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