DENR contest promotes behavior on climate change


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will accept until November 15 this year photo entries for its “Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan: A Photoblog Competition” for 15 to 21-year old Filipinos nationwide.

DENR’s Climate Change Service staffer Kathleen Cornejo said the entries must show “individual’s and communities’ behavior changes that help create a healthy environment and boost the fight against climate change.”

“We recognize behavior change’s impact on curbing climate change,” she said, citing that riding bikes instead of cars and composting leaves instead of burning them are some of the behavior changes people can do to contribute towards such goal.

The transport sector and burning are among the sources of carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that fuel climate change. GHG emissions accumulate in the atmosphere and trap heat so global temperature rises, changing climate, Cornejo explained.

DENR noted that people’s collective shift to environment-friendly activities helps mitigate GHG emissions. “Climate change needs behavior change,” it added.

Earlier, international organization RARE had identified 30 behavioral changes or solutions that can mitigate around 20% to 37% of global GHG emissions within the 2020-2050 period.

Aside from biking and composting, RARE said those solutions include reducing food waste, cleaning stoves, inter-cropping or growing trees and annual crops together, taking public transportation, using energy-efficient lighting as well as recycling paper, metal, plastic and glass materials.

Parties interested in joining ‘Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan’ competition can send their entries as well as corresponding entry forms and proof of their age to [email protected] and [email protected], said DENR.

“Each contestant must submit a maximum of three photos in his/her entry.” The photos must be related to each other, DENR project development officer Micah de Leon clarified.

Entries must be the participants’ original works that have never been published in social and print media. The submitted photos must not contain any copyrighted material including artwork and other photos, she added.

The DENR will announce the competition’s winners during the upcoming annual National Climate Change Consciousness Week observance this November. De Leon said entries to the competition will be part of DENR’s Climate Change Needs Behavior Change campaign and will be used in its other advocacy programs.

The competition’s major prize is P5,000. DENR will also award nine consolation prizes of P2,000 each.

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