Makati City declares ‘climate emergency’
MANILA, Philippines – Makati City has declared a “climate emergency” amid a rise in sea levels and global temperatures.
Makati City Mayor Abby Binay formally declared the climate emergency on Friday, according to Binay’s speech on “Cafe Talk for Resilient Makati,” a webinar organized by the city’s disaster and risk reduction unit on Friday.
“We heard the data. We understood the science, and we are feeling its impact. Now is a crucial time to act, and we need to act fast. We need thinkers, doers, and movers,” said Binay.
Citing Binay’s speech in a press release, the Makati City government explained that being a low-lying, coastal city, Makati is vulnerable to natural calamities intensified by climate change, such as super typhoons, floods and landslides.
It was also noted that Binay has vowed to ramp up initiatives to address climate change. The Makati City government planned to purchase more electric vehicles, to install solar panels in public schools and government offices, and to improve public transport in order to lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
Binay earlier signed a deal with Korea International Cooperation Agency that will introduce electric buses to Makati City. The Makati city government will also press forward with the Makati Subway.
The Global Climate Risk Index 2021 listed the Philippines as one of countries most affected by catastrophes induced by extreme weather events.
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