Palace says erratic weather underscores need for Filipinos to preserve environment

April 23, 2009 11:03 am 

MANILA, April 22 — The unpredictable weather currently being experienced in the country is a wake-up call for all Filipinos to unite to preserve the environment for future generations.

This is the message President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wishes to convey to the nation during the Earth Day celebration on April 19-25, Presidential Spokesperson and Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said today.

"The message of the President is to remind the Filipino people to be conscious all the time of our environment," Ermita said.

At his regular weekly briefing in Malacanang, Ermita said climate change is already here as shown by the intense heat, humid and erratic weather.

"The weather has become unpredictable because of too much carbon dioxide in the environment. It's a wake-up call for us Filipinos to preserve the environment," Ermita said.

Last Friday, Ermita said, the President, along with Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Secretary Heherson Alvarez, launched the "Carbon Cutting Coalition" during her weekly climate change briefing in Payatas, a former dumpsite in Quezon City.

The Coalition is a multi-sectoral initiative to find concrete solutions to mitigate the impact of global warming and climate change.

The President conducts a nationwide climate change briefing every Friday to drum up support from environmentalists, government agencies, local officials and other sectors of society and the general public as well, to engage in programs that help mitigate climate change.

These mitigation programs include recycling and waste segregation, reforestation and coastal clean-up.

Ermita said that this coming Friday, a "Panata ng Bayan" will be conducted in Quezon City as part of the weeklong Earth Day celebration themed, "Earth Survival Climate Change Solutions."

"Let us be more environment-conscious because it is not only for (the welfare of) this generation but for the generations to come," he said. (PNA)

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