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Asia Unites to Fight Climate Change
Source: positivenewsmedia.net
Source Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Created: Oct 10, 2010

MANILA, Oct. 10 (PNA) - Ten Asian countries will hold on Sunday synchronized tree planting activities to promote regional cooperation in addressing climate change.

It is a project of Jenesys-Alumni, a network of about 300 young Asian professionals working for governments, international organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and International Labor Organization, local NGOs, and the media.

The network aims to advance coordinated solutions to the region’s pressing challenges.

“Climate change is a global problem that strikes Asia the most because many of our countries are archipelagos. We are the first to submerge if seawaters rise,” said project overall coordinator Joe Lim of the Singapore Environment Council.

Asia also suffers from extreme weather conditions that experts blame on climate change. Last year's typhoon Ketsana submerged several Asian cities in floodwaters and killed hundreds of people.

“The project gives everyone a chance to be part of rebuilding our own ecosystem. It takes less than five minutes to plant one seedling. If we spend as much time rebuilding our forest resources as we do on Facebook, we will have millions of seedlings planted each day,” said Philippines coordinator JP Alipio of the Cordillera Conservation Trust.

The participating countries are Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Japan, Cambodia, Brunei, Burma, and Thailand.

The tree planting project launches Jenesys-Alumni's “Building a Shared Future” project, where they will hold regular regional activities that will contribute to awareness and solutions to challenges such as environmental degradation, poverty, migration, cultural diversity, and conflict.

“One cannot isolate oneself from the world. To win our battles, we need concerted efforts from different parts of the region and across all walks of life,” said Filipino Muslim filmmaker Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan, also a member of Jenesys-Alumni.

"Our problem in Mindanao is the same problem faced by our neighboring countries. I hope that this new network can do something in the future to achieve peace in the region," Mangansakan said.

Mangansakan's Cinemalaya film “Limbunan,” the first Moro full-length narrative film, is currently making waves in European film festivals.

Jenesys-Alumni is an offshoot of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (Jenesys) Future Leaders Program.

The young Asian professionals were invited to Japan at different times to attend workshops on various issues. After a June 2010 reunion in Manila, the members decided to create the regional network to work on projects independent of the Japanese government.
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