Realities and Technicalities

Someone told me that mitigating and adapting to climate change is like getting coffee. You really need to get your coffee but someone offers you a cappuccino and that cappuccino is the carbon markets. Now that climate change is the “IN” thing and Manila Bay is experiencing storm surges (and people think it is due to structural deficiencies in the sea wall) and weird storm and typhoon frequency, most people should believe that climate change is a real thing. However, there are still people who think that carbon credits occurs mutually exclusive from climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

McDonalds in Bangkok Floodwaters

In memory of my old blog, Fast Food Greenwash (can’t stop myself from experiencing grief  from the loss of access to that blog), above is the photo of Bangkok deep in inexplicable flood waters.  Similarly, I could still hear a number of people who says that the Bangkok flood is not related to the climate change phenomenon, when smack in our faces, it is.

Nothing else to do but adapt, and of course whine about the damage being done since the Seven (7) Billion people must go on with their carbon intensive lifestyles.  Now to retain this carbon intensive status quo,  some of the more intensive will have to buy some carbon credits.  Regardless of the realities occurring, we have to deal with technicalities such as the buying of carbon credits. Regardless of my intensive use of energy for this evening’s post, I still live in a country that is somewhat carbon neutral and that gives me the right to waste, some of it.  I’m getting my cappuccino, in an instant coffee society.

The technicality of the carbon markets could not be easily understood by the local leaders in my community, though on our part there is an urgency for us to adapt or mitigate as required by that type of market because it depends on our survival.


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One response to “Realities and Technicalities

  1. Well argued,ecomaray.Here in MM,you can see in TV how washed-out villagers complain about the government not helping amidst their plight,a and the local government doling out reliefs and crying for more budget to dredge,build canals,etc.,you rarely here them acknowledge climate change and declare long term solutions against it.It’s simply because they cannot associate that aiming for carbon reduction at the local level will drip down to avoiding these natural calamities.The barangay units has the most responsibility in the dissemination of sustainable practices at home,solid waste management,etc. because they have control over the informal communities,but they are generally unequipped and naturally uncaring, For most,climate change is a global problem and its something beyond the understanding of our community leaders,and that the environmental programs falls last in the list of social programs.I personally think that the majority of local leaders has not grasped the concept of carbon reduction,and this is where the focus should be.

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