Should the way people treat the environment continue, we are committing homicide for the next generation.
This was the warning of Rodne Galicha, Philippine district manager of the Climate Reality Project, to Bulacan State University (BulSU) students in a recent forum on climate change at BulSU Hostel.
“If we are not able to act on this climate change problem, we are committing community suicide; for the next generation, homicide; and the human beings will be endangered species,” said Galicha.
He reiterated recent reports that the Philippines continues to suffer the impacts of climate change as it was named the most vulnerable country worldwide on typhoons and third most disaster-prone. It was also included in the top 10 most prone countries on the effects of climate change.
With this, Galicha said the public should learn from the indigenous people whom he said lives in harmony with nature and accepts the reality of being part of nature.
“What is the root cause of all these turmoil in the world? It is the denial of humanity as part of nature, thus making everything in the universe as mere subjects for utilization,” he said.
He added that a people power is needed not only by the government but the whole world in changing lifestyle. The campaign “Panahon na! People Power in a Changing Climate,” is calling for a concerted effort to slash the impacts of a warming globe.
Galicha recalled that during the 2009 Asia-Pacific Summit on Climate Change in Australia, former United States Vice President and environment advocate Al Gore referred to the EDSA Revolution as a means in tapping government.
When asked what if the government would not act on this crisis, Galicha quoted Gore as saying: “You should emulate the people power in the Philippines.”
Also advocated in the forum was the administration of 8R’s which include the primitive trio of reduce, reuse, and recycle; plus repair, refuse, rethink, reconnect, and rainforest. (WLB/JMG-PIA 3)
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