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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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Weathering the Storm: September 29-October 1, 2011    Dumaguete Climate Change Presentation

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With NORSU President Henry Sojor and NORSU Board of Regents Member,  Arlene Grino.

(Note: In trying to reconstruct my Climate Presentations list, Arlene Grino of MISSION Dumaguete sent me her report of the Climate Change Presentation Series I did in Dumaguete City. This originally appeared in the MISSION website on October 6, 2011.)

Last Thursday, at exactly 6:36 AM, our dynamic speaker Shiela ‘GORE’ Castillo texted me that she was boarding her Cebu Pacific flight. She was finally enroute to Dumaguete after missing the previous flight having been stranded at Calapan Port due to typhoon Pedring. Having moved the schedules twice, I was happiest to see her emerge from the airport’s arrival area. Shiela had plenty of time to prepare and freshen up for the first engagement: Silliman University, 10 o’clock AM, Assembly Hall.

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