Recognizing the important role of radio on creating awareness on social issues particularly on climate change, ERDB graced the invitation of DZXL 558 Radio Station’s “Ang Tinig Klima” program. Dr. Simplicia A. Pasicolan, Chief of ERDB’s Urban Ecosystem Research Division (UERD) served as one of the resource persons during the episode on “Urban Ecosystems and Climate Change” aired on August 21, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. The other resource person was Dean Hussein Lidasan of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman’s School of Urban and Regional Planning.
Ang Tinig Klima” is a radio program that raises awareness on sustainable lifestyles to address the ill-effects of climate change. It is aired every Friday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.and livestreamed on Facebook. Director Elenita Basug of the DENR’s Climate Change Service together with Ms. Jenny Pahilanga of DZXL are hosts of the radio program.
According to Dr. Pasicolan, an urban ecosystem is the interaction between natural and man-made environment. She further explained that in the Philippines, around 51% of the population live in the urban areas. Further, Dean Lidasan explained that with urbanization, greenhouse gas emission becomes a problem which leads to the rise of atmospheric temperature.
Dr. Pasicolan mentioned the implementation of different projects dealing with climate change adaptation among ERDB’s initiatives. She also mentioned other strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change such as expansion of green parks, establishment of vertical gardens, connection of sewerage system to waste water treatment facility, and rain water harvesting.
Dean Lidasan mentioned that for urban planning, it is important to have an environmentally sustainable development framework to address the impacts of climate change. This includes green logistics (mass transport system and telecommuting), diverse logistics (less carbon technologies), information and communications technology (smart city technologies), forest land use planning, and green architecture and infrastructure.
Lastly, Dr. Pasicolan said, “If we will be held accountable for all our actions on the environment, whether they will mitigate climate change or not, then we should change our behavior and our lifestyles.”
As a final note, Dean Lidasan encouraged listeners to strengthen critical infrastructures, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), connectivity, and supply chain management especially during this time of pandemic. Marla V. Cambay, TTD