Disaster Reduction and Climate change -a Humanist approach

Posted by Claris Quezon | Posted on February 1, 2019

Preamble to make the listeners at ease in humanism as a context on disaster reduction and climate change.

As most of you have gone through Grade 11 and Disaster Risk Reduction core subjects have been incorporated already in your curriculum, what I will do is give you a review but will focus on humanism as part of the lecture. In the last 20 years, UN and other countries have made concerted effort to educate and implement laws to prevent and mitigate disasters. But the definition of disaster did not vary, simply put, disaster  is a hazard that can be natural or manmade multiplied by the vulnerabilities around a certain area or location.

Have you noticed that the recent disasters  are all natural  but are greatly influenced by human activity. Climate change has  accelerated and it is a direct result of human irresponsibility by emitting green gasses, flattening mountains, fish cages, commercial tourism, illegal mining and logging and the downright disrespect on mother earth . Try watching MOANA it somewhat resonates the change that should be done.

The errors of the past cannot be undone, but you as s the next builders of this nation, can help prevent if not eradicate these issues on disaster and climate change .

Our country is geographically located in the rings of fire, we have 300 volcanoes of which 22 are active and typhoon belt  with an average of 20 destructive tropical cyclones, hence hazards of natural occurrence is inevitable. But we, as stakeholders should take part to prevent man-made disaster from happening. Simple gestures can affect and effectively impact changes on how to help mitigate disaster,  examples are  garbage disposal, vertical gardening, coastal clean up, voting for a new set  of sensible candidate, maybe a push for Atty  ARELLANO AND KATIPUNAN NG KAMALAYANG KAYUMANGGI, interject HAPI creed or send an invite to http://www.hapihumanist.org volunteers.

Our government signed and took part on the SENDAI FRAMEWORK,  hence the birth of RA10121 (Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act) and RA9729 (Climate Change Act) which discusses the systematic framework that shall address the threat to the community life and its impact on the environment.

Notice again how the movement of an individual gets to be part of a community life.  Human actions  can either decrease or increase the vulnerabilities in our community.

Being human , in the context of DRR & Climate change is simple. It is an act of positive change towards humanity..

The role of the government is to create initiatives for us to follow and be immersed in or support with, like the monitoring the waste water from industries by the Environmental Management Bureau, closure and rehabilitation of open dumpsites of cities and municipalities to mitigate the emission of methane gas or creation of environmentally sustainable cities.

Our role then is simple; we must act and do to help make those initiatives a reality. You  can play a positive initiating role in DRR and CC interventions by initiating within your group to educate other underprivileged communities, educating them is far better than doling out what you think is necessary. By educating them you are actually helping create a sustainable community.

You can choose your own initiative and make it an advocacy. Choose something that is within your reach and do not undermine your capabilities. You  are millennials. You have other platform that was not available to us, well I am Jurassic in the sense that I have appreciated the power of FB just recently, yeah, I know I was under a rock for quite sometime, I simply do not understand the cyberthing, until someone from my AETA student said “kung meron lang po kaming internet ilalagay namin sa facebook yung problema sa daan”, that was a few months ago, Aeta’s of Sitio Haduan was having a hard time getting the right of way from BBI but from a plea that I shared in my fb whatchamacall that I shared with 3 fanpages that I quite believe in, did the trick. Ten long years, now from gate 14 we have the pave access road, refurbished hanging bridge, they now have a water pump. The credit goes to that one  person who decided to make a positive impact on the lives of the people in the mountain. He refused to be named,  but he did what was necessary. All I did was listen to Kevin, my student posted it in facebook and the rest was up to those 3 fanpages.

See,  never underestimate the power of “One”. You  can do simple initiative that can have a long lasting effect on humanity..

As a human being we can play a big role in global warming, find an advocacy you believe and sustain and follow the common human principle.

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About The Author

Claris Quezon

Work Experiences

To Date : Part- Time Interest Based Class Moderator  (Interest based that follows and enforces the 7 Scout Method since June 2016)

Teacher- Moderator for Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction Grade 11 Classes Angeles City, Pampanga since 2017

Hobbies/Interests:

Organizing Service Oriented Trips or Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneurship with Indigenous People

Advocacy Based Organization Active Membership

LAWIN – Legal Advocate for Worker’s INterests

Red Cross Volunteer Program

Girl Scout of the Philippines-Bulacan Council

Paralegal Training Program Alumni Association Inc.,PTPAAI- Elected Batch 6 Representative (PTP6 Batch Secretary

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