Climate change is a gut issue—Legarda


Senator Loren Legarda INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Reelectionist Sen. Loren Legarda says climate change and disaster risk reduction are gut issues like hunger and poverty alleviation.

She said it is just a matter of connecting with an audience, many of whom wonder where to get their next meal or the next job that would pay for the cost of living.

“I know how to connect climate change and disaster risk reduction to hunger, poverty, loss of livelihood, loss of lives, and what I do is prescriptive,” Legarda told the Philippine Daily Inquirer after she topped the latest SWS survey weeks after discussing concepts like climate change and disaster risk reduction on the campaign trail.

“I tell people what to do to prevent disasters and to improve lives by complying with our environmental laws. People appreciate, understand the issue. Climate change and disaster risk reduction are gut issues,” she added.

The Inquirer on Sunday reported that the audience at a rally of the United Nationalist Alliance showed little concern for such issues as climate change and good governance as they were more concerned about having food on the table and improving their lives.

Legarda said that the adverse impact of the effects of climate change—stronger-than-ever rains and unprecedented dry spells—have a substantial impact on the country and the people’s income.

“We cannot ignore the issue. I also inform them of climate change and NDRRMC laws and how it benefits them,” Legarda said.

To communicate the issues better, Legarda distributes climate change kits and disaster preparedness manuals that “are appreciated by the people.”

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  • NelsonBagatsing

    I believe in Loren Legarda, we need to act now regarding climate change! maaring magkaroon ng malaking epekto ito sa atin kaya habang maaga pa lang kumilos na tayo!

    • JenicaLee

       tara, kasama ako na susuporta dito!

  • InaLorenzo

    Tama nga naman si Senator Loren Legarda, paghandaan na natin yan bago pa mauli ang lahat.. Maraming salamat po pala sa paalala.

    • JewelAgoncillo

       oo naman, malaki ang tiwala ko kay loren legarda at naniniwala ako na dpat ngayon pa lang ang kumilos na tayo!

    • PaulynTayag

       tama !  sangayon din ako mam loren!

  • buttones

    Well all very fine and dandy I’m sure, there is, we are told a ‘climate change’ going on although some are skeptical about this change, what it is and what contribution humans made to it. If the issue is green house gases led to this change. I think we can all agree PH made none or little contribution on a global scale, we have few polluting industries. The damage we do to ourselves is evident, climate change or not, the destruction of our environment has caused innumerable deaths in PH, this cannot be blamed on ’climate change’.
    I am unclear on what Legarda is on about- “ stronger-than-ever rains and unprecedented dry spells—” Where is the scientific evidence to support this? Where, in the case of PH, are the actual facts and figures over say a ten year period?
    The ‘Green ticket’ is fashionable, and I get the feeling Legarda is using this to support her own ends, and what are these ’climate change kits’ ? Disaster preparedness? Well that hardly works either, if we want to talk about ’gut’ issues, talk about the rampant destruction of our natural environment, led by the very people many vote for……
    I think it’s also true that many, given the fact that half a million kids go to school every day hungry, have no concern for the rather grander ideals of what Legarda promotes, the issues are more parochial than that.

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