Philippines In Danger After Recent Typhoon
The Pacific Ocean in and around Asia can breed some of the deadliest weather on the planet, capable of wiping away lives and cities in the blink of an eye. The Philippines is a country that is no stranger to massive storms, being that they are right in the middle of one of the most typhoon-affected regions of the world.
Just over this weekend, the country was being hammered by Typhoon Hagupit and the nasty weather that came with it. As homes and businesses fall victim to this storm, the wider Philippine community asks the world for help in dealing with climate change that will inevitably make storms like Hagupit much larger and difficult to cope with. This chapter of history is proving to be incredibly vital for the future survival of the Philippines and many other countries who lay in the path of innumerable climate change-related issues.
Philippine Government Fights For Survival
As ironic as it may be, the very same time that the Philippines are dealing with a typhoon, the UN Climate talks are happening. Representatives from the Philippines are taking on lead roles in the fight to create “loss and damage” devices able to help countries with what are becoming inevitable consequences of climate change. With the Philippines battling Typhoons during the Climate conference for a second straight year, it seems as though some people are beginning to listen to the plight of island nations such as the Philippines.
According to Mary Ann Lucile Sering, secretary of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, “Every year since 2008, typhoons have become the backdrop of the climate change conference. That worsening weather means that a way of dealing with growing losses and damage must be part of a climate deal expected to be reached in 2015 in Paris.”
It isn’t only stronger storms that threaten the survival of Philipine citizens, but stronger storms combined with the fact that the country is becoming increasingly populated. As larger storms hit areas that are growing in population density, evacuation measures will surely be made much more difficult to pursue.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Philippines and whether or not the world will come together to take a stand against pollution and any other human contributions to global warming. Though the harmful effects of global warming may not be an immediate threat to our and our children’s survival, they are a serious matter for millions upon millions of people. If we do not stand together against global warming now, it may soon be too late.