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Davao biz group urged to cut carbon

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (19 February) -- "We need deep and early cut of carbon."

Climate Change Secretary Heherson Alvarez, in his visit to Davao City yesterday (February 17) urged the business sector in the city to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.

Although he clarified that the country is not a carbon maker but a carbon taker, he also stressed that Filipinos should do their own share of creating a low carbon community.

Speaking before media practitioners during the weekly Club 888 Forum, Alvarez shared that only very few listened to him when he first spoke about climate change years back.

But now, more and more people are feeling the effects of climate change and this topic is now seriously discussed in all institutions.

"Our country will be ruined because we are a low-lying archipelagic country. Even science will not be able to prevent this from happening," he said.

However, he called the business sector to support in the carbon cutting effort initiated by the Malacanang Palace during the Carbon Cutting Congress last November 2009.

In the congress, close to 500 leaders of industry, government, NGOs, and other sectors declared support of reducing 50 percent global emissions by 2050 or before that tipping point of irreversible climate change is reached.

President Arroyo supported this proposal and instructed the Philippine delegation to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties-14 in Poznan, Poland in December, to support an even greater target of 80 percent reduction.

The business sector, Alvarez said, should invest in environmental programs that could cut energy and water usage of their companies. They should also seek opportunity to shift to alternative fuel system like wind and solar. (PIA XI) [top]

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