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Must we paint them a picture? by Chuck Baclagon
A delivery truck turned upside down, after typhoon Ondoy caused heavy flooding in Barangay Sto. Nino in Marikina. Located in a valley, Marikina City was one of the hardest hit by the said typhoon. Greenpeace is calling on industrialized nations to put up an adaptation and mitigation fund for countries like the Philippines that are most vulnerable and least prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change.

A delivery truck turned upside down, after typhoon Ondoy caused heavy flooding in Barangay Sto. Nino in Marikina.

People say that pictures are worth a thousand words… how much more would it be if the pictures came in the form of videos?

As we countdown to the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Conference we believe that it is important that the voices of the many who have experience the brunt of climate change be given a human face. Especially now that it is Blog Action Day, a day that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance.

In this post are two videos from recent climate change induced extreme weather events namely last year’s Typhoon Frank and the more recent Typhoon Ondoy.

Typhoon Frank 1 year after

Last June 2008, Iloilo was struck by typhoon Frank, 1 year later those who’ve been affected by the storm surge that came with the typhoon are still picking up the pieces of their lives.

Typhoon Ondoy an omen of things to come

Typhoon Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) dumped 334 millimeters of rain in the first six hours, the highest ever recorded rainfall in the Metropolis.

What could be more important now than to engage in meaningful conversation around climate change, an issue that threatens us all. It is our hope that out of this whole day of online discussion in the blogosphere around the issue of climate change that it will stir us all into action by doing changes in the our lifestyle but also into admonishing our leaders to take the issue of global warming as a priority in their policy agendas.

Chuck Baclagon

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Nothing to do with the above article….no offense either….But I was wondering:

So the Copenhagen Treaty…you think it solves ALL our world’s problems? poverty, environment, world climate.
Well it sounds just ideal doesn’t it?….just one question,
As a Citizen of the United States of AMERICA, tell me…

Where does my Freedom and Rights to a Democracy fit in to all of this?

Oh! and that thing you know…the Constitution?? yeah,
Where does that fall into this as well?

Funny how none of these words appear ANYWHERE in the whole document eh?
just wondering…

sorry I’m not all “gung-hoe” and “on board” for this communist government you’re trying to impose on us, MY Bad!
have a great day.

Comment by Lauren Elizabeth Hodapp

Hi Lauren,

Thank you for speaking out your mind. It’s really nice of you to share your ‘American’ insights to those of us who merely marvel at the luxuries that you’re living there. To answer your question no the Copenhagen summit is not the all solution to poverty, environmental problems and climate change. But it sets a precedent into ushering in lasting solutions which can be found if countries would commit to taking action on such problems especially that of climate change.

To answer your question about freedom, rights and democracy, first and foremost I do not understand how you would like to define that but if I am right you’re going along the same lines as that statement given by Christopher Monckton about Obama and climate change where he said:

“If President Obama signs the Copenhagen climate change treaty, he “will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your prosperity away forever — and neither you nor any subsequent government you may elect would have any power whatsoever to take it back again.”

Perhaps it would be best first if we are to define what the Copenhagen treaty is in the first place for starters its goal is to secure international cooperation to curb the emission of gases that scientists blame for raising global temperatures, a development that could harm the environment.

Another is that signing a treaty doesn’t mean that its provisions become binding. Instead, it simply means that you intend to become a party to the treaty by seeking domestic approval, using whatever procedures are in effect in your country. In the United States, that means taking the treaty to the Senate for its advice and consent on ratification.

For instance, the United States signed the Kyoto Protocol on climate change — the predecessor to the agreement being negotiated in Copenhagen — but never ratified it due to opposition in the Senate. As a result, the United States was never subject to any of the protocol’s rules.

Another is that the Senate would have to approve any binding agreement with a 67-vote supermajority. This means that a treaty only becomes binding after a supermajority of democratically elected senators, plus the president, consent. So if the United States decides to give up some of its sovereignty in the matter of carbon emissions, it will only do so after a significant amount of political consent is given. As a practical matter, the high Senate threshold for ratifying a treaty, set by the Constitution, effectively requires broad support from lawmakers in both parties, something the Kyoto Protocol did not have. (Even after ratification, the treaty may not become binding until a certain number of nations have ratified it, depending how the treaty language is written; this could further delay or even derail the process.)

Freedom, democracy and rights are all part of the equation that it should be enjoyed by all not only citizens of the USA like you. From my vantage point I think the way you view freedom is somewhat unbalanced as the Philippines’ total carbon emissions is way lower than that of the US and yet we are experiencing the brunt of extreme weather events and what’s sad about it is that our economies cannot even sustain adaptation to such severe weather events.

Which is why I think as far as freedom goes the Copenhagen treaty is the best next step into tackling the impending climate crisis. As far as Greenpeace is concerned we believe that to avoid runaway climate change, the world needs to quit its addiction to coal and stop destroying forests.

Simple as that but at the same time developed countries should invest resources for developing nations to adapt to climate change, switch to renewable energy and stop deforestation.

So as a citizen of the developing world I am gung-ho about Copenhagen summit as for your branding of your present government as ‘communist’ it makes me wonder if you really know what it means as extending rights and Privileges to everyone is not communist it is proper exercise of democracy as it safeguards and takes care of the well being of all citizens in any nation as it breaches the expanse of ‘rights’ as something that is limited only to those who can afford it.

Good day🙂

Comment by Chuck Baclagon




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