Based on the latest assessment from the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), the Philippines, of all the countries in the world, is most at risk from climate change hazards, and we should take it seriously.

During a forum organized by Impact Hub Manila and Advantage Austria, Dr. Sancho Mabborang, DoST undersecretary for regional operations bared that climate change impacts the Philippines with massive repercussions, as clearly seen with stronger typhoons lashing the country and causing destructive effects to lives and property.

This calls for collective and immediate actions, not just from Filipinos, but from other countries as well, knowing that climate change is a global problem that requires international cooperation and support. Left alone, our country cannot handle the problem effectively. There should be worldwide commitment and resolve in addressing such a massive menace.

Fortunately, antidotes have been identified as to how the effects of climate change may be mitigated. Rainforests, for one, play a key role in curbing the said negative effects since they produce oxygen, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, absorb rainwater that causes floods and landslides, and help recycle and clean water, among others.

Since the global food system is also heavily affected by climate change, more ways should be explored so that aquaculture and agriculture will not be over-exploited and depleted. Greener technologies must be pursued, and governments should partner with pro-environment groups for a sustainable drive against climate change, both locally and globally.