LEADING presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe hailed the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday (April 22), Earth Day.
“We support the decision of President Aquino to sign it, and congratulate our delegation led by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Climate Change Commission’s Emmanuel de Guzman as they participate in the signing ceremony,” Poe said.
In calling on the Senate to immediately ratify the agreement, she vowed to lead and participate in the effort to reduce GHG emissions.
“If elected President, I will be faithful to this pledge and reduce our emissions by 70 percent relative to business-as-usual levels by 2030. This means we will have to make a rapid transition to renewable energy and effectively protect our forests and ecosystems. We will also accelerate adaptation efforts so that our people and communities become more resilient,” Poe said.
According to the senator, climate change is the “most serious environmental threat that faces the world.”
“As we saw in Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and the drought now afflicting Mindanao, its effects are deadly and catastrophic for the country,” she noted.
“With political will and our children’s future in mind, we will spare no effort in honoring our word,” Poe said.