Press Release
January 2, 2010

Loren to push green advocacy 'more passionately'

Sen. Loren Legarda will take a more active role in pushing her advocacy for climate change adaptation and more green technology with the advent of the New Year.

As her New Year's resolution, Loren said she would pursue her climate change advocacy "more passionately and bring it to the grassroots to show how it directly affects food and hunger.

Loren said she would also "try to convince business and industry to adopt green technology."

"I will do these with even more fervor because time is not on our side," Loren said.

In her New Year's message, Loren said: "With a year of difficult crises and challenges behind us now, we embark anew not only on another calendar year but also on a new decade that could be the most daunting ever to humanity."

Loren urged world leaders to "transcend territorial boundaries and unite to save the environment and protect the poor who suffer most from its destruction."

The industrialized nations, Loren said, should "lead major progress on clean energy and climate protection and to provide the most vulnerable populations the resources and means to avoid, minimize and cope with the impact of the changing climate."

At the same time, she called on national leaders to "accelerate action to improve urban governance, enhance rural livelihood and protect ecosystems to arrest the vicious cycle of disasters and poverty."

Loren, who attended the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, pointed out: "The climate challenge prevails. The climate crisis persists. We cannot afford to be complacent. We need to act now."

The senator, who is running as vice presidential candidate of the Nationalist People's Coalition under the banner of the Nacionalista Party, said 2010 should "be a time for everyone to be the voices for change, in the choices we make and in the decisions we take" and usher in "a decade of empowered leaders, ready to take up the cudgels and fight for our future."

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