A Call for Personal Accountability
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) issued a compelling call to Filipinos on Friday, urging them to actively participate in the government’s mission to create a climate-resilient Philippines through responsible daily living.
In a media forum held at the Cabel Restaurant in Manila, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, Robert E.A. Borje, underscored that while climate change necessitates a global response, the solutions must begin at the community and individual levels.
“Itakwil natin ang ginagawa (Let us renounce the) culture of waste and irresponsibility, pagiging waldas, walang pakialam sa ating (squandering, unmindful of our) waste and responsibility.”
He called for the adoption of mindful practices, including water and energy conservation and responsible living. He added,
“Maging matipid tayo sa tubig, sa enerhiya, maging ayos tayo sa ating pamumuhay, maging responsable tayo (Let us conserve water, energy. Let us lead a good life, and be responsible).”
Youth and Inter-Faith Engagement
Recognizing the interconnected nature of climate change issues across different sectors, Borje stressed the importance of educating the youth, the leaders of the next generation, to understand climate change and take responsible actions.
He also highlighted the crucial role of inter-faith organizations in addressing climate change, particularly during disasters and calamities, where faith-based groups often provide critical assistance.
Commitment to Climate Resilience
Notably, CCC Commissioner Albert dela Cruz pointed out that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has committed the Philippines to becoming climate change-resilient and a responsible international community member, fulfilling its obligations.
Dela Cruz emphasized the need for a comprehensive societal approach, invoking the Filipino spirit of ‘bayanihan’ or cooperation in the face of climate change. He encouraged natural-based solutions and straightforward practices, saying,
“Kung mainit, buksan ang mga bintana, patayin na ang aircon (If it’s hot, open the windows, turn off the air conditioner).”
He further clarified,
“We are discussing all these in layman’s terms so all of us will understand that all we’re doing will make us ‘bayani’ (heroes). We do all of these, we’ll have harvest, ani.”
Climate Consciousness Week
In addition to raising public awareness, the Climate Consciousness Week, to be observed from November 19 to 25, aims to educate people about policies and best practices that empower local government units to become disaster-resilient and eco-friendly.
Furthermore, the week seeks to explore avenues for private sector investment in policies that will render the country resilient in the face of climate change.