COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila [fr]

With less than two months left before countries all over the world come together to conclude a landmark deal for the planet, the Embassy of France to the Philippines is hosting a week dedicated to highlighting the role of civil society in facing the climate challenge.


“COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila” takes inspiration from the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change, a global appeal to act for the climate that was jointly launched by President François Hollande and President Benigno Aquino III in the Philippines last February.

This “Climate Week,” which takes place from October 5 to 11, will bring together civil society representatives, artists, members of the academe, government officials, and other stakeholders, as well as the general public, for a series of conferences, art exhibits and performances, film screenings, and other activities to contribute to the local discourse on the climate, offer solutions, and express their commitment to the conclusion of an ambitious, universal, and legally binding agreement on the climate during COP21 in Paris this December.

Everyone is enjoined to participate in the Climate Week activities and take a stand for the climate!


eARTh: Bringing the Climate Issue to the People through Art


- Surface Tension: Perspectives on the Changing Landscape brings together 3 Filipino visual artists Wawi Navarozza, MM Yu and Veejay Villafranca in a photography exhibit that will run from October 5 to November 12, 2015 at the Alliance française de Manille. Surface Tension provides a synthesis of perspectives on the evolution of our land and its interaction with human beings.


- MAP for CLIMATE is an exhibit of artists invited to highlight their works inspired by the environment and contribute to the climate discussion through shows, talks and performances at the Archivo 1984 Gallery from October 6 to 10, 2015.

- Students of the French language aged 18 to 25 are invited to participate in Why Do I Care? A Poetry Contest for French Language Students in the Philippines. Participants must respond to two questions from the global campaign “Call of Consciences for the Climate:” Is it important to me that the adventure of mankind on Earth can continue? Am I ready to change my lifestyle today so that the children of our children can come into this world in tolerable conditions?

Selected participants will be invited to recite their poems in a public gathering at the Alliance française on October 7. One winner will be selected by a jury to participate in an all expenses paid language immersion program in France in December 2015.

- An Open Mic for the Climate will be hosted on October 9 at Sev’s Café to provide a stage for poets and other literary artists to recite their prose and poetry on the environment.

- 60 Solutions against Climate Change is an exhibition of 21 photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand from his famous series Earth from Above, which presents concrete and innovative initiatives to fight the effects of climate change and support economic development. This exhibit runs from October 9 to 23, 2015 at the Senate of the Philippines.


- Climate Rhythms is a concert at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium featuring artists with an advocacy for the environment. This concert is organized in partnership with Dakila and the National Parks Development Committee.

Conference series

With civil society at the heart of the week-long event, themed conferences will serve as the venue for representatives from different NGOs, the academe, students, government workers, artists, and members of the media to raise issues, identify problems, opportunities and solutions, and establish networks in realizing their roles in addressing climate change.

Each conference will feature experts specializing in fields relevant to the given themes. An artistic component provided by participating artists will accompany the discussions for a lively and more meaningful interaction between the speakers and the audience.

Those interested in joining the conferences must pre-register by sending an email to with the following their name, affiliation and organization before October 2, 2015.

Conference 1: COP21 – Expectations, Challenges, and Opportunities
October 6, 9:00am to 12:00nn, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell, Makati City

Climate experts, representatives from the national government, and members of the Philippine negotiating team will provide a general introduction to the UN Climate Change Conference, focusing on discussions on the contributions of both developed and developing countries, including the Philippines, to international climate negotiations. COP21 aims to conclude a climate agreement that will enter into force in 2020 and introduce a paradigm shift, recognizing the climate challenge not only as a shared burden of emissions, but rather as an opportunity for job creation and economic wealth, providing opportunities that would enable political, economic, social and sustainable development.

Speakers: Laurent Legodec (Embassy of France to the Philippines), Climate Change Commission, Mattias Lentz (Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines), Voltaire Alferez (Christian Aid), Catherine Young (The Apocalypse Project), Atty. Ping Peria (BITS Policy Center), Roger Garinga (IDEAS), Ding Dong Dantes (National Youth Commission)

Conference 2: Climate Justice

October 6, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell, Makati City

The Philippines is at the forefront of the climate justice movement, which attempts to explain the social impact of climate disruption as an ethical issue. While climate change is initially seen as a matter of scientific debate and discussion, its consequences are felt by all - women, indigenous peoples, fisherfolk and coastal communities, farmers and rural communities, forest communities, formal and informal workers, environmental groups, and the urban poor.

Speakers: Fr. John Leydon (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines), Renee Julienne Karunungan (Dakila), Rodne Galicha (The Climate Reality Project Philippines), Veejay Villafranca (Silverlens), Joyce Melcar-Tan (Ateneo de Manila University). Anna Abad (Greenpeace Southeast Asia), Gerard Arances (Philippine Movement for Climate Justice), Nikolo Salazar (artist), Martin Amar (Asian Development Bank)

Conference 3: The Conservation of Culture and Heritage in the Context of Climate Change
October 7, 2015, 9:00am to 12:00nn, University of Santo Tomas

While the impact of climate disruption is most evident in the destruction caused by extreme weather events and imbalances within ecosystems, its effects on cultural heritage is often overlooked. Experts will provide another dimension to the climate issue by emphasizing the consequences of global warming on tangible and intangible heritage and will propose the creation of a national resolution on the preservation and conservation of culture and tradition in the face of climate change.

Speakers: Augusto Villalon (ICOMOS), Ivan Henares (Heritage Conservation Society), Ana Labrador (National Museum), Atty. Leonor Oralde-Quintayo (National Commission on Indigenous Peoples), Katherine Mana-Galido (Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme), Renato Redentor Constatino (Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities), Eric Zerrudo (University of Santo Tomas)

Conference 4: Communicating Climate Change - A Media Workshop on Climate Reporting
October 8, 2015, 9:00am to 12:00nn, De La Salle University

The media plays a vital role not only in explaining the science of climate change to the greater public, but in providing a voice for different sectors in policy making and in global discourse. A media workshop conducted by veteran editors and journalists in both print and media will focus on the use of tools in effectively communicating climate issues to the public, and will be followed by a panel discussion on whether the media can play a vital role in local and international exchanges on the environment.

Speakers: Imelda Abaño and Anna Valermo (editor-in-chief and reporter, Philippines EnviroNews), John Nery and Kristine Sabillo (editor-in-chief and reporterm, Rene Aranda (cartoonist, Philippine Star), Pia Ranada (reporter, Rappler), Karl Malakunas (bureau chief, Agence France Presse)

Conference 5: Sustainable Cities and Energy Transition
October 8, 2015, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, De La Salle University

Faced with rapid industrialization and urbanization, cities around the world are becoming more and more vulnerable to climate impacts. It has now become imperative for policymakers, civil society representatives, and the private sector to cooperate in the proper planning of cities and the introduction of innovations to create climate-resilient and sustainable communities to mitigate and adapt to the challenges brought by climate change.

Speakers: Gene Ferrer (Aksyon Klima Pilipinas), Renato Redentor Constatino (Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities), Phillip Fullon (Carbon Footprint Network), Ma. Assunta Cuyegkeng (Ateneo Institute of Sustainability), Melvin Purzuelo (Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy), Atty. Gia Ibay (World Wide Fund for Nature), Catherine Young (artist), Christophe Blanchot (French Development Agency)

Film screenings

A series of French films (with English subtitles) will also be shown to the public free of charge at the cinematheque of the Alliance française de Manille.

Tara, le voyage au cœur de la machine climatique (Tara : The Voyage in the Heart of the Climate Machine)
October 6, Tuesday, 5:00pm

The polar vessel, Tara, takes off on a dangerous adventure across the glacial Arctic Ocean. Beyond the challenges, the scientific mission will discover a disturbing reality for the climate.

La prophétie des grenouilles (Raining Cats and Frogs)
October 7, Wednesday, 3:00pm

A new flood has befallen the Earth. Only a small group led by Ferdinand, today’s Noah, have managed to defy the elements.

Raining Cats and Frogs is a tale that revisits Noah’s Ark. Frogs, facing the event that seriously threatens all living things, decide to break their vow of silence against men.

Il était une forêt (Once upon a Forest)
October 7, Wednesday, 5:00pm

For years, director Luc Jacquet has filmed nature to move and amaze the audience through unique and exciting stories. His meeting with the botanist Francis Hallé gave birth to this heritage film about the great tropical primary forests shown through poetry and visual magic.

Closing activity: Bike to Paris - A Symbolic Bike Ride for the Climate

On the occasion of the European Climate Diplomacy Day last June 17, European diplomats in Paris biked towards the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in support of the upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference in December.

Following this expression of solidarity, the Embassy of France is taking the initiative to invite members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, representatives from civil society, media personalities, cycling advocates to join a symbolic bike ride on October 10 from the Rizal Monument to Intramuros and back.


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COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila is organized by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, in partnership with the Alliance Française de Manille, the Climate Change Commission, the National Youth Commission, the French Development Agency, Lycée Français de Manille, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, the Climate Reality Project, Dakila, Archivo 1984 Gallery, Silverlens, Pineapple Lab Gallery, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, the National Parks Development Committee, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, the University of Santo Tomas, Luneta Hotel, Sev’s Café, the UP Debate Society, SM, the Firefly Brigade, UP Bike Share, Marithé François Girbaud, the Aristocrat Restaurant, and media partners ANC, CNN Philippines, Philippine EnviroNews,, Rappler, and the Manila Bulletin.

Dernière modification : 22/10/2015

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