For the youth in Upper Pulangi, climate action is part of their way of life, as they participate in community and take the lead in managing the forest and water resources in their ancestral domain. They share this story in a video presented at the Poster Session of the Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference held March 15-18.
The video captures scenes from their classes in APC where they discuss and reflect on the impact of climate change in their community and broader society. It also features their climate action activities in March and September 2019, in solidarity with the Global Climate Strikes, where they shared their cultural values and practices that contribute to climate change mitigation.
The video titled “What is climate action really about?” captures their local perspectives and cultural identity as a people who live integral ecology, and dreams of climate justice. They define climate action in five points:
- Seek justice for ordinary people and the youth
- Speak out with integrity
- Value silence, reflection, and prayer to strengthen faith and hope
- Sustain Indigenous Peoples’ culture and identity while they share a dream
- Understand with mainstream society the integral role of indigenous communities and realize the interconnectedness of our lives
APC continues to engage in climate actions amidst the ongoing pandemic through agroforestry and sustainable agriculture. It is supported by the Ecojesuit global ecology network, and the River above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN) that connects and communicates this work regionally and globally.
This video can also be viewed with Spanish subtitles.