By: Elena Grace Flores
Bongbong Marcos recognizes the efforts of 17-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg. She spearheads a global youth-based movement by doing a “climate strike.” This is outside Sweden’s parliament in 2018. She plans to join protesters on College Green again soon in the UK. As he narrates his support to the passionate youth, Marcos can’t help but choked as he grasps for words to describe their intensive initiatives.
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
Climate Strike | Bongbong Marcos
The Youth’s Plea on Climate Change
With the advent of climate strike around the world where the world’s youth have called to account previous generations for the harm WE have brought to their patrimony, our legacy, our Earth.
Philippines is a Disaster Country
Marcos earlier cites the 2015 report of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. It says that the Philippines is the fourth in the world among countries hit by the highest number of disasters due to climate change. He also suggests that the lessons from super-typhoon Yolanda must enable Filipinos to build structures that can withstand natural disasters. Typhoons and floods are frequent in the country. He notes that many of the casualties of Yolanda perished in evacuation centers. They collapsed due to strong winds or were submerged in the storm surge.
Marcos urges all government agencies to improve their preparedness to launch relief and rescue operations during times of natural calamities. The Archdiocese of Cebu echoes this plea during their recent Climate Emergency Convention recently. They work with partners to equip rescue transport systems and evacuation centers with solar panels in case other fuels can’t work under extreme conditions.