7 Filipino Youth-Led Environmental Groups You Can Join

Sep 6, 2023 0 comments

It's official - the Philippines is experiencing an intensified monsoon season! But let's not just brush it off as a wet inconvenience - it's time to face the reality of climate change.

With our environmental crisis, the urgency to act on climate change grows as heavy rains and flooding become more frequent. You may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what you can do, but there are ways to make a difference. Especially here in the Philippines, where coastal areas are at risk from rising sea levels and monsoon-related disasters, we need to come together and stand up for Mother Nature.

Luckily, inspiring and impactful Filipino youth-led organizations are leading the way and making a difference. So grab a warm drink and let's get to know seven of these amazing groups and get involved!


Kids4Kids is an environmental group that aims to empower the youth in taking action towards a sustainable future. The group is composed of young individuals who are passionate about environmental conservation and want to make a positive impact in their communities. One of their main goals is to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage others to take action. The group does this by organizing educational campaigns and events that promote sustainable practices such as recycling, composting, and reducing waste. They also collaborate with local businesses and organizations to promote eco-friendly products and services. They also believe in the importance of hands-on experience in environmental conservation. The group participates in various activities such as beach cleanups, tree planting, and community gardening.

Another important aspect of Kids4Kids is their leadership and mentorship program. The group provides opportunities for young individuals to develop leadership skills and become mentors to other youth interested in environmental conservation. This program not only helps to create a sustainable future but also empowers the youth to become leaders in their communities. 

Save Masungi

Save Masungi is a movement that was started to protect and preserve the Masungi Georeserve, a conservation area located in the Rizal province of the Philippines. The Masungi Georeserve is a natural wonder that is home to a variety of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

It was started by a group of concerned citizens who were alarmed by the rapid destruction of the georeserve due to illegal logging, quarrying, and mining activities. The movement aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the georeserve and to mobilize support for its protection.

Since its inception, the Save Masungi movement has grown rapidly, with thousands of people joining the cause. The movement has been successful in raising awareness about the importance of preserving the georeserve and has helped to stop illegal activities within the area. Through this movement, guidelines has been established for responsible tourism in the area, such as limiting the number of visitors and promoting eco-friendly activities.

The movement has also been instrumental in supporting research and conservation efforts within the georeserve. This includes monitoring the health of the ecosystems and conducting studies on the rare and endangered species found within the area. 

Kilos Ko Youth

Kilos Ko Youth is a movement that aims to empower and inspire the Filipino youth to take action towards creating positive change in their communities. 

They are based on three core principles: active citizenship, volunteerism, and youth empowerment. The movement encourages young people to be more engaged in their communities and to take an active role in shaping the future of the country. It also promotes volunteerism as a way to make a positive impact and to develop skills and experiences that will be beneficial in their personal and professional lives.

They emphasize the importance of youth empowerment, which involves providing young people with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Through various programs and initiatives, Kilos Ko Youth aims to equip the youth with the knowledge, skills, and mindset they need to become effective leaders and change-makers. They also partner with various organizations and institutions to provide opportunities for young people to engage in activities that promote social responsibility and civic engagement. These include community service projects, leadership training, and advocacy campaigns. 

Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines

Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines (YS4CP) is a movement of young people who are concerned about the impact of climate change on our planet. The movement seeks to raise awareness about the urgent need for action on climate change and to encourage people to take action to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines movement is part of a global movement of young people who are taking action on climate change. It was inspired by the actions of Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish activist who started a school strike for climate action in 2018.

They organize peaceful protests and demonstrations to raise awareness about the urgent need for action on climate change. The movement also engages in advocacy and lobbying efforts to push for policies that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. 

Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP)

Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP) is a youth-led organization that aims to create a sustainable future for the Philippines by advocating for climate action. Established in 2015, YACAP is composed of young individuals who are passionate about environmental issues and committed to making a positive change.

YACAP believes that young people have a crucial role to play in addressing climate change, as they are the ones who will inherit the planet and its problems. Thus, the organization focuses on empowering youth to take action and become leaders in their communities.

One of their main programs is the Youth Advocates for Climate Action Academy, which is a training program for young people who want to become climate advocates. The academy provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead climate action initiatives in their communities.

Aside from the academy, YACAP also organizes various campaigns and events to raise awareness about climate change. These include tree planting activities, climate strikes, and educational workshops. They were also recognized for their efforts in advocating for climate action. In 2019, the organization was awarded the Youth Leadership Award by the Climate Reality Project Philippines for its outstanding work in raising awareness about climate change and empowering young people to take action. 

SustainablePh Youth

SustainablePh Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development and environmental conservation among the youth in the Philippines. The organization was founded in 2018 by a group of young environmental advocates who are passionate about creating a more sustainable future for the country.

The mission of SustainablePh Youth is to empower and inspire young people to take action towards sustainable development and environmental conservation. The organization aims to provide education, training, and resources to young people to enable them to become effective leaders in their communities and to make a positive impact on the environment.

Aside from that, SustainablePh Youth also engages in various environmental conservation activities such as tree planting, beach cleanups, and waste segregation campaigns. These activities not only help to protect the environment but also provide opportunities for young people to connect with nature and to develop a sense of responsibility towards the environment. 

Youth for Climate Hope

Youth for Climate Hope is a coalition of youth organizations and individuals in Negros Occidental concerned about the pressing climate crisis. They are dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and combating climate change. The organization is made up of young people who are passionate about creating a better future for their communities and the world at large.

One of the main goals of Youth for Climate Hope is to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Philippines and the world. The organization does this through educational campaigns, workshops, and community outreach programs. They also work to empower young people to take action on climate change, whether that means participating in protests, working with local governments to implement sustainable policies, or simply making lifestyle changes to reduce their carbon footprint.

In addition to advocating for environmental sustainability, Youth for Climate Hope also works to promote social justice and equity. The organization recognizes that climate change disproportionately affects marginalized communities, such as indigenous peoples and low-income neighborhoods. As such, they work to ensure that these communities have a voice in the fight against climate change and are not left behind in the transition to a sustainable future. 

The youth is still the future!

It's time we talk about getting involved. Taking care of the environment doesn't require superhuman strength or a degree in environmental science—it just takes a little bit of effort and dedication.

Our planet is in desperate need of environmental help and change, and the future of our planet is in our hands. Filipino youth are rising to the call of action and creating meaningful environmental initiatives. Joining one of these organizations will be a rewarding and meaningful experience for you, and contribute to making a difference in the environment. Make a difference and get involved with a Filipino youth-led environmental organization today!

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