Maria Jaya Ariola

Published: March 18, 2024

@climatetrackerasia Do activists just... rally and rally and do nothing else? 🤷‍♀️ While rallying is an important form of protest, there are soooo many other things climate activists do 🎨🎥🥗🎤 🧠 #fyp #fypシ゚viral #philippines🇵🇭tiktok #contentcreatorshub #climatetrackerasia ♬ original sound - Climate Tracker Asia

Do activists just…rally and rally and do nothing else?

From the renewable energy “hopespot” Negros Island in the Philippines, I’ll be debunking myths about climate activism and sharing ways to make our movements more inclusive.

While rallying is an important form of protest (we’ve used this strategy to win successful campaigns for climate justice such as the 25-year long resistance against fossil fuels in our province), there are so many other activities that we engage in as activists. From making art and poetry, to organizing teach-ins, to cooking fresh hot meals for climate victims, to deepening friendship bonds—resistance can look so different, but so powerful all the same.

I’ve been an intersectional climate activist ever since my senior year of high school (around 7 years now!) and these various forms of hopeful and creative resistance fuel me and my communities every day. They serve as reminders that we can—and must—joyfully resist, and that giving in to climate despair is not an option.

In the end, everything we do matters when we do it together.