Senator calls for college classes on climate change

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011


MANILA - University students may soon have to take a three-unit course on climate change if a bill filed by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is passed into law.

He said that teaching students about the problem of climate change and the risks it brings will prepare them to address it.

"Climate change is a man-made phenomenon and its fast advancement toward disastrous circumstances can be prevented or forestalled by men," he said.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, climate change "is a growing crisis with economic, health and safety, food production, security, and other dimensions."

"From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale," it warned on its website.

It has launched a campaign to help mitigate damage caused by climate change and to lower carbon emissions that contribute to it.

Marcos said including climate change education in college curricula would be "a monumental step towards a long but winnable battle." (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)

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