As part of the team of Bicolano communicators, called Bicol Umalohokan, I am using my platform and network to look for farmers who save seeds. It may be the seed of a rice variety, a vegetable, a staple crop (besides rice), a native tree, or even a mangrove species, and whatnot.
Bicol Umalohokan will feature the seed savers in their campaign, as one of the teams of Umalohokan Fellows with Oscar M. Lopez Center, an organization in the Philippines that has been organizing climate action campaigns through the Balangay Media Project.
Like the town criers (news bearers) of the past, the Umalohokan Fellows put front and center climate actions and solutions. In the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, it's clear that human activities involving global gas emissions "unequivocally" caused this unprecedented warming of the planet. So are its impacts— from more severe typhoons and droughts, making life harder for the most vulnerable (farmers included) to climate change.
Team Bicol Umalohokan's campaign is about the practice of saving seeds in the Philippines, as a scalable climate solution.
This means tackling climate change beyond clean energy solutions is just as important. As the recent IPCC report reiterates, every degree of warming avoided saves lives.
Help our group find the seed savers in the Philippines by sending a message via our official Facebook page, Bicol Umalohokan (www.facebook.com/bicolumaholokan).
#Seeds4Sustainability featuring stories of different Filipino seed savers will be curated and published on www.bicolumaholokan.com, a dedicated platform for local SDG news and updates.
ABOUT US : The Bicol Umaholokan team is composed of Solutions Journalism practitioner Mavic Conde, sustainable tourism consultant Rome Candaza, and Sustainable Development Goals #SDG2030 accelerator Apple Allison.