Pagtatanim ng punongkahoy sa tabing-kalsada, isang invitation for disaster; Komperensya ukol sa paglikha ng mga CLIMATE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES gaganapin sa Antipolo at Paje seeks more positive public attitude to climate change

Pagtatanim ng punongkahoy sa tabing-kalsada, isang invitation for disaster

NAGTUTUMBAHANG punongkahoy at mga malalaking sanga na buma balagbag at nakaa aksidente sa maraming major thoroughfares ang resulta ng di pinag isipang walang habas na pagtatanim ng punongkahoy sa mga tabing daan, dahilan pa ng matinding trapik at kung insan ay kamatayan.

Ito ang assessment ng ilang environmentalist na naging concern sa maling paraan ng pagtatanim ng mga punongkahoy na pinangunahan ng ilang pulitikong walang alam sa agham at teknolohiya, sinasabing wala ring foresight sa disaster risk reduction and management at resulta ng
maling pag implimenta ng environmental projects.

“ang tree planting ay dapat sa bundok. Minsan kung mangrove ay dapat sa tabing dagat, pagtatanim naman ng kawayan ay sa mga tabing ilog at hindi sa kalsada, sidewalk o center island sa kalagitnaan ng busy highway” bahagi ng eksklusibong panayam ng pahayagang ito sa isang environmental advocate kamakailan.

Resulta ng maling pagtatanim ng puno sa di tamang lugar ay black out, dahil maraming kawad ng kuryente ang nakabayubay sa itaas ng mga kabahayan pinag uugnay ng mga poste na kung lalakas ang hangin sa gitna ng bagyo ay maaring idamay ng babagsak na punongkahoy na itinanim sa tabing kalsada. (Jane Balaguer)

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Komperensya ukol sa paglikha ng mga CLIMATE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES gaganapin sa Antipolo

LAYUNING makalikha ng mga pamayanang matatag sa pagbabago ng klima, nakatakdang ganapin ang isang kumperensya ukol sa paglikha ng mga climate resilient communities sa pamamagitan ng integrated river basin management para sa Marikina watershed kung saan ang mga magiging stakeholders ay magiging katuwang nila sa pagpapaunlad nito.

Pangungunahan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources ang nasabing aktibidad, ang ahensya n pamahalaan na naatasang mangalaga sa mga isyung pangkalikasan.
Ang pagbabago ng klima ay isang seryosong isyu na dapat i-address ayon sa mga dalubhasa dahil ka angkla ito sa marami pang mahalagang isyu ng bayan. Ang tema ngayong taon ay: Protecting the Fragile Marikina Watershed: Through Convergence of Agencies,

Pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan at mga pribadong organisasyon upang matugunan ang suliranin pang klima. Kabilang sa mga makikibahagi ay sina DENR Sec. Ramon Paje, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture at Climate Change Congress of the Philippines. (Jane Balaguer)

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Paje seeks more positive public attitude to climate change

As the climate changes, so must overall public attitude on climate change. This was according to Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, who is leading government efforts to develop a more positive public attitude towards climate change through a massive advocacy campaign aimed at raising the awareness of people about the global phenomenon characterized by increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

“We need the public to understand that climate change is everybody’s business. We want the people to take seriously the dire effects of climate change and do something to help cushion these impacts,” Paje said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), recently launched the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign that aims to soften public skepticism towards climate change through strategic communication and social mobilization.

The government’s intensified information drive taps into social networking sites like Facebook in disseminating vital information such as how to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and reduce disaster risk on both humans and the environment. In taking the fight against climate change to the next level, Paje said the government wants to enhance public understanding of and sense of responsibility for climate change.

“Everyone is accountable for the phenomenon of climate change. We need to make people realize this. All of us are accountable, all of us will be affected, and all of us can do something to help,” the DENR chief said. Paje said the intensified campaign also seeks to popularize and strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

“Adaptation measures are to strengthen the ability to survive and be safe, while mitigation measures are to strengthen the environment that plays a critical role in our sustenance and welfare,” he explained. He added: “We want the public to know that apathy is a thing of the past. By actively cooperating and participating, they are actually protecting themselves.”

According to Paje, the antidote to the country’s environmental problems is “a change in attitude.” “Nagbabago na ang panahon, panahon na para magbago,” Paje said, quoting the overall theme of the climate change information drive.  (Jessica Estrella-DENR)