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Eastern Visayas foresters tackle climate change mitigation

Tacloban City (November 5) -- In response to the government's call for all Filipinos to commit themselves in taking steps to revert or minimize the impact of environmental degradation and global warming, the Society of Filipino Foresters in Eastern Visayas recently conducted a symposium on mitigating climate change.

The symposium was aimed at providing the practicing foresters an update on the technical components of recent global issues and to equip them to better address the issue of climate change and its mitigation.

Leyte Normal University President Evelyn Cruzada, the keynote speaker, set the tone of the symposium when she said, "this is our world. We live in it and we are duty-bound to protect it."

Dr. Rex Victor Corpus who presented the 4th Assessment Report on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that ten years ago, people didn't believe it, but climate change is real. Climate change, he said, is due to human activities which put a lot of stress to the natural resources.

Dr. Corpus said that a 25 % increase in greenhouse gas emissions is projected by 2030. Even if emission of greenhouse gases is totally stopped, global warming will go on until 2040, he said.

Among the effects of global warming is problems in precipitation patterns resulting in more rains in rainy areas and less rains in drought-prone areas. Hardest hit by climate change would be the upland farmers, urban poor and small scale farmers, Dr. Corpus bared.

A major mitigating step involves the reduction of greenhouse gases and carbon sources. One way to do this is to switch from utilizing coal energy to natural forms such as biofuels.

The concensus is the need to educate the children and the young people so that they will realize the importance of saving the environment and to act responsibly. (PIA 8) [top]

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