By Gabriela Baron
More Yolandas, droughts, and water loss will be experienced as Philippine temperature is expected to rise by 7 to 8 degrees in 20 to 30 years, experts said.
“It’s not just a catastrophic threat, it’s an existential threat,” according to Tony La Viña, acting executive director of Manila Observatory in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Declaring a climate emergency will mean transforming the fossil-fuel-driven Philippine economy altogether in order to avert the irreversible environmental impacts in 2050.
“That’s why it’s important to declare [an] emergency, we have a window of at least 10 years to which we will try to avert the worst effects.” La Viña added.
In the last few months, the country has already bear with a series of water losses and bad storms.
La Viña is urging the Philippines to take action. In order to minimize the risk, the government must spend money to finance stronger defense and must reject reclamations.
He also encourages the shift to renewable energy and to drop coal power plants from our grids much faster.
According to The Conversation, an official declaration of climate emergency puts a government on a ‘wartime mobilization’ that places climate change at the center of policy and planning decisions.
The United Kingdom becomes the first country to declare a climate emergency.