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Filipino environmentalist Rodne Galicha at the “24 Hours of Reality” global campaign in New York City on Sept. 15.


A noted Filipino environmentalist shared the stage recently with former United States Vice President Al Gore in a global Internet campaign from New York City on the crisis caused by climate change.

Rodne Galicha, executive director of the Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment, joined the Academy Award-winning Gore and 22 others in delivering multimedia presentations connecting the changing climate and extreme weather conditions around the world.

“If we are unable to act, with this phenomenon, we are committing suicide, for the next generation. Homo sapiens now become the most critically endangered species of all time,” said Galicha, whose group works to protect biodiversity and foster sustainable development.

Galicha, one of 11 Filipinos trained personally by Gore to conduct presentations on climate change, is the Climate Reality Project District Manager in the Philippines.

He is also connected with Haribon Foundation and Friends of the Earth.

The global campaign, “24 Hours of Reality,” was broadcast live over the Internet on Sept. 14 and 15 via Ustream, and can be viewed at www.climaterealityproject.org

It featured scientists, celebrities, business leaders and concerned citizens together with Gore.

Presenters showed the impact of climate change, characterized by extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and typhoons worldwide, from Tonga to Cape Verde and Mexico City to Alaska.

The campaign was hosted by Gore’s The Climate Reality Project in partnership with various organizations throughout the world that are working to find solutions to help solve the problem of climate change.

Impact on Solomon Is.

In his presentation, Galicha showed the impact of climate change on the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to an estimated online audience of 2.6 million.

He talked on the threat of a rise in sea level to the Solomon islanders, warning that a surge in salty water, coupled with warmer temperatures, would make it difficult for them to grow food.

He started his presentation with a tribute to indigenous peoples, who he said “have been inspiring us all, who have been maintaining the balance of this planet.”

He delivered a multimedia presentation “to connect the dots between our changing climate and the extreme weather we have been seeing around the world.”

During his presentation, he showed the solar panels in a research facility in Laguna, the e-jeepney and the effects of the 2009 Tropical Cyclone Ondoy (Ketsana) on the Philippines.

Philippine presenters led by Galicha have delivered more than 300 presentations in three years and have reached a combined audience of up to 60,000 people.

For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or www.kalikasan.ph for Climate Project in the Philippines.


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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.


 

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