CLIMATE change, which threatens the very existence of man, plants and animals, is a bigger crisis than COVID-19, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In fact, chemicals and other hazardous wastes pollute the air, soil and even water, killing and crippling millions of people throughout the world, including impoverished Philippines.
Addressing the Cabinet Cluster on CCAM-DDR last July 21, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, a retired four-star military general, said climate change remains a top priority of the government.
Although it is busy controlling the spread of the deadly corona virus, Secretary Cimatu said the Duterte administration continues to address climate change, which is just in “slow motion.”
From the problems on ecosystem stability, changes in climate have a multiplier effect to food production and human conflict, said Cimatu, ex-chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Cimatu also cited deforestation which, he said, disrupts weather patterns and the water cycle that contributes to climate change and, worse, destroys the habitats of many animal species.
The government, through the Cabinet Cluster on CCAM-DRR, will prioritize actions that will reduce long-term health impacts and increase our resilience and adaptive capacity to both the pandemic and climate change.
Under Executive Order No. 24, Series of 2017, the cluster is mandated to focus on the protection and preservation of the environment and natural resources and serve as venue for discussing inter-related concerns on climate change and disaster risk management.
We share the view of experts and specialists that the worsening of climate change, brought about by society’s addiction to fossil fuels, would have untold consequences to many industries.
Without doubt, there’s that urgent need for everybody to exert concerted efforts to arrest global warming.