Friday, October 30, 2009

UP Manila Calls for Efforts against Climate Change

While many of us have accepted the fact of the destructive effects of global warming and climate change, the social impact of these phenomena, especially on natural resources, have yet to be discussed in detail.

With the aim to effectively address the consequences of global climate change to the most vulnerable sectors of the society, the University of the Philippines Manila College of Arts and Sciences organized a two-day conference entitled “The Science and Social Impact of Global Climate Change – A Philippine Setting” last Oct. 22–23 at the Pearl Garden Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

The conference discussed, in particular, the effect of the global phenomenon in the local setting and what measures have already been done to curb the massive effect of global warming, as well as to identify how to make agriculture, fisheries, and energy could made sustainable in the midst of climate change.

Eight different plenary sessions were spanned across the two-day event.

Dr. Josefina Argete and Dr. Tolentino Moya discussed the science of climate change in a two-part session, while Prof. Natividad Lacdan went into detail about the social impact of climate change. Dr. Francis Ross de Guzman and Dr. Tonie Balangue were the speakers for local and international policies (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994 and The Kyoto Protocol in 2003) regarding climate change and “green accounting,” respectively. Other speakers included Drs. Raymond Tan, Lydia Leonardo, and Helen Mendoza, and Atty. Fermin Nestor Gardinab, who tackled sustainable production and consumption, impacts of climate change on health, advocacies, and “green courts.”

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) participated in the conference as a partner and sponsor. Pilipinas Shell and Medialdea, Ata, Bello, Guevarra, Suarez are also among the sponsors for the event.

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