Why is it so important?
Due to its geographical location, the Philippines is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, but it's also one of the heavily affected ones by climate change. The effects of increasing typhoons, droughts, and other weather disturbances will become apparent in developing island countries - causing death, damage, and displacement.
How can we help?
Encouraging and Investing in Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy (RE) is a common term that is brought up in discussions on climate change. RE sources such as solar and wind don't emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to rising global temperatures.
The National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) seeks to increase the RE-based capacity of the Philippines to an estimated 15,304 MW by the year 2030.*
Preservation and Conscious Ecotourism
Ecotourism is one of the main contributors to the economy of the Philippines. As much as it is beneficial, there are adverse effects such as environmental degradation, soil erosion, pollution and decreasing wild life.
Natural ecosystems (forests, mangroves, and etc.) are considered "carbon sinks" which mean they absorb carbon from the atmosphere more than they release. Encouraging preservation of these natural carbon sinks can help prevent further damage and even improve conditions in the long run.
Conserve energy, conserve water, consume better.
It's critical that we find ways to use less energy to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Walk more, buy energy-efficient appliances, and stop excessive energy use.
Conserving water is also a way to conserve energy. It takes a lot of energy to utilize water (from cleaning to transporting it). And of course, patronizing better options and minimizing waste going into landfill are some of the ways you can contribute on the daily.
Climate activism is also gaining momentum among the Filipino youth and encouraging them to be at the forefront calling for climate justice and solutions to mitigate climate crisis.
Find ways to educate yourself on the matter and inform others in your circle.