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Submitted by Monica Cassandra Capala on

Climate change has been an international concern for many years. The world is experiencing global crisis, especially in the Philippines where it has been experiencing natural calamities such as typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, floods and unpredictable weather.

I’ve been residing in the Philippines for the past 2 years, and before that, I was visiting every year. Without a doubt, I believe that Manila is a green house emitter with the uncontrolled pollution caused by the amount of cars on the road, the accumulation of rubbish and open burning.

I would like to share my observation. Coming from Australia and also visiting other countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, these countries are very disciplined in keeping their countries clean and to a relatively high standard. To simply put it, not all people, but many people in the Philippines lack discipline. The establishment of Climate Change Commission (CCC) should be acknowledged for taking the first few steps for improvement and prevention for the negative effects of climate change. Sadly, referring back to the article, it states that it lacks the funds and the manpower to be as effective as it is proposed to be. I completely understand that budget is scarce, therefore it will also lack in manpower, but if the Government took their time to educate the public, and do their best to implement rules into the mind’s of society, it would be much more effective.

Instead of being concerned about current issues, we should all be more concerned with the prevention of these issues reoccurring again. People need to realise how dire our situation is. The Philippines is very susceptive to natural disasters since it’s an archipelago, so as individuals, we all need to do our part to prevent further disasters from being extremely destructive such as:- throwing away rubbish, conserving energy and learning to walk or ride a bike every now and then to decrease pollution. One person may not change everything but if every individual does his or her part, then it would be more effective. Change starts from within. Change should start now.