After two weeks of heavy rain, Metro Manila woke up early morning Tuesday to find the city virtually submerged in water. Though no storm warnings were issued, unusual rainfall reminiscent of Typhoon Ketsana in 2009, left more than 800,000 of people stranded, homeless, and without power.
Developing countries like the Philippines are the most vulnerable and least prepared to face the climate crisis. Climate experts say that unless decisive solutions are immediately put on the table, the worst is yet to come. As we continue to develop and upgrade climate change adaptation mechanisms at home, Greenpeace strongly calls on industrialized countries, which account for most of the world's greenhouse gas emissions—the greatest contributor to climate change—to take responsibility. It is unfair that people in the Philippines should be the ones paying a greater price for the damage that developed countries have wrought on the environment.
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