To take part in the battle against Climate Change, the Team of Leyte Young Talents and Entrepreneurs (LEYTEAM), Inc., an inter-island organization in Leyte, joins the Conference of Youth (COY) held last November 26-28, 2015 in Paris, France.
The Conference of Youth 11 (COY) is a gathering of young people occurring every year before the Conference of Parties (COP). COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aspire to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
COP21 is one of the largest international conferences ever held in France and COY’s function is to bring the voice of the youth to COP21.
COY was attended by almost 5,000 young people from all corners of the globe. It focused on the growing threat of Climate Change and how the youth could play a big role in combatting this pivotal issue.
Four representatives from LEYTEAM namely, Jan Kairel Guillermo, Peter Paul Maneja, Francis Raphael Bangoy and Manuel Antonio Veloso took part in this 3-day conference.
What is LEYTEAM?
LEYTEAM is a youth organization covering 3 cities and 40 municipalities in the island of Leyte which envisions to be a unified youth empowering body committed to the pursuit of world renowned and competent Leyteños by engaging its members and locals in a societal advocacies.
Projects of LEYTEAM focuses on 5 Es – Environment, Effective leadership, Economic, Education and Empowerment.
LEYTEAM on Environment
“Climate change is a serious issue. COY taught me a lot and I would like to share what I have learned to the youth of Leyte,” says Jan Kairel C. Guillermo, one of the representatives of LEYTEAM to the COY.
“Recently, world leaders from more than 190 countries already signed the Paris Climate Change Deal which limits average global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures and strives for a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible. This agreement calls an action for each one of us and since us – the youth, constitutes a large number in the population, we can really make a significant difference in battling this environmental issue. Educating the youth of Leyte about this is a good start because I believe that change starts from your own community and it would begin to impact your country and eventually the world,” he added.
The group had the opportunity to have a site visit to Georges Valbon Park,man made eco park in the North East of Seine Saint Denis, Paris, France. The park plays vital role in the ecological balance in Paris. It absorbs the carbon dioxide emitted by cars and establishments, the home of several species of flora and fauna and a place for more than two million visitors per year.
One of the plans of LEYTEAM is to create a rehabilitation proposal for the Leyte Sab-a Basin – a natural peatland located in the three barangays of the Municipality of Alangalang, Leyte, namely, Brgy. Langit, Brgy. Divisoria, Brgy. Tabangohay and in Brgy. San Isidro, Municipality of Sta. Fe, Leyte. It is located along the edges of the Mainit River Irrigation System.
Peatlands are one of the most important natural ecosystems in the world. They play a key role in climate regulation, biodiversity conservation and are a source of livelihood for the local community.
LEYTEAM is now working on the drafting of technical proposals to be presented to various universities, government agencies, NGO’s and other concerned organizations that will help them realize this project.
By: Arvia Claudine Denalo and Jan Kairel C. Guillermo