U.P. Manila Conference on Global Climate Change
My hunger for knowledge for the past few months honed my skills in finding conferences and free seminars over the internet. Luckily, I came across U.P. Manila’s webpage last August announcing that they will hold a climate change conference in October.
After the great flood brought about by the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, I suddenly remembered the conference. I went back to the website and used Google chat to ask the organizer if there were still slots available (they only allow 100 participants to attend the event). I got an immediate answer and without much ado, I registered online. (I paid at the day of the conference🙂 ).
The 2-day conference composed of people from different sectors: the academe, government agencies, non-government organizations, students, and government officials. Consequently, I was overwhelmed with the overflowing exchanges of ideas and information. This is the kind of conference everyone should attend.
There are a few things I learned from the plenary sessions that I want to highlight and share to the public. First, our country contributes only a small percentage to the global carbon dioxide emissions and yet, we carry the greatest burden. Second, most of us are not aware and don’t fully understand the climate change policies – local and international. Knowledge of all these policies will lead to awareness and control, empowering each and everyone of us to solve the crisis. Third, we can’t stop climate change. We can only adapt to it and lessen its effects. Fourth, people are receptive during the aftermath of a tragedy. And lastly, there’s no transparency between academe-policymakers-society . Hence, it will affect the communication, knowledge and unity that are needed in building the country’s preparedness to be fully equipped in facing climate change.
Moreover, I also want to point out that there are numerous solutions that could address this climate adversity. BUT, it is only through COLLABORATION, IMPLEMENTATION and ACTION that we can truly say that we are doing something not just merely planning and pointing who is/are responsible.
The follow-up and next UP Manila Global Climate Change conference will be held 2-3 years from now. I hope this time people are still receptive, responsive and more responsible with the changes in our environment.