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Submitted by Julius Jayvin Ilagan on

Rising Threat of Climate Change
"The Philippines is one of the wealthiest countries around the world when it comes to ecological resources and diversity. However, it is also facing rapid destruction, degradation, and decline."

We are now facing a big challenge of climate change due to our own doing. This may affect the entire world and may vary from one country another. Third world countries are more vulnerable to the consequences of climate change (one of this is Philippines). Though Philippines contributes a miniscule 0.24% to the total global emissions, it ranks among the top countries which is vulnerable to climate change. Our Country faces difficulties and problems in the following socio - economic areas such as food security, fisheries production, water supplies and availability and climate sensitive diseases. I've been seeing the that women and children will have the most difficulty in coping to the effects of climate change due to their social and economic vulnerability. Though we have laws and policies that has been created concerning to climate change and disaster risk reduction, these still proves inadequate in addressing the larger issues of development and climate change. Laws such as Republic Act 9729 (Climate Change Act of 2009) and RA 10121 (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010) pave way for unsustainable extraction of natural resources, deregulation and liberalization of resource-based industries, and privatization of common goods and resource policies. Bad governance adds to the problem as the budget allotted for climate change proves insufficient and is often misallocated. As grave as the situation is, many Filipinos have stood up to confront the crisis, protect the environment,  and  defend  the  people’s   welfare. However, in the pursuit of what is right, our advocates face the threats of being harassed, sued, and even killed. As grave as the situation is, many Filipinos have stood up to confront the crisis, protect the environment,  and  defend  the  people’s   welfare. However, in the pursuit of what is right, our advocates face the threats of being harassed, sued, and even killed. The presence of military and paramilitary forces to secure large-scale mining operations has indicated the rise of human rights violations. Militarization to suppress oppositions from communities especially among Indigenous People has worsened.

Reference: Center for Environmental Concerns Philippines. (2012). Confronting the ecological crisis: A situationer on Philippine environmental issues and struggles. A CEC-Philippines Publication. Quezon City, Philippines.