Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Former Vice President Al Gore is travelling to the Philippines, to help train local climate activists.
“Al Gore will give the presentation that has introduced millions of people to the reality of the climate crisis and sparked a global movement,” his organization, Climate Reality Project, said in a media advisory.
The organization added that “(t)his year, Gore’s presentation will highlight the Philippines, a country that is already acutely impacted by the dangerous affects of climate change.”
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez will speak during the training on how his city continues to bounce back from the effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), which destroyed 50,000 homes and claimed at least 6,000 lives in November 2013.
The event will also feature “The Road to Decarbonization,” a presentation by Sen. Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committees on climate change, environment and natural resources.
Legarda helped Gore and his group organize the Manila leg of the climate training, which was firmed up in December through a phone call between Manila and Paris, where the latter was taking part in the global climate summit.
In the desperately poor Philippines, young people frequently rent their bodies to wealthy foreigners, to support their families. I suggest the road to economic prosperity, and a better future for young Filipinos, probably does not involve receiving climate training from Al Gore.