Climate and energy crisis? Go local

In a roundtable discussion, the Center for Liberalism and Democracy engaged with policy makers, experts, and environmental advocates to talk about the current climate and energy situation in the country, Oct. 07.

Titled “Sustainable Tomorrow: Transitioning to a Greener Future,” the forum covered basic data analysis of the impact of climate change in the Philippines, the Philippines’ contribution to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, electrical energy sources, renewable and sustainable energy resources, and the role of government in lessening the GHG emissions of the country.

“There is a trade-off to economic development, as it contributed to the increased GHG emissions leading to climate change,” Cedrik Forbes, Insights Grid Managing Director, said. 

When talking about the climate and energy crisis, the poor are the most vulnerable and affected. When calamities occur, the poor have the least means to survive. When agricultural land becomes severely affected by climate change, the prices of food increases. “Policy is about people,” Forbes emphasized.

The latter half of the discussion focused on possible policy recommendations on how to address the climate and energy crisis which focus on the vital role local government units, civil societies, and people’s participation. 

Present during the event is Occidental Mindoro Rep. Alfonso “Boy” Umali, a long time equitable energy advocate and champion, and representatives from the Liberal Party and Angat Kalikasan Pilipinas. 

This project is in partnership with FNF Philippines