QUEZON CITY, July 8 (PIA) - the Climate Change Commission (CCC), in partnership with Oscar M. Lopez Center (OMLC) launched today, a virtual festival dubbed the KLIMA Film Festival (KFF) aimed at increasing awareness and ensuring that the youth have a better understanding of the devastating effects of climate change,
"Sa atin pong mga kabataan para sa inyo po etong KFF, upang maipamalas ninyo ang inyong likas na talento sa paggawa ng mensaheng gigising sa iba na tugunan ang kinahaharap nating hamon dahil sa crisis," CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera said.
The Commisioner also added that CCC continues to support initiatives for the youth under the new normal conditions.
"Kami sa CCC ay patuloy na sisikaping magbigay ng opurtunidad para sa inyo dahil kayo ang magpapatuloy at magpapayabong pa sa mga nasimulan nating pagkilos para sa ating klima, kapaligiran at kinabukasan ng mga kabataan, so this is, climate for nature and the future," she said.
"KFF is a powerful platform that will encourage the youth to be united and become the center of climate action," Representative Loren Legarda said in her written speech read by Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera.
Legarda, who is a known advocate of climate change, added her hopes to inspire others even elders to adopt this advocacy.
"KFF can be one of the avenues for youth, so that they can meaningfully engage in finding solutions on the growing development challenges due to the climate crisis," Legarda said.
Young people who will participate in KFF will have the opportunity to be mentored by experts and scientists on climate change.
"A film can be more than just entertainment if done right; you can very well expect that the film can do more, other just to entertain," Representative Edgar Chatto said.
"Ako po ay naniniwala na ang karanasan na matutunan ng ating mga young artists sa paglikha ng kanilang maikling pelikula, higit ano pa man sa gantimpala ay ang huhubog ng kanilang kamulatan at kapasyahan, paninindigan at kumilos para sa kaligtasan ng sangkatauhan," Chatto added.
Meanwhile, Rommel Antoni Cuenca, Deputy Executive Director of CCC, also shared his hopes to give and sustain the momentum of this kind of advocacy through films and "increase the intensity of depth and impact of climate actions."
The produced films through KFF will be disseminated by CCC as part of its information, education, and communication (IEC) materials. (PIA-IDPD/TNN)