#Youthfacesoftheworld : Meet John from Philippines (3/4)
One of my favorite roles as an advocate is to conduct environment-related presentations around the world, informing audiences about climate crisis and its solutions. No revolutionary idea that changed the course of our history has ever happened without people from all walks of life being actively involved. This is why I believe that empowering people at the grassroots level is the most impactful option for solving the climate crisis.
For past 2 years, I engaged thousands of people from various sectors (i.e. civil society organizations, business, youth) into thinking critically about what they can contribute to taking care of our planet. It is always a challenge to communicate such a critical message to people with different priorities, values, and beliefs. This challenge allows me to exercise my creativity by finding various means to relate scientific data and political decisions to what interests my audiences.
However, no revolution can succeed if the proponents are not armed with the proper knowledge and skills. While I have always valued science as the key to unravelling the mysteries of the universe and building a sustainable world, its importance becomes more prominent when it comes to the climate crisis. It is not enough for me to educate and empower others; I myself need to remain informed. Living in one of the hotspots for climate impacts and action in the world, I find the Philippines to be a spot full of treasures and wonders yet to be discovered. Thus, I also spend part of my career as a scientific researcher.
I have been conducting research for the Manila Observatory since 2014. During my tenure as both a project assistant and a graduate researcher, I have conducted research on topics such as projecting temperature /rainfall changes in Philippines through downscaled regional climate modelling, characterizing climatological shifts in typhoon patterns in the northwest Pacific area, and analyzing aerosol trends in urban environments. I also had the honor of being the youngest of the ten scientist-authors of the 2016 Philippine Climate Change, the local version of IPCC reports