'Pablo is a warning'
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Relief goods and a warning were delivered as M/V Esperanza, a vessel operated by international environmentalist group Greenpeace, docked in Davao City on Tuesday, December 11.
Mark Dia, team leader of Greenpeace for Southeast Asia, said Typhoon Pablo is a sign that climate change is coming more rapidly in the country.
Dia commented that the disaster and damage brought by Pablo is “a warning that must not be ignored.”
"It would be foolhardy for the government not to heed the warnings," Dia added.
Dia explained that the recent abnormal track and severity of weather disturbances in the country are manifestations of climate change.
Rising of sea level and increasing threats of droughts, Dia added, are also signs of the worsening conditions of the environment.
"The severity of typhoons in the country is increasing. It is also very rare for typhoons to form at the equator. And Pablo came very late out of season," Dia said.
Greenpeace noted that these abnormal disturbances are not just isolated in the country but is also happening across the globe.
Dia asserted that climate change is a powerful force that must be countered with long-term solutions.
"We cannot hide from it. Even the best preparations would not eliminate the effects of climate change," Dia said.
He commented that long-term solutions include the termination of using fossil fuel as source of power and to maximize renewable energy.
Dia asserted that instead of using coal-fired power plants, the country must go into sustainable sources like solar and micro-hydro plants.
With the recent disaster brought by Typhoon Pablo, Greenpeace said they are pushing further their call for the immediate review of the power development plan in the country. - Rappler.com
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