Over the past few years, climate change has sort of become a part of our psyche and has entered the stream of words or phrases we regularly use, or regularly hear in the news. There definitely are a lot of scientific explanations to the many phenomena occurring with the environment and with the weather, with more to come, but an entry in lolmythesis.com describes everything in the most accurate way possible: “The climate is about to get really weird.” True enough, this has manifested in many ways, and in the Philippine context, some believe that climate change is what has fueled some of the monstrous storms that have plowed through the country over the past few years.
For whatever definite reason each of these occur, it’s clear that we cannot be as unprepared as we have proven to be in some past instances. And, as I’ve learned in my work in La Liga Policy Institute, a holistic approach should be taken as we come up with solutions, and steps should be taken from preparedness to response. No stones should be left unturned and all angles should be covered, from preparing the individual to preparing large areas across LGUs. There are ways to better equip areas for different situations, that involve both infrastructure and cost effective workshops. And not only should a holistic approach be taken, but it should be taken in collaboration with all other affected parties. This is because, as we’ve seen, damage can not only be heavy, but could also be widespread. As such, working together in a thorough manner will prove to be both cost and life saving in the future.
– Jude Benedict T. Geron