Monday, September 28, 2009

Climate Change Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept 28-Oct 7, 09)

I felt overwhelmed when I was asked to represent the church sector in various seminars/fora on the issue of Climate Change in Bangkok, Thailand organized by non-government and people's organizations. These activities are parallel to the ongoing intercessional conferences led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also in Bangkok.

Overwhelming because of the wealth of information, the opportunity to learn all about Climate Change and to use all these in the faith-based campaign I am coordinating for my organization, the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC).

However, after the September 26 disaster that submerged more than half of Manila (mainly Marikina, Rizal, Pasig, some parts of Quezon City), I already knew that catching up with the issue of Climate Change becomes an urgent and hard reality. This time there's no more room for half-measures, half-truths and quick-fix solutions because the wrath of nature does not exempt anyone. Although at this point, the main culprits are refusing to take any accountability especially on the historical aspect, climate campaigners including myself (a newbie) have to advance and move on because much scrubbing needs to be done in as much as all people living on this planet have to realize that they too have important roles to play and they have to do their share NOW (including the ones reading this post).

It is my goal to walk readers on this issue by posting in the next few days new information necessary to understand the basics of Climate Change. I am going to include as well the perspectives I have learned, which I want to emphasize and my own thoughts on the issue. Photos will also be posted.

I hope everyone reading my blog will learn from the posts and prompt all of you (everyone) to take an active part on the Climate Change campaign. Let us not allow again our fellow kababayans, for those affected, our loved ones to be at risk of flood and suffer other equally dangerous effects of too much greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that brought about Climate Change (a combination of bad urban, trade and economic policies and natural occurances, i.e. extreme precipitation leading to flood and landslides).

More to come...

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