Climate Change: Act Now, Together
2019 was the second warmest year on record and the end of the warmest decade (2010- 2019) ever recorded.
Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.
Although greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop about 6 per cent in 2020 due to travel bans and economic slowdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this improvement is only temporary. Climate change is not on pause. Once the global economy begins to recover from the pandemic, emissions are expected to return to higher levels. (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change/)
August 13, 2020 –– The threat of climate change presents a grim global scenario for society in 2050. The Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, increased frequency of extreme weather events, rising temperatures and extreme rainfall.
This Learning Session’s panelists are Ms. Elenida Basug, Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Climate Change Service, Quintin Pastrana, President of WeEnergy Power Pilipinas Inc., Josef Werker, Co-founder of Humble Sustainability, and Dr. Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab.
At the session, the panelists emphasized the need for communities to be working together, from our own households to small communities in remote areas. Josef Werker mentioned the difference between several individuals trying to make a difference in small ways but doing it together, compared to a single person drastically changing his lifestyle.
Urgent action is required to save lives and livelihoods by addressing both the pandemic and the climate emergency. To help combat this threat, this year’s Impact Hackathon takes on Climate Change as one of its verticals. During Impact Hackathon Online, innovators across the Philippines will create digital solutions through a 1 week reverse hackathon targeted towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Join us in this challenge. Innovators can learn more about these climate change learning sessions via YouTube. Know more about Impact Hackathon by visiting https://www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon or our Facebook page.
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