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I introduced to you Balagon Cultural Creatives in a previous post and I also mentioned that come Earth Day, our first event would be a free market. We called it Tao Tao, literally meaning people giving, our version of free market newconomy. Well, the very next day, I promptly wrote the city mayor regarding the event. I’m posting the letter here since it explains much about the BC Creatives and the event we wanted to hold.
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When young people lead

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From Mission ASCEND facebook page.

When young people lead, even leaders need to follow. That is the power of youth.

I had the amazing opportunity to present the latest Climate Reality slideshow, fresh from the Manila Training, to student leaders of Tacloban, Ground Zero for Super Typhoon Yolanda, on Earth Hour Day, March 19. I was invited by Jude Acidre of Tingog Sinirangan to give the talk. My talk was to present the context for a youth-led action and the launching of Mission ASCEND, a gathering of young voices for the environment.

About a hundred student leaders were there, coming from more than a dozen high schools of Region VIII. It was a particularly daunting experience, knowing these young people were survivors of Haiyan themselves, and the last thing they might need is somebody like me telling them about the impacts of climate change. But thank God they were particularly patient with me, even when my computer stopped working for a while.

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