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Submitted by Kenneth Varilla on

Well, the survey conducted by the Social Weather Station is indeed true. Why? Every Filipino that is aware of his/her surroundings can see the effects of Climate change. From more devastating typhoons, longer droughts to rising sea levels, we can see the consequences of our own actions. Our ignorance on our wrongdoings led to this worldwide problem that is slowly destroying the world that we reside in.

Luckily, some people in the world are interested in solving this problem. They knew that there is still hope in changing our ways, that there is still a chance to achieve a brighter and greener future. Let us take the Climate change commission for example. The said government committee is responsible in providing concrete plans which addresses the problem of climate change. In line of this, they are also tasked to create and maintain the National Climate Change Action Plan which consists of effective strategies to lessen if not completely eradicate the problem. In addition to this, the said commission also requested the help of the World Bank to conduct a study which aims to review government spending related to climate change and survey the country’s environmental welfare to promote awareness of its status.

One of the products of this is the WB exclusive report which gives a brief overview on the effects of climate change in the Philippines, possible solutions to the problem and intervening factors that hinder us from doing such solutions, as well as updates on government and non-government units that are concerned on climate change. The report mentioned several threats on the country’s economic, social and environmental development because of the radical effects of climate change. It also presented the flaws of certain organizations such as the Climate change commission on its ineffectiveness in fulfilling its climate agenda caused by the lack of lucidity in its tasked roles and responsibilities. To resolve the problem, the review cited solutions such as to “Formulate, enact, and support complementary sector and local-level policy and institutional reforms”. It also presented a concise and concrete framework towards a greener future.

In the end, what does this tell us? This only shows that as inhabitants of this planet, we are also responsible for the destruction of our planet. Thus, we share the same responsibility to uphold, protect and sustain the environmental welfare of our planet. As such, as ordinary citizens, we should have the initiative to do our part in promoting this. We don’t have to be in an environmental organization to save mother earth. We should act on the problem now before it’s too late.