Gregorio pointed out that “climate change in agriculture is not just a problem, it is a driver for research and business,” and thus,”agriculture must be treated as [a] business and industry, and our farmers must be transformed to become ‘transfarmers.'”
Sharing that he developed a solar dryer and a refrigeration system when he was still in high school, he cited the strong potential of the youth to create possibilities and new innovations in agriculture.
Affirming the potential of the youth, Aura Matias, a NAST academician, said the purpose for which the webinar series was conducted was to “inform the general public, particularly the youth, about the changing climate situation in the Philippines and how this will affect the Filipino way of life.”
LGUs trained to mainstream climate investments
Gregorio said it was goaod that young people were increasingly aware of the challenges and risks presented by the climate crisis and of the opportunity to achieve sustainable development brought by solutions to climate change.
“However, young people are not just victims, but also carry a lot of potential in carrying out and accelerating climate action. They possess massive power to advocate for change and to hold decision-makers accountable,” he added, urging the youth to “be the heroes we never were, and do it now.”