The Seminar of Youth Climate Series

First seminar of Youth Climate Series on 27 November, 2021.

NOV 27TH, 2021 YOUTH SEMINAR: “COP26: PROMISES AND PRACTICALITIES”

Dates: Saturday, November 27th

Time:     7:30PM – 9:30PM GMT+7

9:30PM – 11:30PM GMT+9

7:30AM – 9:30AM EST

The policy outcomes of COP26 have left much to be desired for what could be considered real climate action. More pledges and commitments were signed, yet key dialogues on adaptation, community resilience and, most alarmingly, corporate liability, remain frivolous and unholistic. As countries head towards a true “climate emergency mode”, it is essential to strengthen the accountability of high-emission countries and private interests, while ensuring representation for the most vulnerable stakeholders at the negotiation table.

This policy dialogue titled “Leaving COP26, What’s Next for Climate Ambition?”, invites some of the best perspectives in foreign policy and sustainable development to discuss the climate future in Asia. Jointly organized by the Asia Institute (Seoul, Korea) and Foreign Policy in Focus (Washington DC, US), the event features keynote speeches and youth-led discussion to reflect on the conference takeaways, US-Asia climate diplomacy and key adaptation issues, providing constructive guidelines to effectively “build back better” for the Asia region.

Second seminar of Youth Climate Series on 11 December, 2021.

The Asia Institute Youth Climate Series will have its second seminar this weekend, 11 December, 2021 at 19:30pm Bangkok time GMT+7

The topic was “Youth Climate Series: Energy, Infrastructure, and the SDGs”

Some of the major areas of interest concerning climate change are energy (SDG#7) and infrastructure, particularly Water and Sanitation (SDG#6). In this seminar, Dr. Jubail Pacia and Dr. Layne Hartsell will speak about these topics and then discuss with young people their questions and concerns.

Water and Sanitation (SDG#6) is a vital system for advanced, technical societies for human well-being as billions of people still lack access to safe drinking water and hygiene, and 2.3 billion live in water-stressed areas of the world. The UN SDG #6 says that the current rate of progress needs to double by 2030 to meet the challenges.

The use of fossil fuels has been known to cause climate change and warming and it is accepted today through scientific consensus and growing mainstream concern that we must act to reduce fossil fuels. Clean renewable energy is proposed and there are a number of possibilities. What are the risks and possible outcomes?

Dr. Layne Hartsell is a research professor in 3E energy, economy, and environment at the Asia Institute and at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Chulalongkorn University

Dr. Jubail W. Pacia is a chemical engineer, program manager at Manila Foundation, Technical Spokesperson for Manila Water Enterprise.

Third seminar of Youth Climate Series on 18 December, 2021.

The topic was “A Cultural Response to the Climate Crisis: Does Asian Civilization offer an Alternative?”

In this time, we invited Tipakson Manpati talked and shared experiences from field visits on the Mekong situation, villagers’ opinions on climate change as well as their adaptation.

Also, Dr. Emanuel Pastreich talked aboutAsian Cultures which make us to discuss on cultural response to the climate crisis.

Tipakson Manpati is a web manager of Mekong Commons website, an online platform created for sharing and discussing critical perspectives on current issues of development, ecology and society in the Mekong Region. She has BA. in Mass Communication from Chiang Mai University and MA. in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University. She has been working and monitoring the issues related to the Mekong River for more than 10 years.

Dr. Emanuel Pastreich is a president of the Asia Institute and expert on East Asian culture and international relations.

Fourth seminar of Youth Climate Series on 8 January, 2022.

The topic was “Environmentally Minded: Climate Education in Asia”.

In this time, we invited Christopher Ryan Maboloc to talk and then discuss various topics with the youth attending about education system in Asia. We also discussed on the issue of climate justice, the role of states and corporations, as well as our individual and collective responsibilities.

Dr. Christopher Ryan Maboloc is Associate Professor at the the Ateneo de Davao University and Visiting Professor for Global Justice at the American University of Sovereign Nations. He finished his doctorate in Philosophy, maxima cum laude, at the University of San Carlos. He obtained a Master’s in Applied Ethics from Linkoping University in Sweden and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University. He was trained in Democracy and Governance at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Bonn and Berlin, Germany. He has published more than sixty (60) indexed papers in Political Theory, Philippine Democracy and the Philosophy of Technology.