Philippine Youth Delegation at COP16 UN Climate Change Conference

The Philippine Youth Delegation has arrived in Cancun, Mexico for the Conference of Youth 6 and the Conference of Parties 16. We will be tweeting (follow us here) and blogging about the negotiations.

But before we get down to business, get to know the five delegates of the Philippine Youth Delegation.

Meet Esperanza Garcia, Founder and President of the Philippine Youth Climate Movement

Espie was born on September 16, in Cebu City. She blogs at EcoHope and tweets (@esperanzagarcia).

Projects/Affiliations:

· Official delegate of the Philippines at the UNFCCC COP15
· Co-Founder & Director of Climate Change Initiatives for the International Youth Council
· Founder of the Philippine Youth Climate Movement
· Climate Change consultant Philippine Senate Oversight Climate Change Committee
· Millenium Development Goals Awards Committee
· Development Associate of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, organized the 7th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquaters
· Design consulant for South-South News
· Journalist for South-SouthNews, UNICEF’s Unite for Climate Campaign & Climate Voice writer for Oxfam covering news from the UN General Assembly & Clinton Global Initiative.

This is Vivienne Zerrudo. You can call her Viv!

She is turning 23 on Dec. 4. We’ll be celebrating her birthday here!

Viv graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, BS Environmental Science.

Projects/Affiliations:

The Law of Nature Foundation, Project Coordinator
Philippine Youth Environment Network, Advisor
Kanlungan Pilipinas, External Vice President
Clean Air Youth Alliance,
Ateneo Environmental Management Coalition,
Student Representative Core group member
Council of Organizations in the Ateneo, Health and Environment Cluster Head
Ateneo Environmental Science Society, Externals Vice President
Director of Alumni Affairs
Sustainable Development Solutions for Asia and the Pacific- Youth, Deputy Chair
Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable and Consumption- Youth, Deputy Chair
Senior Thesis: The Ecological Footprint of the Loyola Schools
for the School year 2007-2008

And now, Desiree Llanos Dee, or Des. She and Viv know each other from Ateneo. Des graduated with a degree in BS Psychology.

Projects/Affiliations:

Philippine Youth Climate Movement Campaign Manager
Global Xchange Programme Team 107 (May- September 2010)
Voluntary Service Overseas Bahaginan and British Council
Youth Participation Team – London Borough of Hounslow, U.K.
Ocean Care Advocates, Inc., Cebu
Loyola Mountaineers Vice President (2009-2010)
Public Relations Officer (2008-2010)
Citizen’s Action for Reforestation Mindoro , Project co-head
Clean up Climbs, Project co-head
Senior Thesis: The Perceived Impact of the Biak-na-Bato Ecotourism Program on the Environmental Attitudes of the Local Hosts

And the only thorn among the roses, Christopher “Kester” Yu. He was born on September 11, 1986–long before the crisis that shook the entire world.

Projects/Affiliations:

Philippine Youth Climate Movement, Policy and Adaptation Director
Isko Cleans UP (ICU), Project Head
Philippine Youth Environment Network, Advisor
College of Sctonience Student Council, University of the Philippines
University Student Council, UP-Diliman,
Number 1 Councilor, 2009-2010
University of the Philippines Environmental Monitoring Laboratory
University of the Philippines Environmental Society, President
University of the Philippines Association of Biology Majors
University of the Philippines Marine Biological Society
University of the Philippines Geological Society
Capacity Building towards Caves, Karsts and Limestone Forest Biodiversity Conservation
Senior Thesis: Geologic Map of North Western Mindoro Occidental and the Geohazards attributed to Kaingin (slash and burn) in the Abra de Ilog Region

And then there’s me, Anna Oposa. I’m taking up English Studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Because I’m a writer who is addicted to the Internet, I have been designated the position of Director for Media Relations of the Philippine Youth Climate Movement. I blog here and tweet here.

Projects/Affiliations:

Writer (Philippine Daily Inquirer 2BU Section, the Philippine Online Chronicles, CodeRED, Metro Magazine, Philippine Star, Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, The Natural Shelf, BridalBook.ph, OfficiallyPhilippines.com)
Resource Speaker for seminars of environmental education, solid waste management, blogging
Isko Cleans UP, Co-Project Head
Global Legal Action on Climate Change, Program Coordinator
UP Marine Biological Society’s 2010 International Coastal Cleanup: KalikaSining, Project Head
UP Marine Biological Society’s 2009 International Coastal Cleanup: Saklolo Taklobo, Co-Program Head
Philippine Youth Ambassador to SEA countries and Japan, 35th Ship for the Southeast Asian Youth Program
Denso Youth for Earth Action 2010, Junior Facilitator
Denso Youth for Earth Action 2009, Participant

 

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