Stand up

You know, Illac Diaz, World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader of 2008, really hit the mark on climate change, and the parts in bold are the ones I personally found poignant:

“Climate change is real. Addressing climate change requires a mix of mitigation and adaptation. This requires more mitigation for industrialized countries and more adaptation for developing countries. This can be translated into one simple scenario: While the industrialized world continues to send up tonnes of carbon into the
atmosphere, whether or not we blur the amounts through carbon credits, hopes are fading for those who will be receiving the sharp end of the Damocles sword; the developing world. The urgency is to realize that this is not going to stop at 350 ppm, or even double at 600 ppm, the Philippines has to realize that despite all the petitions and feel good campaigns of dreams for a climate stabilized world, real solutions need to be done. We have to get to the part where we learn to start dealing with this. The country is located right beside the warmest parts of the ocean that is in the perfect storm of vulnerable coastlines, intense winds, and an observation of growing dumping of large amounts of rain. We need to live in a world where climate will hit the poorest of the poor first, regardless of where they live, it will test our resiliency as a city, as a village, as a community, and specially as a people. This song is dedicated to the awareness that dealing with one ONDOY is not the victory, but a climate of change will be the battle of this generation.” —Illac Diaz

The video above is a call not just for a real and dedicated stewardship of God’s creation but for responsible citizenship as well. The video is part of Diaz’s Design Against the Elements, an international design competition that responds to the call for social and climate adaptation by building sustainable homes. Here, 47 Pinoy rock artists unite with him in this campaign.

I am told that this is not yet the official music video, though. The video will be out in the coming weeks. I am also told that the song and its remixes (house, electro, hip hop) will be airing in the following stations: NU 107, Magic 89.9 and RJ Underground 105.9.

On January 24, 2010, Ateneo de Manila University’s Collegiate Society of Advertising will hold its first fun run for the benefit of Design Against the Elements. Learn more at the event’s Facebook and Multiply pages.

Thank you!

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