Press Release
January 19, 2010


As the world faces the greatest challenge for mankind with the onset of climate change and the increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, Senator Loren Legarda calls for more green jobs to mitigate the effects of global warming.

"It is an issue for the local and national government as it is a reality confronting our communities and families in our daily lives. It is both our debt and duty to the earth and to our children's children to tackle climate change solve it not tomorrow, but today," said Legarda who chairs the Senate Committee on Climate Change.

She added, "it is time to promote economic growth and prop up for an environmental sustainable job opportunity for Filipinos."

There are over a hundred career paths an individual can take in green jobs. In UK they have jobs posted in several websites encouraging people to take, for example; management in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, air pollution monitoring, asbestos elimination, biomass, business professionals, carbon and climate, chemicals, clean transport, conservation, strategic ecology, education and research, energy professionals, engineering, environmental IT and Technology.

Recently in the Philippines the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) signed a "green" pact with the Federation of Free Workers, and the Philippine Green Building Council. The deal is to promote awareness of green workplaces and to complement the government's aim to expedite programs which includes investments in new industries such as renewable energy and innovative technologies.

"What we often fail to see is the human face of climate change. It translates to agricultural loss, food scarcity and the loss of livelihood for millions of people. It can instantly take lives. We must grasp the strength to fight and prevent this fatality by acting together and acting with urgency. The public and its government should be one in this fight of our lifetime," said Legarda.

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