“Land, Air, Water and Sun (LAWS) constitute the universe
that gives life to man”-- this, according to Secretary Neric
Acosta, is the basic principle that establishes "the indubitable
connection of mankind to the ailing environment, the sole provider
of mankind’s energy"—the very energy that propels
the youth leaders to act in unity to adapt and mitigate the inevitable
effects of climate change.
Thirty young leaders belonging to Liberal
Party (LP) youth groups actively took part in a 2-day seminar
entitled “Y-Click: Youth Address Climate Change”
on 3-4 March 2012 at the Caliraya Recreation Center in Lumban,
Sec. Acosta discussed the national
Climate Change Action Plan and encouraged the youth "to
save the environment that has already been in critical condition".
Saying that, “as liberal youth, you should expand your understanding
of freedom—not just in terms of what freedom the free market,
free press and human rights and free society offer—but remembering
that it is life and nature that makes everyone free-these came
to us and we came to them, free of charge. It is then our responsibility
to protect them, first and foremost.”
Undersecretary Chito Gascon linked liberalism to environmental
protection. He emphasized the significance of liberals, as advocates
of market economy, in environmental and climate change politics.
He said that the liberal youth has a critical role to play in
pushing for market-oriented mechanisms and policies that value
the concept of ownership and take into account externalities for
International Federation of Liberal
Youth’s (IFLRY) Secretary General, Ms. Naomi Ichihara-Rokkum
flew all the way from Norway to empower the liberal youth as she
imparted “Youth Initiatives for Change” and “Transformational
Atty. Ronaldo Guttierrez, professor at the Ateneo law School and
Executive Director of Upholding Life And Nature (ULAN)
shared his thoughts about Intergenerational Equity: Responsibility
to the Next Generation.
Jules Maaten, FNF Philippines Country Director lauded the participants
as he said, “this event is important for liberalism in the
Philippines, where there is a need for a new generation-- the
‘thinking young people’-- to provide new solutions
and new answers that will move the party and the country forward.”
The participants engaged in debates and in working groups and
workshops to develop these different themes, and finished off
the weekend outdoors with an Amazing Race for the environment.
This 2-day seminar was organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
for Freedom (FNF), a German political foundation that promotes
the liberal principles of participatory democracy, human rights,
and free market.