This is it, this is our chance as Filipino bloggers and as online Filipinos, to change the topic of discussions and focus on climate change.
Climate change is a big issue globally. Sadly, many of us don’t know anything about it. More importantly, climate change has taken a back seat to more pressing, more fundamental problems that a country such as ours need to confront and resolve: Issues like corruption, foreign domination and social inequalities that keep most of our people impoverished and without power.
The supertyphoons Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma) however has forced us to confront climate change as well. Here we are, a nation that has endured about 20 typhoons in a year, shocked and devastated by massive floods and landslides never before seen by our generation. To add insult to injury, we decry official negligence as the recent disasters struck and we are beginning to realize the effects of many government policies and business practices.
Blog Action Day is thus an opportunity to make climate change an essential and important issue, with bloggers and online Filipinos given a chance to remember the recent past when we had “normal” climate patterns, to take a look at environment policies of government and environment practices of business, to check what has happened to the long list of promises given us in exchange for development. This is also a chance for us to propose solutions, to offer alternative paradigms and views, to raise a call for development that uplifts the poor, corrects bad policies, tears down unfair practices, and conserves the environment for both the present and future.
What we can do today
This is heavy stuff but as we say, big things come from small beginnings. Blog Action Day’s global organizers actually offers us suggestions on how to take this discussion forward, how to participate as bloggers:
- A Technology or Business blog might write about emerging clean tech and how innovative companies might be able to help address the problem of climate change.
- A Health or Lifestyle blog might write about how climate change will affect our children’s health and daily living.
- A Nonprofit or Political blog might write about how climate change is deeply connected to many other issues – such as poverty and conflict.
- A Design blog might write about new trends in eco-friendly or sustainable design.
- A Travel blog might write about the places you want to see now before climate change makes them difficult to access or, well, under the sea.
Resources are a-plenty:
- Agham Youth released yesterday a Blog Action Briefer.
- Gaiatribe has all these links to many other basic materials.
- A German think-tank meanwhile has this study that found the Philippines as the No. 1 victim of climate in 2006 (PDF)
- Primer on Climate Change by Ibon Foundation (PDF)
Another thing you can do is to sign the People’s Protocol on Climate Change.
We can also use our experience through the online and offline bayanihan for relief aid as an example or inspiration for what we can accomplish if we focus on climate change.
Special challenge to political leaders
We also issue this special challenge to those who are planning to run for office in the 2010 elections, specifically the presidential, senatorial and congressional candidates — as well as the incumbents: Join today’s discussion. Tell the people and the world what you think about climate change. What changes can we expect if you run and win?
Those on Facebook, Twitter, Plurk and other social media are also welcome to join the world’s bloggers by sharing notes and links to these materials and posting the Philippine badge to the Blog Action Day 2009.
The day we’ve waited for has arrived. Its already
Oct. 15 and it is time to take a stand and to act.<__