AN international organization has launched the “Let’s Talk Cleaner Energy” campaign in the Philippines, challenging Filipinos to consider cleaner alternative energy sources that can power the country.
Climate Reality Project, a global, multi-sectoral alliance advocating grassroots participation in climate change issues, hosted discussions with the media to explore the vulnerabilities faced by coal-dependent countries, like the Philippines.
“If there is one thing that we should talk about, shouldn’t it be our future? The Philippines has had opinion leaders start conversations on climate change on the global platform, but we need to unify these voices back home and commit to change our nation’s course. I believe that is what we are doing today,” said Rodne Galicha, Climate Reality Project Philippines manager.
He noted that elsewhere in the world, the movement for renewable power has been rapidly advancing. India has brought down the cost of solar energy, and successfully made it cheaper than coal-generated power.
Galicha asserted that it can be done in the Philippines. “We have hydropower, geothermal energy, solar energy, wind power and biomass. These are already utilized in different parts of the Philippines, and still have great potential to expand in the coming years.”
The Climate Reality Project Philippines manager called on his audience to recognize the impact of shying away from the conversation on climate change. Galicha explained a three-fold threat to the nation that only grows as it is delayed: the increasing rate of climate risk, the dependence on dwindling coal reserves and the indifference of population accustomed to climate change.
The discussions explored topics on falling air quality, resource contamination and their health impacts, disruption and catastrophe from changed climate patterns and viable alternatives to climate change-inducing coal.
These community and environment threats were illustrated through a video that featured Filipinos wearing masks that bore the names of the deadliest storms to hit the country in the recent decade. The video parted with the message: “You can do something. Let’s talk cleaner energy.”
Climate realities and forecasts were also presented with key visuals to encourage the guests to join in the conversation about the future of the planet.
In conclusion, Climate Reality Project Philippines representatives made the symbolic gesture to fight climate change and coal-driven degradation by pushing a “stop the emission” button. The environmental advocates then removed their face masks and called on the audience, “Let’s talk cleaner energy.”
The “Let’s Talk Cleaner Energy” event is one of the many initiatives from the Climate Reality Project Philippines. To know more about their cause and how to save the future of the planet, follow them at www.facebook.com/climatereality.