Biyernes, Setyembre 6, 2013

Climate change is a social problem!


by SANDRO J. REBADIO, BEE, DSSE

Last December, 2013, the south eastern part of Mindanao was hit by the Super typhoon named Pablo which I deemed that the world is dramatically changing. We were not experienced this before. Today, a simple strong wind can be identified by most people as there was an upcoming weather disturbance. We were afraid for it is not usual in our place. Although we are not living in the coastal area but Pablo petrified us. Imagined how the typhoon has cleared the mountainous area of whole Compostela Valley to Davao Oriental and leaving a marked in the history of natural disasters in Eastern Mindanao. According to Juland Suazo of Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao, Typhoon “Pablo” should remind Filipinos that climate change is real and has worsened the economic burdens of poor families such as hunger and water scarcity.

Thus, Climate change is here with us and I adhered that Climate change is a social problem, a serious environmental and economic problem. The Filipino society now gradually feels the presence of this climate change. It is rooted to the undisciplined individual living in the urban areas that contribute most of pollution in water, air and land. Our ozone layer in atmosphere becomes slender and thinner that the heat entered directly to the planet. The changes in the climate corollary change the mode of our daily living. Typhoon and monsoon rains like Habagat intense flooding in Metro Manila and other urban areas that hardly controlled and managed. Globalization, overpopulation and industrialization in the urban areas consumed much energy that affect to the scarcity of the sources and inflation in the services.

Yes, it‟s a social problem. A dilemma that needs for solution and treatment .It is not just a simple problem. It is an everybody‟s concern. Our habitat is getting hotter and climate change is with us. Noted that we depend our life in nature; the agricultural sector in particular. How we could harvest quality agricultural products if our farmlands, fish cages, were affected with this unpredictable weather and climate. As a result farmers today actually confused with the planting and harvesting season. Furthermore, can you imagine how our farmers persevere to harvest their palay before the storms arrived? Or how the farmers managed their plants in long drought?Moreover, the power crisis that resulted to long rotating brownout we had experienced in Mindanao last year is actually due to the insufficient water supply in the hydroelectric power plant in Iligan. On another context, how about our source of clean drinking water? Are we now experiencing a clean water crisis? According to the Ceres Report and Pacific institute (2009):

Population growth and economic development are driving significant increases in agricultural and industrial demand for water. Agriculture accounts for more than two-thirds of global water use, including as much as 90 percent in developing countries. Freshwater consumption worldwide has more than doubled since World War II and is expected to rise another 25 percent by 2030.7 Much of the growth is the result of expected increases in the world population from 6.6 billion currently to about 8 billion by 2030 and over 9 billion by 2050.(p.4)

Thus, this problem will be definitely real if we continue to ignore this possibility that water can be limited a year from now.On the other hand, the inflation rate on primary commodities like food is now a trends especially that our soil lack of nutrients and not anymore fertile for the long run of land use. Fishes were also limited. Accordingly on the news, price hike on my favorite sardines threatened the public due to the insufficient harvest in our seawater. On the other hand, overpopulation is also one thing contributed to the problem. Most waste that thrown in our waterways and drainage system tremendously triggered the possibility of flood in urban areas during rainy season. Diseases and illness is everywhere with this condition during flood and even drought.

On the documentary produced by GMA 7 like Signos: Banta sa Pagbabago ng Klima and Oras Na, opened my eyes on how our environment behave now. Our natural resources will turn to scarcity or limited that need to look for alternative. This problem is a problem that needs immediate response. Climate Change is indeed a social problem.


Cited references :

Lorie Ann Cascaro (December 12,2012).Groups say typhoon „Pablo‟ reminds climate change is real, urge PNoy to act now.Retrieved:6:32PM,4 September 2013 at: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2012/12/12/groups-say-typhoon-pablo-reminds-climate-change-is-real-urge-pnoy-to-act-now/

Jason Marrison et.al (February2009).Water Scarcity and Climate Change:Growing Risks for
Businesses & Investors A Ceres Report .
Retrieved : http://www.pacinst.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/full_report30.pdf

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