Global environmental expert Nicky Perlas recently appeared on ANC to talk about Climate Change and Typhoon Ondoy. He confirmed one thing most of us already knew to be true but hoped against: that Super Typhoon Ondoy is just the first of many. Global warming is upon us, and now is not the time to be in self-denial and dillydally.
What can we do?
Here’s a great suggestion from Roy Cabonegro, Sec-Gen of the Partido Kalikasan Metro Manila:
Each of us has communities. Many of these were affected by the flooding. The flooding is both induced by climate change and because of our lack of preparedness as communities for necessary adaptation measures for more of this that is now inevitable due to the ill effects of climate change and our bad governance. In each of our barangays, town/cities, province and region, as we become more organized and link together, citizens must claim our right for appropriate immediate and long term plans, programs and actions for climate change adaptation. Such adaptation measures must be specific to each community and sufficiently financed. Let us do that now. Let us involve ourselves in direct governance now! Those who live in Paranaque, Las Pinas, City of Manila, Pateros, Taguig, Pasig, Makati, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Marikina, Antipolo, Tanay, San Mateo, Montalban– we are mobilizing local PK MM chapters in these areas now to engage our LGUs (barangay up) to work on this. We need to work together on this. Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks Roy Cabonegro Sec-Gen, Partido Kalikasan Metro Manila