Climate change is a gut issue—Legarda

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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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      • buttones

        Thank you for your post. Just setting aside Ms Legarda for the moment- let us discuss climate change in general. For quite a few years now we have listened to scientists argue that the world in general is getting warmer. Now whether humans have made an impact is constantly debated. From this perspective of ‘yes the world is getting warmer’ we are then presented with irrevocable scientific fact, from the British Met Office no less, that this global warming actually stopped 16 years ago! Now, differentiating between global warming, and climate change, or some parts are getting warmer some colder, that maybe the case. Global temperatures over 150 years have risen about 0.7 degrees C [Pagasa] and the frequency of typhoons in PH hasn’t changed much at all. [Pagasa] our average rainfall is just the same over 30 years, is it ’heavier’ – no, the effects are more noticeable because we have destroyed what protected us before- wooded hillsides for one, now they are subdivisions.
        I am not a climate change skeptic, I do believe the climate is changing, maybe shifting, the seas are getting more acidic certainly, and slightly warmer, fish are migrating.
        On Legarda, I am not to clear what she advocates, teaching that we have a change going on? Most of us know this already, even a poor fisherman will tell you something is going on- As I said, PH have made no contribution to this global effect, what we have done is to destroy the very environment that might protect us from the results everybody else is creating, so there lies the only thing we can do. Maybe Legarda, and her colleagues in the Senate should advocate absolute ruthless Laws on ALL logging, ALL mining, controlled fishing, along with Draconian penalties as well because that is the only way PH can protect itself from the consequences of other nations irresponsibility…..
        By the way what has been the efficacy of these programs you speak of? I only ask because over the few short years I’ve been back home the environment has gone from bad to worse…..   

      • LadyBalmaceda

        oo nga eh parang its just been getting worse..

      • DennisTan

        i agree with you to a certain extent but what your talking about isnt exactly climate change. Climate change refers to general shifts in climate, including temperature, precipitation, winds, and other factors. Global warming (as well as global cooling) refers specifically to any change in the global average surface temperature. Global warming is often misunderstood to imply that the world will warm uniformly. In fact, an increase in average global temperature will also cause the circulation of the atmosphere to change, resulting in some areas of the world warming more, others less. Some areas can even cool. Unfortunately, although it significantly misrepresents what really happens, the term ‘global warming’ is still often used by media and others to describe climate change but is not climate change :)

        To add more yes we are not the ones destroying our environments to a certain extent.. because im pretty sure sometimes its unavoidable but the waste we take in from big countries(if im not mistaken) the US and i think China. pay us because to be honest they have no where else to dump their waste..

      • buttones

        Sorry, I may have not said it very well, and I agree with your, or what are really the definitions of global warming and climate change and the differences. On climate change, shifting of weather patterns, some places becoming colder, others warmer, dryer, wetter this as we know has been going on for millions of years, and still is I guess, it’s hard to imagine continents moving for example but they do, and islands are even created as others are destroyed and it’s even harder to imagine Arabia was once a tropical forest- but it was. A fascinating subject.On the general ’warming’ , the average temperature, well they say it has risen, and as you say this effects weather patterns, an average warmer sea for example will create more evaporation, which leads to more rainfall which leads on to other changes, it has a effect on marine animals, Mediterranean species end up in the English Channel for example. Pine beetles can survive winters in BC Canada for example, and destroy the forests – is this localized ’climate change’ or an effect of ’global warming?’Nevertheless, I think it’s fair to say, since the Western Industrial Revolution from the late 1700’s onwards, and then Asia, culminating with China over the last 30 years have done us all a great disservice, ultimately. Throw in destruction of the natural environment, the Amazon Basin, Indonesia, Alberta shale fields and a few more- I just wonder where this thing is heading.. As I said we, people like us in PH had NOTHING to do with this, other than an insatiable demand for the ’things’ these people made. Actually what I said is not quite true- to destroy 93% of our forests since the late 1800’s is no mean achievement- we are in a smaller way guilty as well……

    • risamyloves

      loren actually does fight for women and children rights :) and with legarda she also does promote that as well. she doesnt only prioritize the environment but the people who live in it too :)

  • disqusted0fu

    Climate change and disaster risk management are gut issues that our President know nothing about. And same with hunger and poverty alleviation, he also will not do anything about it.

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