The Philippines Needs Legal Defenses to Survive Climate Change

The rainy season has come once again and for many communities in the Philippines, this means getting ready for strong typhoons. This also means evacuation, damaged crops, and floods. June to September has always been the months where typhoons visit the country most but with changing weather patterns, typhoon season has extended to November and December. Haiyan happened in November, Hagupit in December. 

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4 things I learned from walking 500 kilometers for 18 days


Last year, then commissioner of the Climate Change Commission Nederev “Yeb” Saño went on a 1,000km walk from Manila, kilometer zero, to Tacloban, ground zero. It was called the Climate Walk: A People’s Walk for Climate Justice. The goal was to make local governments commit to better disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and at the same time, make an impact in the international talks by showing global leaders the things that people in the Philippines go through with climate change impacts. The walk lasted for 40 days, with the team arriving in Tacloban on November 8, the same date typhoon Yolanda hit the city the previous year.

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Adaptation is as Important as Mitigation

 Yesterday, a thunderstorm hit the city of Metro Manila and after just a few hours of rain, parts of the city became flooded. The typhoon season has once again begun and the question is, are we prepared for  the next few months where we will be facing the onslaught of 15 or more typhoons? Have local governments prepared for another possible Yolanda or Ruby? Are our farmers ready for their harvest? Do we have enough supply of food for when harvests are destroyed?

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Why PH should commit to being fossil fuel free

While negotiations in Bonn, Germany have re-started at a slow pace, there is growing momentum for pushing a long-term goal of reducing global emissions, which will then salvage the UN climate talks in Paris.

Currently 127 countries support having a long-term goal of limiting global warming to within two degrees. However, there is an ongoing debate on how ambitious this goal is, and what year it will be achieved.

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Why shifting to Brown Rice matters

It's a fact that Filipinos love rice. We eat it 3 times a day and for many of us, one cup simply isn’t enough.

According to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the average Filipino consumes 3 cups of rice per meal, which means 9 cups of rice a day.

However, for an agricultural country, the Philippines has had to import rice to feed its people. In fact, in 2010, the Philippines was the biggest importer of rice in the world. The production of rice simply cannot keep up with the demand.

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Why using fossil fuels is annoying

You know there's something with the world when governments spend more on fossil fuel than on health. Fossil fuels have also contributed to human-induced climate change. But according to the IMF, fossil fuels are still subsidised $10M per minute. They spend more to destroy the planet and that's...annoying. 

Watch this spoken word video written, performed, and edited by Miko Aguilar and get the word out to governments to stop subsiding fossil fuels.

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Why rich countries need to talk about the Philippines

This week, the G7 financial ministers will meet in Dresden, Germany. The German government is the host of this year’s G7 summit and will put climate financing and greenhouse gas reduction on the agenda. Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed to double Germany’s financial support for climate adaption, but other countries have to follow and we are pressed for time, especially for the most vulnerable countries.

 

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Why PNoy should prioritize climate change before his term ends.

In 2013, the Philippines was named the country most affected by climate change. The Philippines has also been constantly ranked as one of the top 10 countries in terms of climate change vulnerability.  

But while world leaders are busy debating over how to mitigate carbon emissions, Filipinos are busy fighting for their lives.
 
Climate change impacts such as extreme El Niño, changing weather patterns, and severe weather events have been felt by Filipinos and have already posed a threat to lives and livelihood. 
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Climate Revolution

While the global movement for climate action has set the wheels in motion to address the catastrophic climate change, for developing countries like the Philippines, where majority of the population face great risks from the impacts of climate change, the real challenge is survival.

The importance and urgency of addressing climate change demands more than action. We need to fundamentally change the way we live, and the way things work in our planet. As world leaders fail to unite for climate justice, it is time to put the fate of our planet into our own hands. We need to switch the power back to the people.

It is time to start a climate revolution.