Who Should Win The Election And Climate Change

Once upon a time, I attended a conference calling for a green chemistry to address global warming. Intense advocacy. And true. I was s...



Once upon a time, I attended a conference calling for a green chemistry to address global warming.

Intense advocacy. And true.

I was so inspired after that conference so I made a short video presentation about it and presented it to my colleagues during our townhall meeting. What is Climate Change?  The message was of great impact. And overwhelming.

Recently, the Oscars gave a little more relevant buzz when Leonardo Dicaprio delivered one for the books acceptance speech. The scientist in me could relate on the urgency of his message to act on climate threats.

Okay, I'm breaking my promise not to bring up topics like science stories. Nor politics, which I consciously veered away from ever mentioning on this site, lest discussing about election. Forgive me, but the vanishing of islands if we so take this planet for granted, will be a fact sooner than we could set our nomad feet on them. The travelers in us won't approve, would we? And a little reality check won't hurt, right? *wink 




While we're all looking at it at the moment, let me share some learnings I got from a more recent talk I've attended on why we are in dire need to act collectively to save this only one planet, we called home.

I'll try to make it simple and a practical sharing! So, bear with me if you find this post a little different from my casual sharing of lazy weekend happenings. ;-)

Here goes the reasons why.



The world's poorest families will be badly affected.


Sadly, the world's poorest, whom are many of us in Asia, are those toiling the land just to meet their day-to-day needs. With the extreme weather change - too little rain or too much rain, growing crops is harder. It will sink our farmers into deeper poverty. And the effect is in chain reaction with everyone else. The food security is at risk.

World leaders should find a way to really help the world's poorest families. It's a big challenge of our time. One of the major solution is relying more on sources of clean renewable energy to cut the carbon emissions of fossil fuels. High concentrations of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is one of the major gases that causes warming of the earth. 

It is imperative that we choose the right leaders come election time. On a recent news, Al Gore was quoted saying that putting up additional coal-fired plants in the Philippines is not a good idea. Which is why being critical on these people vying for the highest position in this land is something we need to give thoughtful considerations of. Beyond popularity, beyond allegations, beyond branding and tricky sound bytes, who among them will be diligent in doing his/her homework before signing business contracts such that the poorest of us all will not be compromised. We need to be critical on their experiences, how they operate on their own responsibilities, their track records as a leader. We get so much statistics to sound like we're growing, but what is that robust increase if we lost our homes. Flooding, super typhoons, tornadoes are real. There's so much debate on who helped during calamities but it should be more of who have guarded the majority of the people's interest in the first place. A leader not just to serve the few powerful rich, but a true representative of this nation facing a lot of pressing challenges. Don't be fooled with just words and talkies.

“The ocean waters around the Philippines are warming faster than anywhere else in the planet. As a result, sea level is rising faster in the Philippines than anywhere else on Earth mainly because of thermal expansion. And also of course, the melting of ice in Greenland and Antartica is accelerating sea level rise everywhere in the world. The combination of higher sea levels and more powerful storm surges made island-nations particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change." - Al Gore, as reported by Michael Lim Ubac of Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:02 AM March 14th, 2016


"The world is not inherited from your parents, it is borrowed from your children." - old Kenyan Proverb


The planet is not just ours, but it's for our children and their children, too. Condensed in this wise proverb is how our ancestors' actions have impacted our current situations. And we could make a different path for our children now that we know how our irresponsible land use and unhelpful habits can bring disaster to the next generation.

On our own capacity to help, our little efforts in saving energy is not just about spending less but also because we need to cure our environment that is no longer healthy. And our children and their children will inevitably endure it if we don't stop abusing our natural resources.
“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.” - Leonardo Dicaprio, Oscars 2016


Loving the environment is loving God who entrusted the world to us. 


When we are polluting the rivers and destroying the forests that God has created for us, we're hurting the Higher Being that gave it to us. I may sound pious but everything we have, we owe it to Him. God gave us not just the world but the highest intelligence of all the living things on this planet. We are ruling the world. It's about enough reason why we should take good care of it, with or without the threat of calamity.

Now that we are receiving the brunt of weather-threats, our spiritual responsibility should step-in. We are facing extreme temperature swings that has affected our sources of water, food and the land where we built our homes. Flooding and super typhoons like Yolanda has taken so many lives and left us devasted. Loving the environment is a moral obligation because we love God and we honor the things that He created. 

"The annual growth rate of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose more in 2015 than scientists have ever seen in a single year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday." - by Bobby Magill, Climate Central   |   March 11, 2016 11:26am ET
Fastest Rise in CO2 Levels Seen in 2015

This type of messages and discussions are not getting much attention each passing day. We may be not aware, and not being aware is a threat itself. 

I'm sharing here for the first time this presentation which I took from what I presented to my colleagues about a decade ago. The data were updated in the best possible way I could. Be warned though that it's NOT for us to panic. It is shared for us to ACT.



I hope we'll elect true leaders this time. Any other thoughts on how we can make the Earth more livable?

xx,

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34 comments

  1. I have heard recently about some measures taken at the last environmental summit about limiting the use of gas cookers to a certain temperature. I know that the leaders of the world do take decisions about a greener world, but the press does not always promote these news. I remember about this though because there was a discussion at the radio about it, with the listeners.

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  2. There was been so much discussion as to how global warming is a myth and is not real. Like how the data were interpreted incorrectly hence making it a hoax. But my take is, would it hurt us too much if we make one small effort to possibly indulge our Earth and give it some breathing space from all the beating it took. One small effort from everyone would equate to one large difference. If these small efforts lengthen our planet's life for a bit longer, it may be worth it right?

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    1. Yes, definitely a little effort from everyone when put together will never be wasted. The goal is to zero in carbon emission as we can no longer take the catastrophic effect of global warming if we don't curb our carbon footprint.

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  3. The moment i heard about global warming and climate change years back, i knew it was going to happen and i believe it is happening right now. Gone are the days when summer means April and May and come June its raining like cats and dogs. But our season nowadays for almost a year has been experiencing summer althroughout! I have been bothered so much and the least that i can do as an indivudual is to act and do small steps that can save and promote a breath of hope to mother earth.. As u know im into home gardening, planting and organic nurturing for my little farville. And we were cooking not in the stove, but in charcoal! Yes! I guess small efforts can be helpful.. Its about time we should act, and it should start from within...

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    1. That's good, Mommyqueen! That will surely help to cure our ailing planet. :-)

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    2. charcoal cooking and small farmville is not possible in a fast pace and condo living in Metro. And it kinda sucks to live in such environment- Sonnie

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  4. This is a looooong and rocky topic. Wish it's easy to tell to people ot just be more considerate to all living things

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  5. I'm always interested in the topic of global warming and what struck me most is that most people I know doesn't care. This best summarizes everything: The planet is not just ours, but it's for our children and their children, too. Thanks for your post! :)

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    1. You're welcome. I hope we can make them care by being aware. Visit the you tube link, it pretty much summarizes our dilemma. :-)

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  6. I love how your organized your thoughts on this one. I totally agree with you that we should vote for the right leaders so we can take care of our planet. It's ultimately because we have heart for the poor, we care for the future generations to come including our descendants and we love God who created it for us. It's a great post. Thank you for being a part of inspiring change.

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    1. Thanks a lot Yogo and Cream! I hope we can change the current state so that our city will still be liveable for the next generations.

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  7. I'm still young so that I can't vote right now but I totally agree on your post that climate change and global warming must be known by most of the people. This can affect our lifestyle and health badly. So we must choose the right leader.

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  8. My science prof back in college showed a very impactful animation about global warming. I never have it much thought until I had a son. I want to have a planet that would still be conducive to my son and his future sons.

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  9. Hmm very interesting coz I didn't hear any election candidate that talks about this matter. This is very important especially to the next generation. I do hope there will still be a lot of trees, nature, beach that the future generation can experience.

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    1. That's right. We need to plant more trees.

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  10. Interesting read, really. I get you in every point. Our candidates focus too much on economy, crime, infrastructures, etc. that sometimes they forget about our home. It's true, we live in the industrialized world and they forget about those who are suffering the consequences of their actions. I hope someone will step up and show they care for the environment because it could help ease a lot of our problems, even slowly.

    I hope you don't mind that I share this.

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    1. You're much welcome, Melissa. Thanks!

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  11. I agree. We should really choose who will step up and speak up not only for economy, health, and other issues but for the environment as well. But how do we really choose the right one when every candidate includes the environment in their platforms? We should look beyond platforms, and ensure that our chosen leaders are active advocates for the environment. :)

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    1. Or are capable to think through on their own and not because he/she's returning favors

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  12. This should be the priority of the candidate that will get the highest position in the country. I've seen the series of debates and the issue about climate change was slightly mentioned by some but hopefully they'll have a solid platform, not just because of campaign period but to take this seriously so that it will be beneficial to succeeding generations.

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  13. I admire how you're able to put the importance of the environment and the coming election together. I agree with what you said, we should elect leaders who also care for the environment because as Leo puts it, the threat is very real.

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    1. Yes, it's happening and we're suffering from it. But there's still time to make things right and do the right things :-)

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  14. Since I was in highschool this topic was already discussed so that we may be aware of what is happening. We even watched a movie which was filmed yeaaaaaars back which showed us what would happen in the future if we won't do something about it. Take note, the movie was made yeaaaaars ago and they already predicted what will happen and it is indeed happening now. Sadly, not all of us are aware of this or just doesn't care.

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  15. I think we can do our part by reusing, recycling and even upcycling our stuff. It is imperative that these topic be in debates and political discussions.

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  16. Global warming should be taken seriously. I wish all these data, these research found can just be easily communicated with people. Problem is, now a days, people would just be concerned but wouldn't really take time to change. Or worst, no matter how hard we try to send them the message, some people just don't care.

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  17. One of the crucial points that the candidates should prioritise in their campaigns. It has been a problem for years and it is not a secret that Philippines is in danger. Numbers and research have been warning but still. It needs a strong and clear action.

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  18. Glad that someone wrote about this! I love how you incorporated our families, other people, and God in this advocacy. Way to go!

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  19. I remember handling an environmental science class (physics 2 on the other courses) I showed them a movie about global warming which is An Inconvenient Truth. And I can clearly remember how they reacted and got scared that maybe many years from now our mother earth will be totally destroyed

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  20. I wish people thought this way. People think that farmers are not worth their time, not realizing yet that without them, we would have nothing to eat.

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    1. I agree. I hope more will be caring to underprivilidged.

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  21. With practically less than a month before elections, the competition among the candidates gets stiff as each day pass by. Sad truth is, our candidates tend to focus more on their platforms that they tend to forget about the people - the people who suffers and gets all the consequences because of their actions.

    Just like you, i also tend to stay away from political topic in my blog but really... the issues these candidates make each day are getting crazier. hays! kawawang pilipinas.

    ~Jaimie of THE MERMAID IN STILETTOS

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    1. Hi Jaimie. I'm looking through their style of leadership so I can still filter the best one that has the courage to make tough decisions and compassion to listen to the needs of others. It will be very hard for this nation to succeed if we keep on voting for executives who are keeping their ears on the ground. I really hope majority will vote responsibly and WISELY talaga. Wag na sana ung mga lider-lideran lang sa salita. :-)

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