Confronting climate change
The Philippine Star|September 24, 2021
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, President Duterte expressed the sentiment of many nations that are struggling to procure COVID vaccines even for first doses while “selfish” wealthy states prepare to administer third-dose boosters to their people.

The President also made a valid point in calling for greater action from wealthy states to combat climate change. In this issue, however, it would be even better if the President looks in his own backyard first.

Scientists have said the Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Coastal communities, many of which are dependent on fishing, are threatened by rising ocean temperatures and sea levels. In recent years, the country has been battered by unusually powerful tropical cyclones and deadly storm surges.

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