BLOG ACTION DAY 2009: Philippines, speak out and take a stand now on climate change!

Philippine map grabbed from 18dao.net
Philippine map grabbed from 18dao.net

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:

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.

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Oct. 15 and it is time to take a stand and to act.<__

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23 thoughts on “BLOG ACTION DAY 2009: Philippines, speak out and take a stand now on climate change!

  1. Thank you for linking to Gaiatribe’s post on this topic! You did a wonderful job of suggesting how people can connect the broad subject of “climate change” to the specific focus of their blogs, too. I would really like to see more people around the world get active in this issue. No one country can do it alone.

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  2. An Ode to October 15, 2009: International Blogging Day on Climate ChangeShare
    Today at 8:54pm | Edit Note | Delete
    An Ode to October 15, 2009
    (International Blogging Day on Climate Change)

    Inside your air-conditioned cubicle,
    you are the unwitting dictionary defining
    and unmasking what climate change is:

    Greed is a bulging pocket of a G-8 capitalist
    puffing nucleared smolder
    like the mouth of a factory spewing
    black,
    thick
    mushroom-tar-ladened smoke.

    Today, our words reach high
    like protruded penises and mountained nipples;
    crossing the borders of Himalayas,
    Alpine, Artic and Antartic Ocean.

    If pen(is) mightier than the sword,
    then let my words be like daggers
    piercing on greed’s heart and soul.

    To my words, stab them like penises;
    Aroused them like a tongued-pinnacled clitoris.

    So that in one climatic burst–
    like the Big Bang,
    this world find its womb of rebirth.

    -Richard R. Gappi
    10:56pm
    14 October 2009
    (Sa bahay nina Dino at Che Villaflores)
    Angono, Rizal, Pilipinas

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  3. Here is what I want to share about climate change.

    A Closer Look at Typhoon Ketsana

    The numbers indicate that typhoon Ketsana is the one of the worst weather disturbances to hit the Philippines in terms of damages and losses but not due to deaths. Understandably, it could probably be secondary to the destruction it created to the NCR, supposedly the most economically-productive area. The great and rapid floods that was experienced could be due to factors independent of rainfall. Most likely, it was the result of clogged drainage systems, land erosion, deforestation, and rapid urbanization. It seems that the destructive effects of typhoon Ketsana was more of man-made faults rather than the fury of nature.

    Read more: http://bit.ly/JxTtV

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  4. I want to share this 2:24:19 long video. Something to ponder about this issue.

    Climatologist Timothy F. Ball, PhD: When you’re not a skeptic, you’re not a scientist.-Viewed here 1:42:18

    According to this segment, climate change is nothing but a natural phenomenon. Carbon, a basic element of all living things, when sold to the uninformed masses as carbon dioxide, becomes a scary thing. People would tend to believe blindly. The world has been through a lot of climate changes in the past. So, nothing spectacular about it.

    Further, according to the video, climate change proponents use the environmental movement to promote their real agenda of globalization and federalization and power.

    Think about this: More than 31,000 scientists rejected the man-made hypothesis of global warming as a scientific fraud. 2:04:51

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    Climatologist Timothy F. Ball, PhD: When you’re not a skeptic, you’re not a scientist.-Viewed here 1:42:18

    According to this segment, climate change is nothing but a natural phenomenon. Carbon, a basic element of all living things, when sold to the uninformed masses as carbon dioxide, becomes a scary thing. People would tend to believe blindly. The world has been through a lot of climate changes in the past. So, nothing spectacular about it.

    Further, according to the video, climate change proponents use the environmental movement to promote their real agenda of globalization and federalization and power.

    Think about this: More than 31,000 scientists rejected the man-made hypothesis of global warming as a scientific fraud. 2:04:51

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