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RP named as one of 8 countries at risk of going underwater; only 52% of Pinoys know what "climate change" means
Published on: Aug 17, 2010 - 2:16pm

The Philippines has been named one of eight countries "that could be washed underwater with just a slight rise in sea levels caused by climate change," by the website of eco-lifestyle television network Planet Green. The report said, "The water is already rising in the Philippines, not only threatening homes of people who live near the coast, but flooding rice fields and devastating other areas of agricultural production."

Planet Green referred to an article posted on the website of the International Labour Organization in September 2009 quoting Glicerio Monton Jr., mayor of Jabonga town in Agusan del Norte, who said, "Climate change has caused severe flooding in Jabonga, about 12 to 16 feet deep, often from December to February... Before, only 20 percent of the water from the lake and seaside overflow to the community, now it has increased to about 80 percent. It has affected farm production for rice, corn, vegetables and fruit trees."

The Maldives, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Barbados, Kiribati, and Tuvalu are the other countries at risk of going underwater due to climate change, according to Planet Green.

Dante Dalabajan of Oxfam Philippines talks about the link between climate change and disasters after Typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines.

Meanwhile, reports that a Pulse Asia poll showed that only 52 percent of Filipinos know what "climate change" means. The report explains, "About one in two Filipinos (52 percent) has a wide or sufficient knowledge about climate change while the rest (48 percent) have little, almost no or no knowledge at all about the matter. These figures are essentially the same as those obtained by Pulse Asia in its July 2008 Ulat ng Bayan survey (55 percent and 45 percent respectively)."

Although only about half of the respondents know what climate change is, a larger percentage of respondents understand how climate change can affect them. According to the survey, 71 percent said climate change is dangerous to the environment, and 70 percent said it is also dangerous for their families and themselves.

Filipinos are now relatively more active in helping protect the environment. Pulse Asia said, "Compared to the March 2005 figures, more Filipinos are now engaged in recycling, tree planting, waste segregation and environment education with participation levels in these activities up by 8 to 30 percentage points between March 2005 and July 2010."

The survey was conducted from July 1 to 11 among 1,200 respondents aged 18 and above.

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  • teena

    totoo naman may kasalanan ang simbahan.kaya nga di matuloy tuloy yang RH bill na yan dahil sa kanila.

    of course di naman nila entirely kasalanan. may contribution lang sila.
    Aug 31 2010 @ 12:16pm     Reply  
  • jujueyeballs
    Hay nako... ginawa na namang scapegoat ang Simbahan.

    "Ngunit dahil may mataas tayong intelligence, ginamit sana natin ang ating utak para huwag padamihin ang mga unwanted na homo sapiens.Kasalanan ng Simbahan iyan sa pananakot nila na pupunta sa IMPYERNO ang mga nagpapractice ng birth control."

    Mataas ang intelligence pero madaling mauto?
    Aug 23 2010 @ 03:39pm     Reply  
  • erin
    sana i-prioritize ito ng government....
    Aug 19 2010 @ 01:14pm     Reply  
  • LeeVogue
    Hello, ang Kalibugan o sexual urge ay likas sa ating lahat ng nilalang. Ngunit dahil may mataas tayong intelligence, ginamit sana natin ang ating utak para huwag padamihin ang mga unwanted na homo sapiens.Kasalanan ng Simbahan iyan sa pananakot nila na pupunta sa IMPYERNO ang mga nagpapractice ng birth control.
    Aug 18 2010 @ 09:29am     Reply  
  • cristine
    We can't blame the church kasi bawal ang contraceptions or abortions. Iblame dyan yong mga tao di mapigil ang mag anak ng anak without thinking kung anong future ang haharapin ng kanilang mga anak gayong hirap na nga pakainin ng 3x a day di kaya padamitan at lalong di kaya pag aralin. Yong mga nanay wala ng ginawa kundi tsismis sa kanto imbis tumulong sa asawa maghanapbuhay at pag medyo malaki na ang mga anak kailangan magtrabaho para makatulong o kaya taga bantay ng mga nakababatang kapatid while mother is having another baby.
    Aug 18 2010 @ 06:12am     Reply  
  • Rumormonger
    I heard that the Maldives has bought land in Sri Lanka so that the would be able to migrate as a country when theirs goes under. It's been confirmed by a couple of people. Is it really true?
    Aug 18 2010 @ 12:10am     Reply  
  • Sodom&Gomorrah
    Pwede naman siguro ang MASS MIGRATION, pero sino tatanggap sa atin? Doon sa Himalayas mataas doon hindi tayo aabutan ng tubig. Ang MALDIVES, eh nagpaplano na.Baka na naman mahuli tay sa Pancitan? Kasalanan lahat ng Simbahan ito.Pinadami nila ng pinadami ang tao!
    Aug 17 2010 @ 08:41pm     Reply  
  • Suicide Nation
    We're destroying our own land and we don't even know it.
    Aug 17 2010 @ 07:53pm     Reply  
  • Sheila
    Kapag nature na ang kalaban, may magagawa pa ba tayo to stop it. Oh well, at least good news na tumataas ang awareness. Pero parang too late naman na.
    Aug 17 2010 @ 07:15pm     Reply  
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