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DENR said it has to refocus and improve its efforts to combat climate change.

The Covid-19 outbreak should act as a wake-up call for climate change mitigation efforts to “refocus and reconsider.”

According to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, the recent 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, it is also important to raise awareness about climate change and gain commitments to address it.

“This pandemic allows people to focus on and consider their future life. As a result, now is the greatest moment to teach children about how their spending habits contribute to climate change “Cimatu stated this in a press statement issued on Sunday.

Climate change, or the long-term alteration of temperature and regular weather patterns that results in warmer, wetter, or drier circumstances, is generally blamed on human activities such as burning fossil fuels, natural gas, oil, and coal.

The pandemic, according to Finance, Information Systems, and Climate Change Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, is the time to limit climate change while the world grapples with the problems of rapidly addressing the ongoing health crisis.

“The conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth report demand collective action at all levels — individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, and governments,” Teh said in her opening remarks during the recent public webinar “Code Red: The State of Climate and Humanity.”

Climate change, according to the research, would “bring several diverse effects in different places, all of which will intensify with additional warming.”

“This means we need to go beyond current action plans and act quickly, or the 1.5 degree Celsius objective by the end of the century will be unattainable,” she added.

The webinar drew at least 160 people, including representatives from a variety of environmental and climate change youth groups and organizations, as well as academic science clubs.

The “IPCC Sixth Assessment Report: The Physical Science Basis,” delivered by John Leo Algo, member of the interim secretariat and deputy executive director for programs and campaigns of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, was the webinar’s highlight.

DENR representatives from diverse sectors discussed the effects of climate change on biodiversity, forestry, air, water, waste, and water resources, as well as the environment and natural resources.

Representatives from civil society reiterated their calls for climate action to be scaled up.

The webinar’s goal was to broaden participants’ perspectives by highlighting appropriate entrance points, opportunities, and prospects for how the youth sector may actively participate in and make a substantial contribution to the fight against climate change.

It also wanted to expel and identify practical recommendations for the youth sector to aid in the strengthening of national policies and initiatives aimed at ensuring climate-resilient and sustainable development.

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