Baguio Con­nec­tions 48

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

LAST week, a piece by Luchie Maranan about that in­fa­mous Skyranch and how the sky is not the limit of our pa­tience! This week, more of en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble ac­tion.

This week­end, Mary­knoll Eco­log­i­cal Sanc­tu­ary hosts Cli­mate Con­scious­ness and Ac­tion Fo­rum, which runs from 6-8 De­cem­ber. The three day gath­er­ing is called “to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment to ob­tain par­tic­i­pants' com­mit­ment to take sus­tained col­lec­tive ac­tion to ad­dress cli­mate is­sues.”

To meet said ob­jec­tive, we are all called to par­tic­i­pate in sym­posia with a ver­i­ta­ble who's who in the col­lec­tive at­tempt to in­tel­li­gently ad­dress cli­mate is­sues.

To name just Day One speak­ers: there is Re­nato Re­den­tor Con­stantino, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of In­sti­tute for Cli­mate and Sus­tain­able Cities, who kicks off the fo­rum with “Cli­mate Change and the Paris Agree­ment.” He is on be­fore Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Re­gional Di­rec­tor Mi­la­gros Ri­mando speaks of our Na­tional Cli­mate Change Ac­tion Plan.

The af­ter­noon of the first day is given to dis­cus­sions re­volv­ing around risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment on na­tional, re­gional, city, and barangay lev­els. At the podium to spear­head these dis­cus­sions are Rev. Fr. Ed­win Guar­iguez, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of Na­tional Sec­re­tar­iat for So­cial Ac­tion; Rev. Fr. Manuel Flores, Jr., who is Di­rec­tor of So­cial Ac­tion Min­istry, Dio­cese of Baguio; Engr. Yolly Mu­nar, Baguio's own City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer; and Yoshi Labi, La Trinidad's an­swer to Mu­nar.

Days Two and Three are like­wise given to a se­lec­tion of talks led by au­thor­i­ties in the fields of cli­mate change, health risks brought about by it and how to deal with them, the most im­por­tant topic of food se­cu­rity, bio­di­ver­sity, and na­ture in these days of cli­mate change.

Day Three is capped by ac­tiv­i­ties ded­i­cated to the Mary­knoll Sis­ters' cel­e­bra­tion this year of three mile­stones. It is the 25th year of its Mary­knoll Eco­log­i­cal Sanc­tu­ary, the 85th year of its Mary­knoll Con­vent School (later Mar­is­han), and the 90th year of its pres­ence in Baguio.

The af­ter­noon and the fo­rum will be closed with a litur­gi­cal mass. What bet­ter way for us all to recharge our com­mit­ment to re­spon­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tion to ben­e­fit our­selves, our fam­i­lies, our city, our coun­try, our world/s.

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