Written by Shaina Agbayani. Click here to donate to support connecting Filipino-Canadian youth in attending PowerShift Pilipinas.
I'm Shaina, one of the youth selected to represent Filipino-Canadians at Powershift Pilipinas.
I am passionate about uncovering and challenging the realities of climate change as they intersect with the personal narratives of the Filipinos whose lives are being so imminently impacted by climate change.
As a woman of color in various predominantly-white sustainability spaces, I've developed a heightened awareness of the value of spaces that connect discussions about sustainability and climate change with discussions about race and colonialism. The opportunity to engage with Filipino-centered discussion about climate change would be invaluable for me to make my climate justice work stronger by increasing my understanding of these connections.
On November 15, youth from many countries will bring student activism to the forefront of the United Nations climate negotiations taking place in Warsaw, Poland. The side event, titled “The Potential of Divestment: Changing the Landscape of Climate Politics to 2015”, will shed light on the technical aspects of the tactic, as well as share stories from the movement and explore ways in which delegates can divest in many parts of their everyday lives.
After departing Halifax at 1630 on June 23rd, I arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, the following day at 1330. The visa and customs process was insane, with hundreds of people waiting in long ques to visit the city that was first established in 660 BC as Byzantium, reestablished as Constantinople in 330 CE, and is now the second largest city in the world (by population within city limits) with a permanent population of 13.5 million. And although this city and country have facsinated me for years, I was not here to sightsee, I was here for a different reason.