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Message from Secretary Emmanuel G. de Guzman, Vice Chair and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission

Mainstreaming Climate Resilience in the Academic Community

By Secretary Emmanuel G. de Guzman
Vice Chair and Executive Director
Climate Change Commission

The Paris Climate Agreement underscores the unprecedented crisis that the world confronts. How individual citizens and nations respond to this crisis will determine not only our ability to sustain societies but the common destiny of humankind.

It is therefore imperative that our institutions of learning reorient academic programs to be relevant to the challenges of climate change. Higher education has an obligation to lead in creating the broadest possible understanding of the environmental perils that we face in the 21st Century and what we must do to sustain our planet’s ecosystems and diversity of life for future generations.

RESILIENCE is a special project by the University of the Philippines, the Climate Change Commission and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services.

Essentially, this project recognizes the need to improve climate literacy and broaden public understanding of climate science and disaster risk reduction (DRR). There is, in fact, an urgent need for research on effective methods of DRR and climate change education and communication in our country.

Through this portal, we also hope to create an important collaboration among institutions of learning and NGOs to work together to encourage, help and support each other in the goals of mitigating emissions and disaster risks.

We are confident that greater knowledge, information and service-learning activities for students will ultimately assist local communities, NGOs and the business sector toward these goals.