PH environmental group asks Trump to 'take a second look' at global warming

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED November 14, 2017 11:34 am

(Inside Manila) “International studies have shown that the Philippines is among the top list of countries most vulnerable to the deadly effects of climate change.”

This was stated by Clean Air Philippines Movement Inc. (CAPMI) chairman Michael Aragon, who was calling President of the United States Donald Trump to take a second look on the environmental issues specifically global warming and climate change.

During a press briefing in Quezon City early this week, Aragon appeals to Trump to look again at the issue and its dreadful threat to the Filipinos as the Philippines was considered as one of the countries at risk of the effects of climate change.

Aragon cited Global Climate Risk Index of the German Watch organization, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and many other credible studies that revealed the Philippines is susceptible to the fatal disasters and harmful effects of climate change such as natural disasters.

According to the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017, countries, who have the least capacity to respond on unprecedented disasters would experience the catastrophes’ greatest impacts. These countries include Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia, among others.

Aragon then recounted the painful memory of the Super Typhoon “Yolanda (with an international name Haiyan) four years ago, which brought massive loss of life and home to the central part of the Philippines. "Yolanda," which was deemed as the strongest typhoon on record, has been responsible for more than 6,300 lives, displacing over four million citizens after it lashed the archipelagic country.

He also pointed out in group’s appeal that the “policies and decisions of the leader of the most powerful country in the world also affect us here in the Philippines.”

“Mr. President we do not intend to debate on your personal views on climate change but we seek your compassionate heart for you to see the clear and present danger that continuously threatens all Filipinos due to global warming and climate change. The United States of America is a friend to the Philippines. Mr. President you are a friend to the Filipinos,“ Aragon said.

In June, the US--the world's second biggest carbon emitter--pulled out from the Paris climate agreement through Trump's order.

The withdrawal of US on the 2015 climate deal was tagged as "tragedy" by several leaders and environmentalists, who worked hard for a more climate-resilient future.



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