- Senator Loren Legarda calls for the Philippines’ actions against global warming despite not signing yet in order to ratify the Paris Agreement
- She reminded the tragedies the country has experienced even before the breaching of the 1°C level which will only get worse in the upcoming years
- The senator also clarified President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for climate justice and support for global warming awareness
Lead climate advocate Senator Loren Legarda called for the country’s collective action to address the looming problem of climate change even before the ratification of the Paris Agreement.
During her speech at the Senate’s Climate Change Forum-High-Level Climate Policy Forum on Monday, she tackled the possibility of more tragedies to be caused by global warming in the country. Included in her speech was the fact that the warming reached 1°C above preindustrial for the first time.
Environmental experts have already talked about this inevitable but alarming breach which happened last year. Some of the effects of this change were the recorded heat waves in India and Pakistan, plus the worsening El Niño and La Niña in different parts of the world.
Legarda called for the country’s realization that if the Philippine has experienced irreversible tragedies and loss under a 1°C global warming then how worse are the imminent calamities under the breaching?
She said that actions must take place even before the ratification of the Paris Agreement.
The Philippines was included in the 197 Parties to the Convention but only 22 signed to ratify it. In fact, only 1.08% have agreed to reduce their global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when they need 55 nations for the agreement to take place.
According to her, the efforts of the country shouldn’t wait for the nations and institutions who were still conducting their own debates while the earth continues on warming at a fast, irregular rate.
As the chair of climate change committee on the Senate, Legarda backed up and understood President Rodrigo Duterte’s apprehension on signing the agreement. Instead of disagreeing on the call for awareness, she clarified that the president’s worry was focused on “climate justice.”
The head of the state already explained that he will give priority in addressing global warming concerns as long as it will not halt the country’s road to industrialization. He already expressed that the rich countries should help the poorer countries which are not emitters in the first place.
In the end, the 56-year old senator insisted that the Paris agreement’s financial and technical assistance would be beneficial for the country.
If ratified, the Paris Agreement will raise $100 billion every year to support developing countries in adapting new procedures that will minimize global warming. Additional amounts will be given in the following years.