PILIPINAS SHELL last Thursday gathered bright young minds from Eton International School, The School of Academics and Arts, Trumpets Playshop as well as children of invited media guests and celebrities for a special kid-friendly discussion about energy and energy sources at the Mind Museum.
Among those who attended the event were children of celebrities like Nathan, son of Camille Prats; Micaela, daughter of Danica Sotto-Pingris; and Eia, daughter of Sherilyn Reyes-Tan.
The activity is in line with Shell’s 105th year anniversary here in the Philippines and is highlighted by the launch of their Kids #MakeTheFuture campaign video which contains inspiring stories of kids who benefit from ongoing Shell programs like the Access to Energy project, an initiative that aims to power off-grid communities in the country using renewable energy.
By holding the Kids #MakeTheFuture event last Thursday, Shell intends to create an opportunity to promote energy consciousness and education among youngsters, as well as to invite them to join the discussion on improving and making the future of energy.
Sitting down with the kids is Cesar Romero, the Country Chairman of Shell companies in the Philippines, together with Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) Managing Director Don Paulino and Country Health Manager Dr. Rose Rivera who assisted in providing insights on the many ways that everyone, including kids, use and expend energy, and what Shell does to provide them the energy that they need.
Both kids and the adult spectators learned a lot from the discussion. I, myself, have finally learned where the name “Shell” came from?
According to Romero, the company was initially in the business of selling kerosene back in the days and to maximize profit during the trade, the company would buy shells and put it on the empty kerosene barrels and sell the shells back home.
Here are just some of the topics and questions raised by the kids to the three Shell executives:
- How does cars and fuels contribute to climate change?
- What are renewable sources of energy?
- When will electric cars and charging stations be available in the country?
- What if fuel runs out?
- Is too much energy bad?
- How does Shell help in reducing our carbon footprints?
Through this activity, Pilipinas Shell renews its commitment to deliver more cleaner energy, help meet growing needs and find ways to use energy more efficiently.
At the heart of this commitment is the goal to #MakeTheFuture of energy one that is environmentally and socially responsible and thus, sustainable with the help of all stakeholders, including kids.
“Everything that we are doing today impacts on future generations, and it is interesting to see what tomorrow’s decision-makers and leaders know about energy, how they’re affected and what they think must happen to ensure that Shell can help make the future sustainable for them,” says Cesar Romero, country chairman of Shell companies in the Philippines.
Paulino said that fossil fuel is finite, that is why Shell is looking into other sources like batteries, fuel cells and other renewable energy. Their aim now is to provide products that are more energy efficient so that people would get more with lesser consumption.
“Energy is important for human development. 15% of the world’s population have zero access to energy or about 1.2 Billion people, while about 3 Billion more had to live with unsafe and often unreliable sources of energy. The challenge is therefore assigned to both production and consumption. Shell promises to do its best to produce more cleaner and affordable energy, innovate, and look for ways in a most sustainable manner. For the part of the consumers, it is very much encouraged to start with by practicing sustainable consumption and supporting brands that do more in improving the quality of life of every Filipino people.”