 

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The Power of Little Things: Reflections on Liwanag World Festival 2013

There is nothing less than grand about Liwanag World Festival. But this is only because it is made up of many modest, well thought-out, things. Indeed, we witnessed what Aristotle meant by “the whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Continue reading