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  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   3 days 2 hours 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   3 days 3 hours 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   3 days 9 hours 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 week 20 hours 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.

  • Reply to: Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer   1 week 5 days ago

    It’s time to train and act

    Certainly, Philippines is a blessed country by God with beautiful, abundant natural resources and surroundings. Its tropical weather provides good nutrients for the tropical fruits and its potentiality is keep improving with various kinds of development. However, because of its location at the globe and its climate changes, it is also one of the most exposed countries to dangerous aftermath of climate change as the report says. That’s why it is really crucial that the government is concerned with this matter and let the WB provide a review about it. Among the three major recommendation, personally, it is very crucial to let Pillar 2: ‘Enhancing Leadership and Accountability through Monitoring, Evaluation, and Review of Climate Change Policies and Activities’, be taught and moved to action first.

    It’s because I think training Filipino leaders with commitment about this matter for this and next generation is what we need as a base before we move to other stages. We know that climate change is affecting Philippines, and will affect continually unless we prepare to prevent or to lessen its impact on the natural environment. But just knowledge and awareness is different. Even if we know and want to develop solutions or recommendation, even if the government wants to activate this, if there is only little awareness of this problem and few experts, leaders or researchers who seek out for any improvements with commitment and accountability, how can we let all other positive plans be activated? We need leaders not only with knowledge but who are aware, skillful, and committed. But it will be very difficult or rare to find this kind of leaders if they are not first trained for this. Like Joseph in the Bible, he did not only interpreted Pharaoh’s dream by God’s wisdom, but by God’s wisdom he also provided solutions for the problems to come in the future. Philippines also need more leaders like him, who fear God Almighty, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit first, and work for the solutions for the Philippines’ danger of climate change.

    Some leaders have knowledge, but no skills; some with skills but without heart for passion. To cultivate leaders who can critically study, and analyze about the problems and suggest the solutions and lead it professionally with heart, we need more social awareness, teaching, various and deep training about this to our and next generations. If this is established firmly, then I think we can connect this to the other steps. Once leaders are cultivated properly, they can also plan properly, and the groups can also manage properly and help apply those skillfully with responsibility to the local communities, cities, and regions and eventually yield a better achievements for the country, nature and the people by God’s grace.

    We cannot control the weather or climate. Therefore we need to be trained, think about what we can do to prevent worse outcome and start refresh our environment at where we are, and move it to action, one by one, step by step. That’s why the report WB made is a beneficial and important start for the welfare of the Philippines regarding the climate change. I hope this will be certainly processed not just by words, but by actions. We should be responsible for the negative affects we ourselves made for the climate. We should not forget our residence is gift from God, and this will be inherited to next generations. May our God, Jesus Christ our only Lord and the Savior and the Lord Holy Spirit alone bless you!

    Sincerely in Jesus Christ our only Savior, Lord, King, Master and the Redeemer,
    Eun Kim