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Negrense ‘global changemaker’ in Switzerland for youth summit

SWITZERLAND. Negrense “global changemaker” Elmeer Meeynard Calimpos (second from left) at the ongoing 2019 Global Youth Summit in Switzerland. (Contributed photo)

THE Negrense youth climate advocate, who is the only Filipino to be given a prestigious title as “global changemaker” this year, is now attending the 2019 Global Youth Summit in Switzerland.

Elmeer Meeynard Calimpos, 21, of Barangay 16 in Bacolod City, is among the 60 young people chosen by international organization Global Changemakers mainly for the “solution” he initiated addressing climate change and plastic pollution.

They are currently joining the network of “global changemakers” comprised of at least 1,000 young leaders from across the world for a week-long summit running until tomorrow, July 19.

Calimpos said being in an international network of young leaders around the world is a bliss to develop my skills in attaining sustainable development goals.

Calimpos said he realized that young people can change the world through grassroots activism like community development, social action, and social planning.

“I can attest how inspiring and moving my fellow changemakers are and it would be an honor if I could do something big for my dear city and province someday,” he added.

The Negrense youth environment advocate is the founder of the Bacolod Core: Children Optimization for the Revitalization of Environment.

Bacolod Core is a local youth-led organization with a heart for building a community of environmentally conscious children for the children to their children, the nation, and to God.

Through the organization formed in February 2018, he is advocating for a multi-step learning process to the children on their formative stage.

This is through inculcating the values of environmental stewardship through education, experiential learning and exposure for a sustainable and balanced ecology.

Calimpos earlier told SunStar Bacolod that joining the event is a freedom for a young Filipino like him to represent the Philippines


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