Pangan: A pitch for renewable energy
Globally, nations are committed to reducing or avoiding gas emissions harmful to the environment.
This effort is bolstered by the presence of many laws seeking to promote the use of renewable energy sources.
Needless to say, countries are moving away from fossil fuels such as coal and oil and even natural gas in line with the 2050 goal of having greenhouse gas emissions reduced to net zero and thereby limit global warming.
The traditional sources of renewable energy are hydro, geothermal, solar photovoltaic, wind and biomass.
The Philippines has so far passed legislations aimed to conform with the provisions of the Paris Agreement, viz: Electric Power Industry Act of 2001, the Biofuels Act of 2006, the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, the Climate Change Act of 2009 and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.
It cannot be said, therefore, that the country lacks the preparation to embrace the good effects of renewable energy. The problem lies in the immediate implementation of the plans to finally use renewable energy.
In its desire to help contain the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant, the Clark Development Corporation has forbidden the use of recreational parks and spaces.
It also has a strict observance of health protocols and is in constant communication with national agencies such as the Department of Health and the IATF.
In an article published August 27, 2021, it was stated that while several countries are already pivoting away from fossil fuel use, countries in Southeast Asia including the Philippines, remain on the path of coal expansion.
While burning coal is often observed as a cheap source of energy, its impact on public health and the environment is serious.
Coal-fired power plants are among the major contributors to carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. These emissions are the main driver of climate change the impacts of which are already felt in extreme weather events and rising sea levels.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report warns that global temperatures may reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030 or even earlier.
The unprecedented heatwaves and world fires, heavy rains and floods dying seas, drought, melting polar ice and collapsing ecosystems happening globally are a reminder of how far into the danger zone we are in.
The earth is heating up fast and if the nations worldwide cannot come up with a viable solution to this problem, I don't know how we can cope up with the very excessive heat!