Climate Change: Think globally and act locally. | November 10, 2015

The United Nations Climate Change Conference of Paris on November 30 up to December 11, 2015 will present for the first time in over 20 years of UN Negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Indeed, all nations need to come together to care for what Pope Francis called “Our Common Home”.The United Nations Climate Change Conference of Paris on November 30 up to December 11, 2015 will present for the first time in over 20 years of UN Negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Indeed, all nations need to come together to care for what Pope Francis called “Our Common Home”.
Silsilah Dialogue Movement since the beginning in 1984 has considered “Dialogue with Creation” of the four pillar of Dialogue, together with Dialogue with God, with the self and with others”. The movement has been in the front line in many initiatives of protection of the environment in many ways. The last activity done in line with this spirit of “Dialogue with Creation” was the 34th Silsilah Kapihan, one of the regular advocacy of Silsilah where the Movement present to Media and different sectors of society relevant issues.
This activity was conducted in the  Sunflower  Food Center  in  Rizal  Street,  had  for  its  theme  ‘Global  Warming  and  Climate  Change  Plan of Action And  Advocacy’.  The  Kapihan is a Silsilah  mode of dialogue  with  its  linkages – link with  people and  creation  by creating  awareness  and deep  concerns. Invited guests were Dr. Eduardo  M.  Bisquera  Jr., Ph. d,  Assistant  City  Environment  and  Natural  Resources Officer (OCENR),  who  also  chaired  the Technical   Working  Group  (TWG)  for  formulating  the  (LCCAP) and  Engr. Allan  Labayog  of PHILVOCS – PAG-ASA,  this  region. He enlightened the audience on the possible danger of tsunamis, an effect of global warming which causes the rise of sea level. An earthquake that may happen on either of the epicenters of the Sulu trench and the Cotabato trench between which  lies Zamboanga City, can cause a destructive tsunami to this City
The  one-hour  Kapihan,  focused  on  the  disastrous effects  of climate change being experienced  not only  by  other  countries  globally,  but  particularly  also  the  City  of  Zamboanga.  Dr. Bisquera  spoke  on some important aspects of  the  Zamboanga City Local Climate Change Action Plan (ZCLCCAP) 2015-20130.
Located  in  the southernmost  tip  of  Zamboanga  Peninsula  in  Mindanao,  Philippines. The City  has  an  aggregate  area  of 148, 338.49  hectares  with  ninety  eight  (98)  barangays, including  the forty eight (48)  in  the  coastal areas and  islands  with  a total  coastline  of  396  kilometers. The rise of the sea endangers the lives and property of the residents thereat.
Zamboanga City once had an ideal climate, a predictable wet and dry season, until it  begun  to  experience  a  series of  disasters  from  climate change- related  effects from  year 2007 onwards.  Concerned with the present climatic  problem as well as the  safety of  the populace, led  the Hon. City  Mayor  Maria  Isabelle Climaco – Salazar together with  her city officials  to  conceive  a  plan  to  meet  the  present  challenges  pose  by  the  hazards  of Climate change.      Thus, the   Zamboanga City Local Climate  Change  Action  Plan  2016-2030 (ZCLCCAP) was formulated. It had for its basis the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) The  local action  plan  was  approved by  the  Zamboanga City  Disaster  Risk Reduction  and Management  Council  (ZCDRRMC)  Resolution No. 01, series  2015.    As explained  by  Dr. Bisquera, Jr. , the  Action Plan  clearly  indicates  its  major objective  to  prepare  the  City to be ready as a whole,  meet  climate  change  hazards/disasters.

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