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http://opinion.inquirer.net/105907/climate-change-agriculture-food-security

By: Rex L. Navarro

Source: Inquirer.Net | 29 July 2017

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Dennis-Gupa-new-headshotDoctoral student Dennis Gupa has been awarded this year’s Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award by the Young People’s Theatre for his work on climate change.

Gupa is studying Sea Rituals, Climate Change and Applied Theatre Research at the University of Victoria (UVic).

Gupa will use the $10,000 prize to craft a performance that will involve artists from the Philippines and Canada, as well as Indigenous elders and their seacoast communities, who together will build an ecological framework to understand the relationships between human beings, the ocean and the earth.

In this study, Gupa aims to respond to this question specifically: To what extent can applied theatre as an art facilitate the articulation of indigenous ways of knowing about ecological sustainability and climate change?

Read more: Dennis Gupa wins $10,000 award: Climate change work recognized

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According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2023, an estimated 244,997 people are highly susceptible to landslides, with Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, and Rizal having the highest population exposure.

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – With the rainy season in full swing, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here has reminded communities residing in hazard-prone areas to always be prepared for disasters.

PDRRMO officer-in-charge Cruzalde Ablaña said people living in hilly to mountainous areas, and along the shoreline and rivers are vulnerable to climate-related hazards such as landslides, storm surges, and flooding.

Read more: Palawan's hazard-prone towns identified

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