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December 14, 2021

Two decades ago, the people of Barangay Payatas, Quezon City, Philippines suffered in a devastating tragedy. Now two decades ahead, they may very well suffer again, albeit a different tragedy. With the rise of calls for climate action, Gold Gears' Guinevere Constantino, through the C40 Students Reinventing Cities competition, explains how dealing with the 2000 Payatas Tragedy can pave the way in addressing the climate crisis.

Videography, edit and animation by Genher Cruz, Guinevere Constantino, Clare Angela Enriquez and Meg Jason Paule.

Gold Gears Team is composed of Guinevere Constantino, Liann James Malubay, Crystal Capiral, Meigan Ira Isidro, Dann Dexter Corpus and Jeffrey Clemente from BulSU, under the guidance of Dr. Edwin Tadiosa, Debbie Ann Tuazon and Ernalin Bastante from College of Science, BulSU.

C40 Students Reinventing Cities is a global competition that invites students and universities to collaborate with global cities to share their visions for green & thriving neighbourhoods. Find out more about this project:

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community. Learn more at Guinevere Constantino is a fourth-year student pursuing Environmental Science at Bulacan State University. A long-standing student leader in various organisations, she co-founded an environmental organisation at her university that focuses on environmental science and sustainability. With a passion to lead and organise, she takes an active role in environmental and climate action through arranging community-based projects and environmental activities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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