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Kalma Klima and Weather-Weather Lang on Knowledge Channel!

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K-Likasan HeaderJust in! Knowledge Channel will air CFA produced environmental videos— Kalma Klima and Weather-Weather Lang under their K-likasan Program starting next week on November 18, 2013.

Kalma Klima (Best Student projects on Climate Change) features many of the student projects that made it to the finals together with its top three winners. You can find out more about the Kalma Klima Winners by following this link. The video offers doable and sustainable projects that can help mitigate Climate Change. The video was hosted by teen actress and environment advocate, Bea Binene. On the other hand,Weather-Weather Lang: Lessons in Climate Change offers global perspectives on the issue, as well as explanations and analysis by leading Philippine experts and scientists involved in climate change adaptation. Both videos are made possible with the support of Foundation for the Philippine Environment.

Catch Kalma Klima and Weather-Weather Lang on these time slots:

Nov 18(Mon) – 10:00pm
Nov 20(Wed) – 9:20pm
Nov 21(Thu) – 10:00pm
Nov 23(Sat) – 9:40pm

Or log on to Knowldege Channel for their channel guide:

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The Best of Kalma Klima: Best Student Projects on Climate Change

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Fotor07118308CFA’s Kalma Klima Environmental Project Contest came to a close on June 29, 2013. Among the entries submitted by several Metro Manila schools, the judges chose ten finalists, three of which eventually won top prizes. The contest was undertaken by the Communication Foundation for Asia with the support of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).

Third prize went to Manggahan High School’s Basura mo, Palitan ko. Their project to turn garbage into an entrepreneurial venture involving the whole school allowed them to gain a substantial profit from otherwise disposable garbage.

Coming in at second place was Tabing Ilog Vertical Garden Making from the fourth year students of Dr. Juan Nolasco High School. The ambitious project, which gained community support from a barangay in Tondo, Manila, enabled them to use the vertical gardens for vegetable planting and encouraged the neighborhood to stop using the river for their waste disposal.

The judges awarded first prize to the students of Manresa High School with their Kalma Klima Project. Their project came about after attending CFA’s Kalma Klima Forum last November 16, 2012, where this student project contest was launched. The group came up with a holistic project using the acronym KLIMA: Kamalayan, Lahok, Impok, Magtanim and Alterasyon which gained the support of the whole school and the community. As one of the participating students, Tristan Gabriel D. Felipe, observed: “Nakakatuwa nga po kasi nang ginagawa naming yung project, naging school wide na po siya.”

Among the guests at the awarding ceremony were NCR Regional Director Engr. Vizminda Osorio of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR, and three members of the contest panel of judges: Mr. Albert Magalang, Head of Climate Change Office, EMB; Dr. Carmel A. Gacho, Supervising Science Research Specialist, Environment and Biotech Division, ITDI-DOST and Mr. Godofredo Villapando, the Executive Director of FPE. In their remarks, Mr Villapando expressed his satisfaction with the project, which has obtained wide support from the participating schools and communities while CFA’s Executive Director Terry Hermano commended the determination of the contest participants to pass on the projects to the next batch of students so that these can be sustained.

The top three winners won cash prizes and trophies which were part of the CFA-FPE project. There were also certificates for each of the students and schools that participated in the top ten projects.

Other sponsors during the event were ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan and Philippine Science Centrum. They provided free tickets to La Mesa Eco Park and Philippine Science Centrum museum which were awarded to the finalists.

All finalists and the winners will be presented in a ‘best practices’ video being produced by CFA, which will be available soon. The video will emphasize simple and practical ways by which ordinary people can help counter climate change.

Student Embark on Climate Change Initiatives

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Young students have shown growing interest in environmental issues, spurred on by their own concern over the increasingly unusual weather patterns and worsening typhoon flooding that the country has seen in recent years.  This interest was very much in evidence among the students who attended CFA’s Kalma-Klima Forum in November last year and also among the students who participated in the environmental project contest which was launched at that same forum.

The contest is part of the program undertaken by the Communication Foundation for Asia with the support of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).  The contest invited high school students in Metro Manila to come up with environmental projects that would address Climate Change and involve the community in their efforts. Contest organizers required that the project entries must show not just ingenuity but also adaptability and sustainability so that other groups are able to repeat these efforts in their respective areas.

Two sets of prominent judges from the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environment Management Bureau, Climate Change Commission, Department of Education and the University of the Philippines–Institute of Environmental Science selected the ten finalists as well as the top winners.

The student projects varied from simple recycling, waste segregation and farming to the more complicated and scientific culturing of fish stocks, a floating model house, or the manufacture of sturdier boards from coco-fiber. The CFA team conducted project visits and saw first-hand how the high schoolers were able to convince their respective communities to participate in their projects and create programs that will mitigate the effects of Climate Change.

Manila Science High School gave a model design and mathematical proof that a one-storey house can be constructed in such a way that it would float during floods.  Las Piñas High School showed how laundry water can be filtered and used to grow Nile Tilapia.  Dr. Juan Nolasco High School rounded up their barangay and led a clean-up campaign for the Estero Pritil with two projects, Ibalik ang Ganda ng Estero Pritil and Vertical Garden Growing.  Meanwhile, Manresa High School used a holistic approach with their Kalma Klima project which included an information drive, waste segregation and management campaign, composting and recycling, among others. Tondo High School presented two scientific projects to recycle waste products to produce new industrial materials. One group added chicken feathers to make raw fabric while another group used coco-fiber as an additional component to make fire-resistant fiberglass.  Manggahan High School used the popular Farmville game as an inspiration for their project. Likewise, another group from the same school turned entrepreneurial and encouraged the community to segregate their garbage in exchange for practical goods with their Basura Mo, Palitan Ko project. And finally, Claro M. Recto High School, in their Lights Off, Life Goes On project, addressed Climate Change in the most simple and practical way… by saving electricity.

A ‘best practices’ video featuring some of the finalists’ projects will be produced by CFA for public distribution in the next few months. The video will emphasize simple and practical ways through which ordinary people can help counter Climate Change.