Dry season has just officially started as declared by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
For some, it may mean the start of vacation from school, or the best time to hit the beach.
However, amidst the excitement for the “summer” activities, PAGASA encourages the public to increase their awareness on the different effects of climate change and to help contribute in minimizing its effects.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), “Climate Change is disrupting the natural pattern of the seasons, and it is increasing the frequency and intensity of certain extreme weather events”.
Heatwaves are felt in many regions of the world, with temperature record of 46.2°C, drought contributed to extreme wildfires, and worst-ever flooding are experienced because of heavy rainfall events.
Unfortunately, some parts of the Philippines have been suffering from drought and dry spell brought by the existing El Niño, with damages in crops due to lack of water supply and low level of dams.
To further promote the issues on climate change, PAGASA, as one of the members of WMO, is simultaneously commemorating the World Meteorological Day (WMD) with the theme “Hotter. Drier. Wetter. Face the Future” with all the members of the WMO throughout the world.
As part of the WMD celebration, PAGASA will be conducting a Scientific Forum with focus on El Niño and on how weather patterns are affecting the day-to-day lives of the people.
Held annually, the WMD commemorates the coming into force on March 23, 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization, and in PAGASA, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation Number 549 declaring March 23 every year as the National Meteorological Day.
To help mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change, PAGASA advises the general public to revisit the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing. Water conservation and energy saving management are also a must especially during the dry season.
Different efforts are being done by the government, as well as in other countries, to address the effects of climate change. The future now depends on the contribution of every individual to support actions for climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation.