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.Read more
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.
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more