Looking Forward

The Maldives is sinking. Scientists predict that, before this century ends, it will be likely off the map and the small metropolitan city and hundreds of luxurious resorts on its surface will be under the ocean. This is due to the rising water level of the Indian Ocean, which can be contributed to the melting of the polar ice caps, which in turn can be said as an effect of climate change. The trail is long, the cause rather simple and well-known, but the effects, huge and disastrous.

When do we start feeling the urgency of it all? That our actions will result not in immediate consequences, but in long-term ones, ones that will affect and shape the future of the generations that will follow after us? When do we start to take initiative, after the problem slaps us right across our faces? Climate change is still a divisive issue in several parts of the world, simply because many people still aren’t forward looking to the pressing issues we have now. During the synthesis of our group in the La Liga policy Institute’s office after conducting our research and documentation projects, we talked about the implications and problems with climate change awareness in the country. The key to making people aware of the effects of climate change is simply awareness. We shouldn’t wait for a disaster to happen before we get off our seats and take action. The Alliance of Seven itself was a reactionary response to Typhoon Ondoy. It’s high time we look forward to the future and not just the immediate things in the present. It will all benefit us in the end.

Joshua M. Siat

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2 thoughts on “Looking Forward

  1. It is indeed foreseeable, the effects of the man-catalyzed climate change.
    Philippines, as a country in front of the devastating shift in the climactic and meteorological patterns of the Pacific Ocean, is in the Top 3 countries in the world that would experience grave typhoons, floods, sea level-rise, and such.
    However, the problem is, “Philippines is not a major contributor to this phenomenon.” Therefore, even great reduction on our part is just a little, if not significant, reversal of this impeding disaster.
    We, as stakeholders and as victims, should call upon the developed nations (or the Annex 1 countries) to be responsible with the social costs inflicted by their unsustainable economic growth and industrialization. As stakeholders, we must also focus on the disaster preparedness effort here in our country. These, two actions, are the most feasible ways in order to respond to the runaway climate change.

  2. It is as you say. We must indeed act now before it’s too late. However, I think that the problem with climate change now is not that we’re not aware of it. I believe that the days of “Climate Change is a Myth” is already over. The problem is that while the effects of climate change can be huge and disastrous as you say, there is very little that we can do. It is as what kmmmartinez said. The Philippines is not a major contributor to this phenomenon. I heard that there’s even this joke which says that we already made our part in decreasing global temperature when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. Jokes aside, I think kmmmartinez is right. Since this is something… “beyond” us, perhaps the best thing that we can do is to ask the Annex 1 countries to take responsibility (China and India both have high emissions as well despite not being part of the Annex 1 countries so… Perhaps they should take responsibility as well?). Climate justice.

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