PH among top 5 countries fighting climate change to save surfing
Aileen Cerrudo • August 8, 2019 • 432
The Philippines is among the top five surfing countries that are fighting climate change, according to Kalon Surf.
Based on the global research they conducted, the country produced 1.24 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita in 2016. The country also generated 182.5 kilograms of municipal solid waste per capita in 2016.
“In 2018, the Philippines pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The country, with a population of 104 million residents, intends to reduce carbon emissions from its energy, transport, waste, forestry, and industry sectors. As a surfing hotspot, these changes can help preserve the Philippines’ beaches and reduce pollution,” according to their report.
The top countries include Costa Rica, Morocco, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile the bottom surfing countries are United States, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, and Ireland.
Kalon Surf calls on everyone including surfers to help save the ocean from climate change.
“If we come together and support countries, communities, and policies that are fighting for renewable resources and healthier oceans, we can ride the waves climate change gives us,” their statement reads.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang does not deny being concerned about recent reports that the Philippines is currently the world’s top rice importer.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, such report may be true but the government is making sure that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is on top of the situation.
“Ginagawa naman ni Secretary Dar ang kaniyang mga pamamaraan (Secretary Dar is finding ways) to solve whatever problems confronting the farmers,” Panelo said.
The report published by the United States’ Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Services (USDA-FAS) projected the Philippines rice importation to reach a record high by year-end – about 3 million metric tons – the highest in the world and the country’s highest ever recorded.
This projection is way higher than China, the biggest rice importer so far at 2.5 million metric tons by year-end.
Malacañang, meanwhile, blames the country’s lack of irrigation as the main reason for the increase in rice importation. – MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)
Before trying to take down Spiderman as the Green Goblin, Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe was at the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor recalled how he marched with thousands of Filipino people who wanted then President Ferdinand Marcos to step down from his office.
Dafoe flew to Manila to work on the film Platoon, for which he was nominated best supporting actor.
“I arrived in the Philippines and my plane was the last plane in because there was a revolution. ‘Sit tight, the movie’s canceled, we’ll get you out when we can.’ So for about three or four days, me and a couple of other people that were there ahead of time were out on the streets with the people.
After the revolution, the movie resumed production and Dafoe, along with the other casts and film crew, returned to the country to shoot the movie.
“It was an incredible feeling because it was a revolution that happened for the most part without violence,” he said.—AAC
A video of a couple getting engaged at a KFC branch in South Africa has gone viral on social media. One journalist mocked them on Twitter, calling the guy “broke” for proposing in a fast food restaurant.
However, the internet will not have any of that negativity.
When the fast food restaurant stumbled upon the post, they immediately took action and offered to sponsor their wedding.
Netizens helped track down the couple. Eventually other big brands such as Coke and SA Audi among others joined the buzz offering free services for the couple’s wedding. Even the bands that will be performing on their special day are by famous artists.
Kateka Malobola, who filmed and posted the original clip expressed his delight in a follow up video at how things turned out for the couple.
#KFCProposal became one of the top trending topics on Twitter and everyone is sending good vibes and best wishes to the couple.—AAC
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