House panel calls for unity in addressing climate change crises

Published December 3, 2021, 8:33 PM

by Melvin Sarangay

The House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change, headed by its chairman Bohol Rep. Edgar Chatto, called on the government and concerned groups to work together to address the effects of climate change in the country.

During a committee hearing on Friday, Dec. 3 , the panel reviewed the outcome of the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Glasgow, United Kingdom last October 31 to November 12.

The House committee and Climate Change Commission along with other government agencies and concerned groups were one in the need to address the effects of climate change and to mitigate the climate crises the country and other nations of the world are facing.

Resource speakers from civil societies and other organizations concerned with climate change also called for climate justice, mitigation and adaptation during the hearing.

During their respective privilege speeches last Nov. 8, Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda urged her fellow legislators to closely monitor the ongoing 26th Session of the COP26 of the UNFCCC in Glasgow while Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Eufemia Cullamat called for a global climate strike to protest against the climate crisis during the ongoing COP26.

Chatto in his privilege speech talked about the history of COP26 which aims to accelerate action towards the goal of the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC to limit global warming while Kabataan partylist Rep. Sarah Jane Elago called for urgent climate action and the need for deeper and far-reaching cooperation of national elected representatives around the globe for a fossil fuel free future.

Legarda also expressed her disappointment at the outcome of COP26 citing the failure of world leaders to address the global climate crisis and the failure of developed countries to give support in jointly preparing 100 billion US dollars of climate finance annually from 2020 until 2025.