Climate Change – Optimistic but Cautious

“By now, the truth should be evident to all: No amount of effort, however gargantuan, by a single nation can ever be enough to address climate change in its entirety,” addressed by the articulate and delightful President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, who intends to drum up stronger global cooperation to curb the devastating effects of climate change at the Climate Vulnerable Forum on the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change held at Paris, France on November 30, 2015.

Primitive men were solely dependent to the environment around him for his existence- food, water, and shelter.  It extends the human capacity to modify the environment favorable to their demands, but its indiscriminate use has gravely jeopardized our nature. In developing countries, where survival is often a daily struggle, people cannot afford to wait for their government to bail them out. Many are living in the grip of climate change, coping with frequent droughts, heavy flooding, intense typhoons and other extreme weather events. But, on a global scale, governments continue to be deadlocked on the issue of reducing the emission of dangerous greenhouse gases, such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, ozone and methane, which are making the earth warmer.

In the birth years of the 21st century, the formulation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into being. This Convention was the first global attempt to tackle climate change. It recognized that the climate system is a shared resource of different time zones whose stability can be affected by industrial emissions of greenhouse gases.  The widespread impacts of climate change compel nations not just to do the least, to attend such conferences, but to aim forward and target objectives like how Canada have targeted federal funding and the flexibility to design their own carbon pricing policies.  How reforestation of millions of hectares per year knocks as a priority on India’s environmental agenda. How coal consumption drives the plateau lands of China to reduce CO2 emissions. How the vast acidifications of marine ecosystem control climate patterns on Australia. How Government scientists in the Philippines yields disaster-resilient crops and upgrade weather forecasting capabilities, and how USA and most European countries have worked to diversify our energy resources, increasingly tapping into renewables such as solar, wind, biomass, hydro, and geothermal power.

The Philippines have the core philosophical ideas of “bayanihan.” This spirit of bayanihan, is exactly the same spirit that informs the nations. It is also at the core which embodies our shared aspirations for a fairer, more climate-proactive world. Let us not only enhance and intensify such work, but also refine our solidarity, so that we may in turn link arms and march on together towards a more resilient, more inclusive future” said by Pres. Benigno Aquino III as he closed his speech at the CVP  in an optimistic but cautious manner.

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