Youth in Climate Action – #NowPH

In response to the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change of the Philippines and France, signed last February 26, 2015, the National Youth Commission (NYC) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), together with its institutional partners, launched the youth-led campaign – #NowPH or Not on Our Watch Philippines.

#NowPH brought together 3.6 million Filipino pledges, exceeding its one million target, to call for the adoption of the Paris Agreement during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in France. The pledges of climate action were turned over to H.E. Annick Girardin, Secretary of State for Development of France during COP 21’s High-Level Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).

#NowPH is a youth-led campaign calling on countries to act on climate change issues, urging particularly the youth to contribute to the prevention of global warming from reaching two degrees Celsius. The National Youth Commission (NYC) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) spearheaded this awareness drive on climate change. It became a collaboration of different agencies, namely the Embassy of France, USAID, YesPinoy Foundation, Friedrich Naumannn Foundation, and Rappler.   The campaign is supported by Filipino icons, known in fields such as television and film, environmentalism, peace-building, music, among others.

Utilizing digital and on-the-ground strategies, the campaign generated 221 million social media interactions and raised public consciousness on the science of climate change and on ways to lead a climate-resilient and climate-smart lifestyle through Top 10 Youth-led Climate Actions, which are practical and youth–driven climate actions.

Further institutionalizing the campaign was the issuance of Proclamation No. 1160, series 2015, declaring every November 25 as the National Day for Youth in Climate Action.