CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar (PIA) – Changes in our rainfall patterns will cause flooding in some regions and droughts in others.

The droughts have also been the cause of increased wildfires, burning down homes and crops among other things; these are just the effect of climate change according to Grace Gravoso of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CENRO Catbalogan City.

Although experts argue extreme weather such as Haiyan or known as Super Typhoon Yolanda may not ultimately become more common, there is significant expectation that when it occurs it will be more intense.

Gravoso said that there is a changing rain and snow patterns, changes in animal migration and life cycles, stronger storms, higher temperature and more heat waves, thawing permafrost, damaged corals, rising sea level, warmer oceans and changes in plant life cycles due to climate change. She said this during her radio guesting at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) radio program on Thursday.

She believes that everyone is accountable for the phenomenon of climate change and that the public needs to understand and realize that climate change is everybody’s business.

Gravoso added that the people must take the effects of climate change seriously and do something to help or at least reduce these impacts.

She also stressed that the most affected are those living in coastal communities and the lower urban communities that lack awareness on proper disaster preparedness.

As it is, climate change impacts have not only intensified from an imbalanced natural eco-system, but every onslaught has become unpredictable.

Gravoso said that one of the causes of climate change is the greenhouse gases, and one of the major contributors to the increase of greenhouse gases is deforestation.

Other human activities producing greenhouse gases are polluted oceans, not recycling, landfills, wastelands and urbanization.

In line with this, Gravoso advised the public to lessen the use of gadgets with radiation and vehicles that can cause greenhouse effect.

She also asked parents and teachers to teach children on how to recycle and segregate waste as this could be a big help in reducing the effects of climate change.

The Philippines is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. With impacts ranging from extreme weather events and periodic inundation to droughts and food scarcity, climate change has been a constant reality that many Filipinos have to face, the expert said. (AJC/Avha H. Ebalde/PIA 8- Samar)