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Climate Change is Today – Manila Bulletin



Former Speaker of the House Jose C. De Venecia Jr.

(Remarks during the special workshop of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) on climate change on the theme: “The role of political parties in Asia to achieve net zero” on December 8, 2021)

His Excellency former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; ICAPP Vice-President and Special Rapporteur, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed; ICAPP Secretary General Cho Byung-jae; distinguished colleagues of the ICAPP Standing Committee;

Excellencies, dear friends:

Over the past few years and months we have all seen enough disasters and calamities caused by injured nature to accept that global warming is not just the ‘maybe’ problem of a ‘one-to-one’ future. given moment ”, but a real and present danger for humanity in our time.

We know climate change is real; and we know that climate change is not the problem tomorrow or after. Climate change is today.

Not the work of providence but carefree people

We have realized that the warming of the earth and the rising seas are the work not of providence but of ourselves, in all our recklessness.

And yet, man had not been allowed to inflict whatever he wanted on the rest of creation.

All on the same planet

Dear friends: Rich country, poor country, intermediate country, we all live on the same planet.

Droughts, heat waves and rising temperatures – downpours, floods and floods – typhoons, tornadoes, snowstorms and sea waves – all have become the new normal.

Our planet Earth is on the brink of a climate crisis and the entire ecosystem is already facing serious adverse effects from rising temperatures.

Match the efforts with the gravity of the danger facing humanity

We, as political parties, therefore see our common task as that of combating climate change – and of generating preventive action against global warming.

The battle against climate change is certainly gathering momentum around the world. But it is not developing fast enough to get people to demand immediate and decisive action from those in charge.

We must face the threat of climate change and global warming with a greater and more sustained sense of urgency than they have ever done so far, as the stakes are higher than in any current political or economic crisis.

We must match our efforts to the dimensions and gravity of the danger facing humanity.

Climate change: a clear and present danger

Dear Friends, We agree that climate change is the clear and present danger that threatens our planet Earth.

We agree that we have no more time to waste; and we agree that each of us has a job to do in the common effort we must make to preserve our planet and protect humanity.

Protecting the environment as a moral obligation

So we see for our International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) a legitimate – and important – role in persuading Asian governments and parliaments to govern green – to ensure that environmental interests are represented in policy decisions. public policy in every Asian state.

Our role as political parties is essential because we serve as vehicles for the participation and aspirations of the population. We are the government and the parliament. We are the bridge between politics and people.

Our job is to deliberate and adopt public policies that mitigate, deter and halt climate change in every Asian state.

Our aim is to establish measures against environmental degradation as norms in the political cultures of our member countries.

Indeed, to mitigate climate change, political parties, parliaments and civil societies need to arouse some degree of moral anger, and perhaps even launch the effort with the moral equivalent of war.

For the protection of the environment, we must make a serious and long-term commitment.

And that commitment that only inspiring political leadership can spark in ordinary people.


Dear friends, we stress the importance of acting quickly for the full implementation of the Paris Agreement to ensure a global net zero by the middle of the century and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1 , 5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.

This forum gives us the opportunity to sit down and reason together on this common aspiration.

Thank you and good day.