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Secretary Alvarez urges people of Cagayan Valley to help mitigate climate change

by Oliver Baccay

Tuguegarao City (24 March) -- Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez, Climate Change Commission-Vice Chair, has urged the people of Cagayan Valley Region to be awake and seriously take responsibilities to protect the environment from further degradation as a way to mitigate climate change.

In a message during the Regional Summit on Forest Management and Protection held here, the Secretary has warned the public that the rich forest and its components will continue to diminish if global warming will not be addressed.

He explained that high temperatures will cause vegetation to dry up and become susceptible to destructive fires while erratic rainfall will reduce crop productivity in the uplands.

"Climate change will continue to threaten the forest and the flora and fauna, and more species could be lost due to global warming", Sec. Alvarez said.

In the country, deforestation and land degradation are considered serious problems of the government and concerned sectors because of decades of intensive logging, agricultural expansion, inequitable land distribution and failed policies.

Because of this, Alvarez urged the participants of the summit to unite ideas and recommendations to stop the decline of forest cover in the region as well as in the country, and to combat deforestation and forest degradation.

He also encouraged the people to reduce "carbon footprints" in mitigating climate change such as using bio-fuel blends for gasoline and diesel, improving road systems that will include bicycle lanes and sidewalks, segregating solid wastes from the source, urban food gardening, planting trees and conserving energy.

He further encouraged officials to tap potential rich sources of clean energy such as wind, solar, tidal, geothermal and hydro power to gradually replace coal and oil-fired power plants.

"Let us avoid using objects that are energy intensive like plastics. Adopt a more organic lifestyle by doing, eating and being what’s natural…," Sec. Alvarez added. (PIA 2) [top]

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