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SPS and Nipa Brew host Commservation Workshop

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Save Philippine Seas is hosting another Commservation Workshop with Nipa Brew, Filipino handcrafted beverages brewed for adventure. The Commservation Workshop will have two sessions: Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers and Writing Letters to Leaders.

Poliseas: Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers: Learn about key environmental laws that have relevance and impact to your daily lives. Provisions from the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Local Government Code, Climate Change Act, Wildlife Act, and more will be explained. Find out how knowing the law can empower you to take action. For this session, Alex Gamboa, environmental lawyer and law professor will serve as the resource speaker.

Writing Letters to Leaders: “Writing letters to leaders has been my hobby since college,” shared Anna Oposa, Chief Mermaid of SPS. Some of the letters she has written or co-written has influenced the University of the Philippines-Diliman to stop using polystyrene (Styrofoam); stop the release of balloons and lanterns in several municipalities and cities around the Philippines; and led to stronger enforcement of existing policies. Find out her tips and tricks in writing sincere but strong letters.

The Commservation Workshop will be held in the Nipa Brewhouse & Taproom, Solace Hotel, Makati from 2:00-6:00PM. The Commservation Workshop fee is P1,000 from Jan. 28-Feb. 16; P1,200 from Feb. 17-26; and P1,300 from Feb. 26-Feb. 29. The fee includes a flight of beer (four 120mL servings of different craft beers, served at the end of the workshop), materials, and access to an online library curated especially for the participants. The workshop is open to all ages and backgrounds, but alcohol will only be served to participants 18 years old and above.

Register and pay for the registration fee by Wednesday, February 26, here. Details for the deposit will be shown after your registration confirmation. After your payment, please send a screenshot or photo of your proof of payment to secure your slot.

About the speakers

Anna Oposa: Anna is the co-founder, Executive Director, and Chief Mermaid of Save Philippine Seas. She graduated with a degree in BS English Studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2011, and obtained her MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London in 2015. Anna has founded and led campaigns and projects on shark conservation, waste management, and environmental education. She is passionate about the correct use of punctuation marks, youth empowerment, and squalene-free red lipsticks.

Alex Gamboa: Alex is an environmental lawyer by profession, and works as the Manager of Government Initiatives for Rare’s branch office in the Philippines. She works with the Strategy, Partnerships and Development team to engage national and sub-national government agencies and global institutions to create an enabling policy environment for the Philippines to promote and support community-led coastal and fisheries resource management. She also continually identifies avenues for engagement with various government-led projects and seeks to build the profile of Rare as a thought leader in the Philippines to promote sustainable conservation behavior. From her previous role as the Deputy Chief of the Legal Services Division of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, she contributes her experience in government policy and her experience negotiating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process.

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