To mark Earth Day on April 22, a three-episode travel vlog illuminating the impact of climate change in the Philippines is now available to watch on Cinemata.
The KalikaSan Tayo? series – a play on the words kalikasan (environment) and saan tayo (where are we going?) – tells the stories and experiences of Filipino island communities living under the constant threat of sea-level rise and the worsening impact of climate change. The travel vlogs were produced by Greenpeace Philippines, an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviours to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.
From typhoon survivors finding innovative ways to avert future environmental disasters to residents working to protect their communities and seek climate justice, the videos amplify voices on the frontlines of climate impact. Highlighting the intersectionality between social issues and the climate crisis, the series hopes to raise community awareness of the need for urgent action and a just energy transition to address the issue – greening the economy in a way that is fair and inclusive, creating decent work opportunities, and leaving no one behind.
Watch all three episodes on Cinemata.
Episode 1: Let’s go explore Dinagat Islands
In this episode, host Jun Sabayton visits Dinagat Islands in Mindanao, one of the provinces devastated by Typhoon Odette (Rai), in December 2021. Many houses were destroyed while damaged power lines left residents in the dark. In collaboration with the local government, Greenpeace installed a solar panel at the community gymnasium that provided light on the island.
Episode 2: Let’s go explore Bohol
In recent years, typhoons have been getting stronger due to climate change. When Typhoon Odette hit Bohol, many trees fell, and croplands were flooded. Still, residents were able to get back on their feet and earn a living through community and organic farming. In this episode, hosts talk to farmers and young people who are helping mitigate the climate crisis in their communities.
Episode 3: Let’s go explore Eastern Samar
Nine years after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit Eastern Samar and killed thousands of people, nightmares still linger for its residents. While the province boasts beautiful beaches perfect for tourism, the impact of climate change is severely affecting the livelihood of many fishermen. To adapt, communities are keeping and cultivating mangroves to lessen the harsh impact of typhoons.