Climate Tracker Asia hosted its first in-person meeting with its esteemed Board of Directors and Advisory Board to discuss strategies to elevate the voices of the most climate-vulnerable communities in the region. 

The organization’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board members—composed of renowned leaders in climate communication, advocacy, and policy—pledged their continued support and expertise to ensure Climate Tracker Asia’s success at a gathering held last January 22 in Quezon City. 

In attendance were board members AG Saño and Ludwig Federigan, and advisory board members Kharishar Kahfi, Reginald Rex Barrer and Rodne Galicha. 

Climate Tracker Asia regional director Biena Magbitang described the in-person meeting as a “game-changer.”

“Their profound wisdom and unwavering dedication have sparked a renewed sense of enthusiasm in me as we dive into the implementation of our plans. Their passion further fortifies our commitment to amplifying the stories of the most climate-vulnerable in the region,” Magbitang said. 

Key highlights of the meeting included empowering local journalists to document stories from the frontline of the climate crisis, and forging partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders working on climate issues in Asia. 

Climate Tracker Asia held a series of online meetings with its Board of Directors and Advisory Board throughout 2023, culminating in last month’s in-person gathering.

Get to know the members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board here:


A.G. Saño

A.G. is a multi-awarded Filipino artist who has painted more than 900 murals in 16 countries depicting peace and the environment. 

A.G. is a conservationist and has been involved in marine research since 2000. He is a founding member of Balyena.org, a non-profit focused on marine mammal research and conservation in the Philippines.

WWF granted the Hero for the Environment Award, while the US State Department gave him a special honor for his environmental activism. A.G. also received an award from RARE.org for his contributions to Philippine coral reef conservation.

Marinel Ubaldo

Marinel is a dedicated advocate for climate justice and environmental protection. She is a registered social worker and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in environmental management at Duke University, specializing in environmental economics and policy. 

Marinel held several positions, including international youth advisor and advocacy officer for climate justice and youth engagement at Living Laudato Si’ Philippines. She was also the Philippine country coordinator for UN COY Glasgow and a Greenpeace volunteer.  

A survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Marinel sheds light on the realities of climate change and urges world leaders to uphold their climate commitments.

Ludwig Federigan

Ludwig is the founding executive director of the Young Environmental Forum and a non-resident fellow of the think tank Stratbase ADR Institute. 

Ludwig is also a Climate Reality Leader trained by former United States Vice President Al Gore and twice mentor. 

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Don Bosco Technical College and completed his Executive Master in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management at the Asian Institute of Management.

Kharishar Kahfi

Kharishar, or Kuka, is an Indonesian journalist who specializes in science and environmental stories. He currently serves as a deputy editor at The Jakarta Post.

Kuka earned a Master’s degree in journalism with a focus on science, health, and environmental reporting from New York University.

Reginald Rex Barrer

Rex is both an environmental scientist and organization development practitioner, with more than 25 years of experience working for government as well as non-profit and for-profit sectors. 

He currently teaches climate change, urbanization, and sustainable development at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also serves as an adviser to several organizations focused on renewable energy.

Rex is a mountaineer, a scuba diver, and an advocate of active transportation.

Rodne Galicha

Rodne is a Filipino environmentalist and climate advocate. He currently serves as the executive director of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines, a movement focused on ethical and environmentally sustainable investments and practices of Catholic institutions and individuals.

He also served as the convenor of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas and Philippine branch manager of The Climate Reality Project. 

In 2018, Rodne was named one of the country’s The Outstanding Young and Women.

Climate Tracker Asia is interested in collaborating with individuals and organizations dedicated to amplifying the narratives of climate-vulnerable communities and driving solutions. If you share the same passion and vision, we invite you to leave us a message here. Let’s change the world, one story at a time!

 

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