Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has called for immediate action to address climate change issues.
“If climate action does not measure up to what is needed, we all face the same fate of diminished existence or extinction altogether,” Locsin said during the United Nations high-level meeting on climate change and sustainability in New York.
Locsin stressed that climate change is happening, its effects as bad as anticipated and faster that estimated.
He pointed out that while the Philippines ha s put in place effective programs to more accurate disaster anticipation, what is needed is action by major carbon-emitting countries.
The meeting was convened by the president of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, to highlight inter-linkages between climate and the Sustainable Development Goals and to promote an intergenerational approach to climate action.