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September 9, 2014

Can We Do a ‘Momentum For Change’ Challenge?

New York City will be at the center of climate initiatives two weeks from now. From September 22-28, 2014, it will hold its sixth Climate Week NYC. It is being held in support of the UN Climate Summit and will be the venue for hundreds of meetings and activities geared towards acting on climate change.

One of the highlights of the said meeting is the launching and release of a documentary for climate action entitled Climate Heroes: Stories of Change. It makes a call for people, groups, communities and countries to initiate creative actions to address climate change. It reveals that there are a lot that can be done to fight climate change. Actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder narrates the success stories from different countries which will surely inspire people all over the world. Here is an official trailer of the documentary:

As one of today’s climate heroes, the group, 1 Million Women will be featured in the said documentary. Originating from Australia, it aims to sign up one million women who will commit to reduce waste, save energy, cut pollution and effect changes no matter how small they maybe. Women in households make a lot of decisions which have direct consequences on the environment. Thus, encouraging women to unite and take a common action should provide a substantial impact on the fight against climate change. As of this writing, more than eighty thousand women had already made their commitment and are now on track to contributing to the lessening of ghg emissions by a hundred thousand tons! Once they reach a million, their combined efforts will be equivalent to removing 240,000 cars off the road for a year.

Movements like these should snowball all over the world and become a way of life in these critical times. Not only a million women should take part in this action. It is a must for every citizen of this world. The group is actually willing to share their experiences to other countries. We need not wait for them to come here in the Philippines. Women groups and advocates for the care of the environment can take the cue and the initiative to contribute our share in this fight by rallying our women to similar actions.

These actions are actually part of another initiative by the UN which is called Momentum For Change. 

“ Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future. Momentum for Change recognizes innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges.” (UNFCCC)

They call the solutions as Lighthouse Activities. The areas of focus are the Urban Poor, Women For Results, Financing For Climate Friendly Investment, and ICT Solutions. Applications maybe made a year before the recognition which happens during the regular meeting of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) late in the year. Projects proposed for approval should be scalable replicable, transformative and possess an innovative component.


Our country is not without natural resources and people with lots of talents to respond to this call. While our contribution to this environmental crisis is relatively and globally insignificant, we can be a part of sharing a remarkable solution to the world. Many of our people had discovered and created useful products that had been internationally recognized and patronized which, unfortunately, our own government had not. Nevertheless, we have proven that we are world class. The challenge is on us. Momentum for Change is not just a cause by some nations, for a limited time, or just for the sake of coming up with a relevant activity. Momentum for change is a response to the now mounting and escalating environmental destruction caused by climate change. Momentum for Change is a counter-momentum to the existing havoc the world is now experiencing because of climate change. Let us join and reinforce that counter-momentum, for a change.



Photo credit: Rockefeller Foundation

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