While it is true that we are fighting our own demons in this country that contribute to fatal landslides and flooding caused by destructive storms, basically, and studies shows, that the main culprit is climate change.
The government and the environment-related agencies in the country are trying hard to change the mindset of the people about the evils of illegal logging and the slash-and-burn method of farming in forests and woodlands to create fields where crops can be grown so it could sustain the soil in place instead of being eroded and causing siltation in rivers, especially during heavy downpours.
Natural waterways inside cities and suburbs are also being cleared of people living along the sides or even on top of it to prevent them from filling it up with garbage and other debris carelessly thrown so that water can flow freely especially during torrential rains.
But, what can a poor country, like the Philippines, do when the biggest economies and industrialized countries in the world continue to spew considerable pollutants from burning fossil fuels, like, coal, oil and natural gas, but most especially coal?
The term ‘Climate Change’ commonly refers to influences on climate resulting from human practices. Increases in the concentration of so-called greenhouse gases in the atmosphere resulting largely from burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, have led to an observed and projected warming of the earth, known as the enhanced greenhouse effect.
Climate change, as we are experiencing it, is a long-term shift in weather conditions identified by changes in temperature, precipitation, winds, and other indicators.
To start with, planet Earth is a very special planet – it orbits close enough to the sun to receive a lot of energy, but far enough away not to be scorched.
To help keep theses condition constant, planet Earth is wrapped in a layer of greenhouse gases. This layer acts like a blanket, keeping the earth warm and shielding it from the cold of universe. This is commonly referred to as the greenhouse effect.
When fossil fuels are burnt they release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Because of this the layer of greenhouse gas is getting thicker, which is in turn making the Earth warmer, thus, the description known now as the enhanced greenhouse effect.
It is this human-induced enhancement of the greenhouse effect that is of concern because ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases have the potential to warm the planet to levels that have never been experienced in the history of human civilization.
Such climate change could have far-reaching and/or unpredictable environmental, social, and economic consequences, as the country is sadly experiencing now.
Woe is to us, and the other poor nations, for being at the receiving end of the global power sector’s insatiable greed.
The rich nation’s immediate assistance every time we are devastated by a typhoon is very much appreciated, but what is really being ask of them is to start now reducing their fossil fuel usages and spend their riches in researching for an alternative renewable energy the whole world could use so that mankind, rich and poor, can enjoy living and not worry about how destructive the hurricane, cyclone or typhoon is going to be.