A World Bank study placed the Philippines seventh in a list of 233 nations ranked most vulnerable to the impact of extreme weather conditions that climate change may bring about by 2015. The expected impact takes into account the number of people that is foreseen to be adversely affected by rises in sea levels, agricultural loss, and each country's ability to cope with these adverse environmental changes on the basis of its population and inherent resilience.
Our reputation for being destroyers of our forest reserve – with much of us apathetic and uncaring about this problem – has again placed us in a dubious Top 10 List in the world. This time we are ranked 7 in the Top 10 countries most vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. In order of decreasing rank, these countries are: China, Djibouti, India, Kenya, Somalia, Mozambique, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Ethiopia. Congratulations to us!
We believe that it is not enough for us to simply put to school 234 scholars since 2008; build one of our six Kris Libraries and gave computers and school supplies to kids in a resettlement area for the victims of the deadly Typhoon Ondoy of 2009 in Rodriguez, Rizal; raised almost P100, 000 for relief goods, shirts, medicines and school supplies for last year’s victims of Typhoon Sending in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan (in cooperation with the Kapatirang Claretiano Inc. or KCI) ; and gave medical mission to the poor.
Thus, we are taking on the challenge of preventing the increasing forest lost, which partly contributes to the “Waterworld” situation that the country – and the world – is facing nowadays.
A feature on environment at the Philippine Inquirer paints a grim picture of our country’s lost of forest reserve.
“The Philippines is among the countries that are losing their forest cover fast, ranking 4th in the world’s top 10 most threatened forest hotspots. If the deforestation rate of 157,400 hectares per year continues, the country’s remaining forest cover will be wiped out in less than 40 years. The area lost to deforestation every year is twice the land area of Metro Manila,” an officials of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment and convenor of Task Force Justice for Environmental Defenders was quoted as saying.
To take this bigger challenge, we are turning Kris Library into a full pledge foundation for us to have the organizational stability and support to take the increasing challenge to help this country in a holistic approach.
Please help us in this cause by contributing what you can in raising the P1 million seed money necessary to convert Kris Library from a non-government organization into a foundation. Please go to http://www.gofundme.com/wgnss to make your contributions. Please also share, post on your walls or pass this message on to your friends who can help.
Thank you and watch out for the floods and tidal waves out there!