Climate change is not only a serious problem that is affecting our country but is also the current crisis the world is experiencing today.
The Philippines, like many of the world’s poor countries, will be among the most vulnerable
to the impacts of climate change because of its limited resources. With impacts ranging from extreme weather events and periodic inundation to droughts and food scarcity, climate change has been a constant reality that many Filipinos have had to face. Most affected are those living in coastal communities and the lower class urban communities that lack awareness on proper disaster management and proactive preparations to take. We have the rainy season almost all year round, however, due to the uneven distribution of rain and typhoons with respect to time and space and occurrences of fortitious events such as floods and droughts, our water resources have experienced imbalances in supply and demand. Climate change has intensified its impact on our lives and has caused an imbalance in our natural eco-system and every onslaught has become unpredictable. Global warming is expected to occur due to increased
carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere in the next few years. The El-Nino related droughts has affected our economy in terms of agriculture, health and environment. As has been mentioned in this blog as well as on the World Bank Report on Getting a Grip on Climate Change in the Philippines, we should give credit on the aggressive steps and measures the Aquino government administration has undertaken to address the pressing problems of climate change. The current administration has created the Climate Change Commission (CCC) that would set policies on programs and projects on climate change. They also has set up a comprehensive and strategic climate reform agenda that will focus on addressing the climate policies and institutions to better plan, execute, and address the climate change problem. These are the National Strategic Framework on Climate Change and the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP).. Not only is the government sector into this issue, we also do read private groups conducting an experts dialogue and awareness projects to enlighten people about climate change in general and to update them on the steps the local and international leaders are doing to prevent damaging effects to people and the environment.
By acting now and by taking an aggressive stand in addressing this climate change issue as a priority, our country can prevent substantial economic and humanitarian costs and losses that could arise from the impacts of climate change in the near future. Climate change is inevitable and therefore we should act now before it is too late.
But then we should not only depend on the government to address this issue or any private group, each of us should be willing to do our own share and be more aware of what is going on around us; we should own the problem, take it as an advocacy and share this with our family and friends.
The big question is…. Are we up to the challenge of climate change ???