Why change the current?
The Philippines is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as increased frequency of extreme weather events, extreme rainfall, and
sea level rise.
Children and youth are experiencing these effects, threatening their wellbeing, survival, and access to social services. To increase their ability to adapt to the climate crisis,
we must change the current.
Reference: UNICEF Environment and Climate Change Programme
"The growth and skills I gained will always be instilled wherever I am in this walk of life. It was a life-changing Change the Current."
— YSEALI Change the Current Participant
How we're changing the current
Participants are selected from four DepEd Divisions that are vulnerable to climate change impacts: Albay, Dipolog, Samar, and Valenzuela.
32 youth leaders
(18 to 23 years old) from all over the Philippines representing 25 projects for climate action
120 public school teachers
across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
Meet our Climate Changemakers
The pilot run of Change the Current was an online training in partnership with the Department of Education's Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service and Youth Formation Division and UNICEF Philippines.
The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Change the Current (CTC) seeks to empower Filipino youth, 18 to 23 years old, by developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills and leading climate change-related projects in their communities. Participants are expected to attend a virtual training program and propose climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in their home communities. Fourteen emerging youth leaders joined us for the in-person component of YSEALI Change the Current.
The first four workshops of Change the Current 2.0, program to equip teachers in implementing climate change education and action in schools across Luzon, Visayas, to Mindanao teaching and learning from over 120 public school teachers.