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.