OPINION: “Politicians can influence the climate”

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The role of our government leaders goes beyond just leading the country and its people. They have the power to influence the people’s quality of life and how the societies will function as a whole.

In his column for Inquirer.Net, OMLC’s Executive Director, Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, stressed the role that government leaders play in how their respective countries address and adapt to climate change impacts.

“Reducing greenhouse gasses demand political will and concerted action,” he said.

In the context of the Philippines, Dr. Lasco said that following the elections, the new administration will “largely determine how far the country will advance (or regress) in capacitating our people against the new climate normal.”

He also mentioned how Philippine government leaders have a lot of work cut out for them as the country is highly-vulnerable to disasters coupled with limited resources.

Dr. Lasco ended his column by saying, “Hopefully, our new leaders will back up their promises with action. The last thing we need in this time of global warming is more “hot air.”

To read Dr. Lasco’s column, click here: https://opinion.inquirer.net/153312/politicians-can-influence-the-climate