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Submitted by Carl Joshua De Leon on

It is no surprise that such calamities occur in the Philippines. Rising air pollution levels in Metro Manila scourge the air, causing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, illegal logging and mining caused previous killer typhoons, and uninformed or environmentally unfriendly human individuals/ industries spread garbage that caused certain rivers to be "biologically dead" or "biologically inactive". Inconsiderate human beings are, most likely, the cause of the effects of climate change. The number of people uninformed about climate change outweighs the number of people acting to solve this issue; because of this I'm convinced that if our people know not of how climate change greatly affects our existence then it is quite likely that we cannot solve this issue. It is good that the government has taken action to prevent calamities caused by climate change, but if it lacks the manpower it will not be as effective as it is proposed to be.

The report stated that the Philippines "is not a major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter," but will have an annual rise in GHG emission. I stated earlier that air pollution levels rise and cause GHG emissions; what is the main cause of air pollution? Motor vehicles. People are inclined to getting their own private vehicles simply because we are lacking public transportation. People who take the MRT suffer from enduring long queues and lack of space; and buses either blow up, fly off highways, or are taken by the local authorities.
Funny how this is greatly correlated to another great issue of the country. I've heard over the news that statistics found out that by 2020, if new car growth rate increases Metro Manila will be considered "uninhabitable" because of traffic. If Metro Manila were to be uninhabitable because of traffic (caused by growth in new car rates) then the Philippines will INDEED finally be a major GHG emitter.

One brilliant solution to reduce BOTH pollution and traffic jams on the road is to create a BETTER public transport system. Perhaps, with this new system, more people will be inclined to public transport and we'd have a decrease of motor vehicles on the road reducing GHG emissions.
Aside from this, I strongly believe that the government should look into educating the public about climate change. This is an effective way to invite individuals into supporting the government, and in the process it will hold a great sense of importance in acting to prevent the issue. People need to care for their country. It is absolutely vital for the public to know the stark reality which is that: we are in a dire state, considering the fact that we're an archipelago and that makes us more susceptible to natural calamities. People need to care for our environment, they need to know.