The Pacific Delegates visit the Health Center of Brgy. Dampalit, Malabon City, Manila, on October 24, 2018. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni.
The Pacific Delegates visit the Health Center of Brgy. Dampalit, Malabon City, Manila, on October 24, 2018. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni.

Resources Resulting from Carnegie Council Climate Change Research Delegation to the Philippines, October 2018

Dec 17, 2018

In October 2018, Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program led a fact-finding trip to Manila to investigate the effects of climate change on the Philippines. How is the encroaching threat of climate change reshaping culture, politics, and even faith? How can the claim of economic prosperity be reconciled with the equally valid claim of sustainability and conservation? How can the way Filipinos are coping with extreme climate change-related weather and disasters inform the rest of the world about response and resilience?

Here are articles, videos, and podcasts resulting from the site visits:

Securitizing Climate Change in the Philippines, with Mark Payumo Mark Payumo & Devin Stewart, Asia Dialogues podcast, January 10, 2010 Now based in California, Mark Payumo previously served as a Philippine Army Special Forces officer. Reflecting on his recent Carnegie Council site visit to Manila to investigate climate change and the role of the defense establishment, he concludes that securitizing climate change--i.e. having the military involved, both in adaptation and mitigation--is a decided advantage for the community.

Is the Philippines' Populist Leader Embracing the Climate Change Agenda?Milan Chen, The Diplomat, December 27, 2018 Milan Chen's article examines the prospects for Philippines President Duterte working on climate change solutions and how it may fit into his populist agenda.

Climate Disaster Response in the Philippines, with Austin McKinney and Chetan PeddadaAustin McKinney, Chetan Peddada, & Devin Stewart, Asia Dialogues podcast, December 18, 2018Austin McKinney and Chetan Pedada both have military backgrounds and technology expertise. They discuss ways in which machine-learning and military cooperation could help the Philippines cope with climate change and natural disasters and also reflect on the human impact that climate change is already having on these islands and how Filipinos are working together to respond.

Climate Change in South & Southeast Asia, with Yoko Okura Yoko Okura & Devin Stewart, Asia Dialogues podcast, December 17, 2018 Yoko Okura of Mercy Corps discusses her recent visit to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, the site of a camp for 1 million Rohingya refugees. She learned every day, that 700 tons of trees—four football fields—are being cut down for firewood and construction, bringing an increased risk of landslides and floods. She also reflects on her visit to Manila with Carnegie Council and the advantages of traveling with a group from different disciplines.

Resilience Research Trip 2018 Layla Kilolu, Vimeo, December 11, 2018 Urban planning graduate student Layla Kilolu embarks on a world tour to learn about seven different cities' approach to resilience. This includes her trip to Manila as part of the Carnegie Council delegation.

It's Time for the U.S. and Chinese Militaries to Cooperate on HADR Austin McKinney, Diplomatic Courier, December 5, 2018Relations between the U.S. and China are at their lowest point in decades. Joint Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) would provide an effective mechanism to improve military-to-military engagement between the U.S. and China. The Philippines offers an attractive partner for the U.S. and China to build and operate under a joint-HADR framework for military cooperation.

Machine-Learning, Climate Change, and Disaster Management in the Philippines Chetan Pedada, The Diplomat, November 18, 2018 Machine-learning can provide relevant information at the right moment to climate change disaster survivors in the Philippines.

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