Students Rallied against Climate Change

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MANILA, Philippines -- Climate Change Commissioner Heherson Alvarez called on mechanical engineering students nationwide to help in the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which is being blamed for global warming, as they possess the technical skills and expertise to understand the issue of climate change.

Alvarez issued the call before thousands of mechanical engineering students who participated in the 1st National Student Conference organized by the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers.

"Mechanical engineers should be warriors for global survival by taking the initiative to go to communities and address the sensitive issue of climate change," Alvarez said.

Alvarez, who was a former chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), said mechanical engineers should be at the forefront in addressing the daunting threats of global warming and climate change as they have the technical skills and expertise to understand the issue of climate change.

"Climate change is a veritable threat. More than 200 gigatonnes (Gt) of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) is now in the atmosphere and we need the mechanical engineers' understanding on how to reduce these harmful GHG emissions in the atmosphere," said Alvarez.

Alvarez said the Climate Change Commission (CCC) is looking into the construction of green buildings as a means to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

The construction of buildings contributes 40 percent of GHG emissions globally, he said.

The commission is looking into different alternatives that could minimize the consumption of energy in buildings, such as proper ven-tilation or use of LED lights which uses only 10 percent of electricity, he said, adding that this is where the mechanical engineers' skills and expertise will be needed. …