March 14 to 16, 2016, Sofitel Hotel, Manila, PH ~ Climate Reality leaders and trainees from all over the world trooped to the tropical island of Manila, Philippines to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps personally conducted by former US Vice President and Nobel Prize Laureate Al Gore.
I was one of those lucky ones who was chosen to be at the training on that traffic-laden otherwise fine Monday morning. I came at exactly 9AM to find that the pleasant queue for registration was also as long as the traffic outside. I found out that that there were 720 of us from all over the world. I got so excited. I saw some familiar faces but the happiest of all was finding that there were a number MISSION members attending too!
The map of the world was displayed and everybody has to put a green round sticker from what country one had came from. Philippines was covered to the brim at once, occupying the North, East, West and South borders of its lands and seas but alas, no dispute had arisen because today is the day where the Philippines should really be well represented. I just passed marking my spot, so as not to waste one more green sticker.
I personally thought that VP Al Gore will only stay to do the Welcome Remarks and that’s it. To my utter amazement, VP Al Gore not only stayed up until the very end to do the Closing Remarks but stayed most of the time on stage to personally conduct and facilitate the training himself! His passion for this cause was really outstanding and no matter how many times he would present the whole lecture (for 3 days), you will continually have goosebumps believing and convinced that he so deserved that Nobel Prize because you have understood every single word that he wants you to teach and learn about Climate Change.
Now what is the Climate Reality Leadership Corps? You may ask. This is from their site.
“We bring a global challenge down to street level”
“ We hear it on the news and see it in the headlines: climate change is transforming our seasons and our planet. But in between all the media chatter, it can be hard to know what climate change actually means for our daily lives – or what we can do to solve it. That’s where the Climate Reality Leadership Corps comes in. Climate Reality Leaders are messengers and activists personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore to share the truth about what climate change is doing to our world and how we can stop it by shifting to clean, renewable energy. Climate Reality Leaders break down the complex terms of science and policy into the language of everyday life so people everywhere can understand how climate change directly affects them and join the millions worldwide working for solutions. Climate Reality Leaders regularly hold public forums on climate change and solutions all around the world.”
And so in that happy three (3) days that we spent in Manila, we became one of the Climate Reality Leaders that is tasked to give presentations to as many audience as possible to let the people know that climate change is real.
As we now all know, climate change is human-induced. Considered to be the most “intelligent” of all living species in the planet, we human beings ~ tend to gravitate to the more convenient, easy and the most destructive way to live our lives. In the era where dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the Earth’s temperature rise to the temperature where we are heading AGAIN. Millions of years ago, many of the species have adapted to the changes that Earth had undergone. And true to being a nurturer, Mother Earth, adapted to it too. She made sure to clean all that CO2 in the atmosphere and buried it to be fossilized. Funny, how mankind unearthed it again, use and abuse it ~ because it is the cheapest and most environmentally destructive fuel of all time. Now, our actions bring about a break-neck speed of destruction (again) that no other species have no time to adapt to the changing conditions of our planet!
Unlike fine wine, climate change does not get better with age! It is a huge problem we don’t need to have and it is cheaper not to. The best way to survive the catastrophe of a hotter planet is to prevent it from happening in the first place, failing that, we may be confronting far more difficult choices.
Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda was our lesson. But Yolanda was a lesson that is going to be repeated again, if and when we do not heed all these calls to stop using coal to bare minimum. Okay, fine, we are still in need of sufficient energy to support our developing nation but we need to at least sit down and consider long tern plans to use cleaner energy. There are still towns in our country that has not seen the light of electricity, then we start them with renewables! We, at least, start somewhere.
Developing countries has to cut down their emissions, in order for the developing countries to have room for growth. Philippines does not even dent the carbon-emission we are contributing to the world, but do we really need to? It is not doom and gloom YET, we can awaken from the nightmare. Average temp in 2007 is 0.8 degrees Celsius BUT we do not have much time.
But the longer we wait to do something about global warming, the harder it will be to solve it.
Renewables. Fuel is free, maintenance is not free and not cheap either. It will take around 2M wind turbine to replace all the coal power plant in the whole world. This is still the early days of climate change. But the longer we wait to do something about global warming, the harder it will be to solve it. This will require a global cooperation. So no amount is small or big, when it comes to solving climate change.
Solutions start with efficiency. Reducing the use of energy that produces CO2 emissions is a must. Energy efficiency is the biggest, cheapest, fastest way to solve the climate problem to save money, and make a safer, richer, fairer, cooler world. To keep warming from below the 2degree threshold, we need to cut 7B tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Doubling the fuel efficiency of all cars from 15 miles per gallon to 30 would save 1B tons. But we would still be cutting billions more from our carbon footprints to stay on the safe side of the +2 degrees.
Blah blah blah blah ~ So yes, I can enumerate more ways and list down all the plethora of things and statistics I have learned. But my journey in taking the training took me on the different level of understanding the climate change. It took me to understand who I AM and what I Am in all these changes that Mother Earth is undergoing (again).
During the training, I cried when I heard this from VP Al Gore :
“The more deeply I search for the roots of the global environmental crisis, the more I am convinced that it is an outer manifestation of an inner crisis that is, for lack of a better word, spiritual”
I knew why I was there. I understood. I knew why he was a Nobel Prize laureate and my heart saw deep through his own soul that I basked in that moment when I heard those spoken words.
It is a common thing for people to begin to lean in the direction of recovery, only to stop and take score too soon. And when we still find unwanted symptoms or conditions, we then offer resistant thoughts and lose the improved ground we have gained. I was reminded of that too and I wanted so much to be reminded constantly from now on that : With consistent releasing of resistance, all unwanted conditions will subside, returning all of us to our natural state of Well-Being.
I have always believed that my outer conditions reflect my inner conditions, and I REFUSE to accept that a polluted and dying Earth is mine to see ~ so yes, I am here to start within!
Mother Earth is ready to evolve, are we?