What the Philippines can contribute to win against Climate Change

“We must not contribute to our own destruction.” I have written many times that the global climate emergency is upon us. We are already experiencing its impact and it will only get worse. But are we helpless against climate change? Are the worst scenarios inevitable? Should we just give up and do what we can …

What must the Philippines do about climate change

Co-Authored with Dr. Manny Solis ‘Fortunately, there is still a window to examine and revisit the existing NDC prior to the global stocktake in 2023 to fill in the gaps, make it as clear and progressive as possible, and attract the international support being sought for implementation’ The following is Part 2 of a two-part …

What the world must do about climate change

Co-Authored with Dr. Manny Solis ‘The sustainable development mechanism needs to be designed properly, with the right safeguards so there is no greenwashing or shifting of responsibilities to developing countries’ The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. Combating climate change can be compared to a tug of war …

7 Priority Actions to Manage the PH #ClimateEmergency

Co-Authored with Kristoffer Berse, Juan Pulhin, and Micah Nazal. Within 3 weeks, Typhoon Quinta, Typhoon Rolly, and Typhoon Ulysses wreaked havoc in Luzon, Philippines, resulting in widespread, severe floods, death, and destruction, all against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Local governments and affected communities struggled with the cyclical experience of preparation, response, and …

Policies and Measures to Combat Climate Change

The following is Part 2 in a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. In June 2019, Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, issued an important report on how the climate emergency exacerbates economic inequity and social injustice. The report concluded that addressing climate change effectively required a fundamental …

In the Front Lines of the Climate Emergency

The following is Part 1 in a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. There is no doubt about what Luzon has been experiencing in the last few weeks – the full fury of the global climate emergency. One after another, Quinta, Rolly, Siony, Tonyo, and Ulysses devastated parts of Luzon, the biggest island …

Fighting a pandemic and the climate emergency

Co-authored with Joy Reyes. Originally published May 14, 2020 on Rappler.com ‘One has to remember that like pathogens, climate change is not hampered by borders’ Today, we are faced with a global pandemic – COVID-19. In an effort to curb the alarming number of cases related to it and the increase in deaths resulting from …