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Submitted by Anton Garcia on

Based on my everyday observations, I believe that Filipinos do not really do their best in order to live a lifestyle that properly adapts to the issue of global warming. Every day, we can observe our fellow Filipinos who continue to pollute their environment by throwing their trash in rivers and the streets, driving smoke-belching vehicles in the streets, mining and chopping down trees in the forest without proper permits and much more. However, these are the same Filipinos who cry for help whenever a terrible landslide or storm devastates their area. We can safely assume that despite their first-hand experiences of the effects of climate change and various government projects regarding climate change, which were detailed in the World Bank report, most Filipinos still continue to pollute their environment. I can assure you that in the days that pass after my post, the Filipino masses will still continue to pollute despite the new natural disasters that will come their way. However, there is still a chance for this status quo of self-inflicted despair to change.
A key element that is required in order to properly address this issue is discipline. The Filipino masses require to be disciplined by the government in order to remember to continuously adopt an environment-friendly lifestyle. This is because it is obvious that most Filipinos are not willing to improve their ways on their own because we should no longer be seeing dirty rivers and streets if they were capable of doing so. In this light, it is imperative for the government to force its constituents to properly take care of their environment. If the Filipino people still continue to pollute their environment, they should be punished by the government through fees, which will be used for smaller offenses including littering, and imprisonment, which will be used for repeated or grave offenses including illegal mining. Even though it may seem absurd to use an iron fist when dealing with climate change, this methodology has been proven to be a successful one in the case of many countries. For example, Singapore is well known for its high fess against people who are caught loitering and its very clean city. If our neighbours can ensure a clean environment, we should also be able to do so as well because we are all human beings that are capable of improving. If the World Bank sets high expectations for the Philippine government to address climate change, the government should also expect highly of its constituents to do their share in ensuring a clean environment that can still benefit us and future generations. To summarize, I believe that it is important for the Filipino masses to change their ways by no longer polluting the environment if they want to solve climate change, and that the government should start taking stricter measures in order to ensure a healthier environment.