Unavoidably it is very alarming the effect of climate change to people's lives or anything that exists as pointed out in the environment forum held recently at La Carlota City, attended by the representatives of government agencies, the education sector,and others.
|Seruelo, PEMO Info Officer|
The world is getting warmer, hotter, and dangerous for the people to live for climate change couldn't be stopped.
"50% of the Filipinos depend in agriculture. 50% of the Filipinos depend on seafood as their primary source of protein," the research showed.
Ms. Olive H. Seruelo, Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) information officer comprehensively deliberated all these things on her lecture on climate change.
"Climate change is here," she said and presented "life-threatening" impacts of climate change to major areas of people's existence. She also discussed the effect of green house gases (GHG) which contributed by the following factors such as Agriculture - 32%, Industry - 10%, Waste - 9%, and Energy - 49%.
|LGUs, NGOs, POS, Teachers, Students|
With supporting facts and figures, she enumerated the potential climate change impact which affects the temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise.
And these impacts are categorized into the following:
- Health - weather-related mortality, infectious diseases, air quality, respiratory illness.
- Agriculture - crop yield, irrigation demands
- Forest - chamge in forest composition, shift-geographic range of forests, forest health and productivity
- Water Resource - change in water supply, water quality, increased competition for water
- Coastal Area - erosion of beaches, inundate coastal lands, cost to defend coastal communities
- Species and natural Areas - shift in ecological zones, loss of habitat and species
Climate Change Be Given More Concern
Changes in climate should not be taken for granted. They are happening faster than before. They have begun (1750) and will continue for the foreseeable future. These have been emphasized seriously.
We should do away with such common expression such as "business as usual" when in fact we're suffering these natural phenomenon, for it is not an option. These realities may be "mitigated" unless action is taken ow. Otherwise, the standard of living will suffer far worse, as pointed out in the presentation.
|PEMO Seruelo on Climate Change|
She urged everyone to "believe and practice" for it requires concerted efforts.
She said, "We must plan and work together."
"We have no choice."
"Avoid the unthinkable. Adapt to the unavoidable."
She ended up her informative, factual lecture via powerpoint presentation by quoting William Arthur Ward, "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'Thank You'?"
La Carlota councilor Jacob Liansing, chair on Environment Committee reacted to the issue raised by some teachers on the rampant use of plastic as wrapper, bag, receptable for anything bought in the market.
He assured that this problem could be remedied for the city council will pass an ordinance to this effect and a public hearing will be conducted to iron issues and concern for the immediate passing of this ordinance.
Stop Finger Pointing
Before the forum finally ended, I shared my concern and a solution to the noncompliance of Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Solid Waste Management Act.
"As of this moment, how many are we here present?" I called everyone's attention, "Our number is enough to initially implement this environment measure to be effective. It will practically start from us, from our own family. It's by example that we' could lead others to do the same. Let's stop finger pointing. Let's do our share! So be it!"