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  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   1 month 6 days ago

    Our country, Philippines boasts itself with very rich natural resources. This nature, the most important thing in our society, holds its value because it is really the hand that feeds us Filipinos. It is where most of our country men rely upon, their food to eat, materials to build homes, and minerals to contain our much needed energy resources.
    Upon reading the WB report, It was really alarming, that on this day, even after all the weather phenomena that we experienced and continues to experience, much of us Filipinos are still irresponsibly enough, and at the same time complacent. In much of our dismay, this attitude of us is something we need to change, sooner than later. The time is running out for each and every one of us to act. The continuous change in the global temperature (which is caused by gases and irresponsible waste disposal) are really alarming, as its effects are wide and global. The rise in the temperature will eventually lead out to a serious case of mass damage in our aquatic resources, that the future is threatening an eradication of our aquatic food sources from the seas. Not only that, but also the threat of extreme natural calamities, are endangering our very own lives.
    To this we should act soon as we can. The government’s plan to implement the said Pillars are very well stated. Only if it can be acted upon with eagerness and a sense of responsibility, I believe it can help save millions of lives. The key is the implementation. The grand plan must be carried out to the very root of all. People must be educated properly with regards to the problem of climate change, so that in their very own, they can take part in the program and have a sense of responsibility within themselves. After that I believe everything can be done easier.
    Despite the problems regarding climate change, I still believe that we can go through it. We only need to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves, what am I doing to save the world? After all, we as humans are the protector of the Earth. It is our task, our mission.

  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   1 month 1 week ago

    Are the effects of what we call to be 'climate change', is due to human's massive destruction to nature or is it a natural phenomena that happens to the environment of the earth at a certain evolutionary cycle? Considering the discoveries of archaeologist on villages buried several hundred years ago, shows that there were bigger instances of the nature's act of destruction to human race, however at those time or years before that, human's destruction to nature is not as large as we have had today.

  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   1 month 1 week ago

    Observation: I sometimes organize ecological tours. Part of the package is a briefing on how to be a responsible tourist (ex. BMC, leave no trace, preventive measures, etc) on top the briefing given by the DENR. My observation, in connection to the topic 'climate change', somehow the Department of Tourism and DENR has not shown no move on how to lessen the human impact to our environment. Rather, both agencies keeps on promoting rather than controlling the number of visitors to our natural parks. This industry became a commercial 'thing', that majority of the tourist who goes for the ecological tour is not to appreciate the beauty of nature, but to get their photos to be posted in social media. Therefore, these tourist will, no matter how you tell them the do's and don't's, act according to their convenience because preserving the nature is not their primary concern.

  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   1 month 1 week ago

    We Adapt

    Climate change is changes of atmospheric activities that effect or change of humans way of life. Its co relational, human being adapts to its society in able to survive. This past few years, people in the Philippines experience climate change through extreme drought and wet season. People are greatly affected and these experiences make us vulnerable. As the report says, Climate-related impacts will reduce cultivatable land, which will decrease agricultural productivity and increase food insecurity. Areas in the eastern part of the country are mostly affected; especially those livelihoods are fishing and farming. Even though, we are experiencing storms every year, nowadays are different. We are also experiencing strong southwest monsoon rains and creating floods in cities. In report also, it says that the urban poor in informal settlements are one of the most vulnerable groups to climate-related impacts, due in part to the additional pressures on urban systems created by rapidly increasing population growth.

    The World Bank report shows how the Philippines have been adapting changes in governance as we combat/adapt climate change. As human, we adapt to the changes in nature, as season changes we also change our way of life. We are adaptive to nature. But rapid changes in our climate became to happen, we cannot rapidly keep up. In report, it shows how we spend the budget allocated in climate change adaptation, creating policies/plans/government sectors, ways to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). This only means that we are adjusting to the pressing changes in our climate. Although there are insufficiencies, lack of knowledge and some hindrances, it is good to know that the government is making efforts to reduce GHG, and create policies to materialize climate change adaptation. This is also a big lift for us because climate change can affect our economic growth, sustaining local and foreign investors. Shifting from coal fire plants (that creates more GHG) to renewable and sustainable energy has become possible because of the efforts to adapt to climate change.

    Disasters that gone to the Philippines that greatly affects the many has leave scars and a lot of lessons learned. In the past, we caught off guard and many lives have gone due to our incapability to adjust immediately in harsh way of nature. Although we still have a long way to go, we are moving forward. The government e.g. Local government units, the NCCAP and DRRM; are making sure that the steps in implementing policies and the process were the communities, municipals and cities can adapt climate change. The biggest challenge of the government is the role out of the given policies and contextualizing DRRM plans in every communities, municipals and cities. Another is managing the change of energy resources. We cannot immediately take out coal fired power plants and change to renewable energy that easy. We need strong political will do that. The last administration has take part to that but efforts are still need to be established, educate the people and strongly implement policies. Indeed, the Philippines are making a new frontier and challenged for to survive the new blow of changing climate.

  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   1 month 1 week ago

    After reading the report by the World Bank and several other articles pertaining to the report, I can’t help but wonder if the question posed really provides the answers.

    On a government level, most likely. As highlighted by the report, the three recommended themes should help with us handle climate change. On a society level, not particularly directed towards the government, only the second recommendation is vaguely applicable focusing on the “enhancing leadership” part of it.

    I think the recommendations are fine, if you are someone with a position in the government where you can contribute to policies and changes to support this climate change adaptation. However, if you are someone like me, part of the mass, who has no direct connection with the government, this data, however informative, does not excite me at all. It open my eyes to the problems of our society on a global level. On a personal level though, this issue is overshadowed by my personal troubles.

    I think the articles, fail to highlight what can be done at a personal or even at the immediate community level. As the saying goes, knowing is half the battle. Armed with this knowledge, what exactly can I do to contribute?

    This may sound like a cliché, but I believe the best way to move forward is by teaching our children how to better take care of our environment. If we were to start teaching our young Filipinos something as simple as throwing garbage in the trash bin or going further as letting them participate in their community’s recycling programs (where available), at that level, can we feel as though we’re contributing to our society.

    What I’m driving at is if we try to instill good practices with our youth then it can lead to better practices for them in the future. This in turn can influence them to ride a bike instead of driving a car to work therefore reducing GHG emissions. Or maybe as far as actually being better participants at the programs that that report is talking about – maybe some kid right now actually aspires to be in Congress to properly affect change and enforce the policies that are being talked about.

    I’m not saying that these plans, reforms, monitoring systems etc. are useless. The audience for this is clearly the government but we can’t depend on the government to walk us through these adaptations. The change has to start somewhere and it should come from ourselves.