Climate Change Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz Sr. speaks to members of the academe during the Climate Change Summit held at the Bataan Peninsula State University. (Photo supplied)
BALANGA, Bataan — “We have a climate problem but we also have the solution amidst the problem.”
So said Climate Change Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz Sr. in his speech during the Climate Change Summit at the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) attended by the university’s president Dr. Ruby Santos-Matibag, vice president Dr. Thelma Manansala, school administrators, campus and department heads and faculty recently.
Commissioner Dela Cruz cited that although our environment does not really need us, we need the environment to sustain our existence “so it is incumbent upon us to promote sustainable and ecological development based on research, empirical data, and collective action.”
He likewise underscored the urgent need for a paradigm shift in environmental protection and climate action because the challenges in food and water security and population control are all anthropogenic or caused by human activities.
“Despite this, we realize that human persons, too, can be the solution to the problem,” he enthused even as he noted that “we did not inherit our planet but rather borrowed it from our children.”
“What we do now will determine the future of our children. So I call on the academe and the education sector to join hands with us and unite in climate action for the common good and for the whole world,” he concluded.