Tik Tok Pilipinas

 

Everyday, people perform a number of things that contribute directly to climate change. This could be any of the following:

1. Driving a car

2. Operating a factory

3. Taking a plane

4. Leaving the lights on

The list can go on, but how do these actions contribute to climate change?

These activities “use up energy fossil fuels that emit gases responsible for climate change,” according to the Philippine Network for Climate Change (PNCC). What are these gases? And what happens when they are emitted?

The PNCC says:

These gases are called greenhouse gases or GHGs, so called because they trap the heat within the earth’s atmosphere in the same way that a greenhouse maintains constant heat for the plants it shelters.

Normally, there is nothing wrong with the production of GHGs. As part of a natural process, GHGs keep the earth warm enough for plants and animals to flourish. However, in the last two centuries, human activity has increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, causing the earth to be hotter – this is the phenomenon of global warming. As the earth gets hotter, the earth’s natural climate balance is disturbed, causing the weather to behave erratically.

One of the GHGs released into the earth’s atmosphere because of what people do is carbon dioxide. We emit carbon dioxide when we burn oil, coal and natural gas to run factories. We also emit carbon when we burn fuel to drive a car and when we cut trees. Simply put, by emitting large quantities of GHGs, especially carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere, people are triggering climate change.

The richest countries in the world are the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. In fact, rich countries have become rich because they have developed industries that used coal and oil. Think of their factories making cars, clothes, appliances, clothes, name it!

Climate change is the biggest crisis the world has ever faced. Climate change will affect everyone. But the world’s poorest people – who are the least to blame for the crisis – have been hit first and will suffer the most. So when it comes to fighting climate change, we must put these people first.

For poor people, climate change means losing their jobs, their homes, and their loved ones. Climate change or what we think is simply weird weather is making life harder for everyone, especially poor people.

87 artists and celebrities know this to be true. They’ve joined the campaign Tik Tok Pilipinas of Oxfam and artists’ collective Dakila as climate advocates, convinced that this crisis has to end and convinced that something can be done.

Tik Tok Pilipinas believes that everyonce can make a difference, especially young people. 

Five Things You Can Do to Stop the Effects of Climate Change 

1. Walk more or take public transportation instead of driving a car. Cars emit carbon, which is the number one cause of climate change.

2. Unplug electrical appliances, turn off lights – save on electricity whenever you can. Electricity is produced by coal-powered plants, again huge carbon emitters.

3. Stop buying too much stuff. Your clothes, shoes or bags come from factories run by coal. By consuming less, you lower the demand and thus the production of products dependent on carbon.

4. Buy local. Meat, vegetables produced locally do not need to be transported over long distances and thus save on gas. By patronizing locally-produced goods, you also support small farmers.

5. Be a fan of Tik Tok Pilipinas on Facebook and receive daily updates on what else you can do for the Earth and the poor people who are suffering the most from climate change.  

Want to know more? Visit www.tiktokpilipinas.com.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessan Catre  |  September 29, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I want one 😀

    Reply
  • 2. michelle  |  October 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t seem to find the Tik Tok Tik Tok Facebook page.

    Reply
    • 3. oxfamphilippines  |  October 9, 2009 at 6:35 am

      I believe we’ve renamed it Tik Tok Pilipinas. Kindly check again. We also have a website now: http://www.tiktokpilipinas.org. Thanks!

      Reply
  • 4. alex  |  October 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    wow.ang galing meron na ang phil.kala ko kasi wala pa.hhe.nghhnap kasi ako ng nearest activity for climate change sa maps sa 350.org. ano ang sched nung para sa campus to campus?

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    • 5. oxfamphilippines  |  October 12, 2009 at 2:11 am

      Hi Alex! Please visit http://www.tiktokpilipinas.org for the skeds. But you might have to wait a few days as the skeds are still being finalized. We are going to have a huge concert on Dec 12. Please come!

      Reply
  • 6. jen  |  November 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    di q po mhnap ung sa facebook & i want to add it
    as a mom i fear for my children’s future aanhin ung mgandang pinag-aralan kung wala na ang kalikasan
    i wanna do my share not for myself but all the children na mas maapektuhan

    Reply
    • 7. oxfamphilippines  |  November 11, 2009 at 7:45 am

      Hi Jen! Thanks. Please look for Tik Tok Pilipinas on Facebook. Cheers!

      Reply
  • 8. Raisa  |  December 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I want a shirt din.. :))

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    • 9. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  January 14, 2010 at 5:26 am

      Hi Raisa! Will get back to you on how to get the shirt via email. Pls befriend us on Facebook so you can get regular updates. Thanks!

      Reply
  • 10. Christian  |  January 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Hi… Tik tok.. I want to Buy One Of your T-Shirt and Become a Volunteer of this program.. tnx Keep it up.. more power tnx pls… How can i bye of this Shirt/.//

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    • 11. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  January 14, 2010 at 5:25 am

      Hi Christian! Let me see if there are still any shirts left. Will get in touch you via email on how and when you can get the shirt. Please befriend Tik Tok Pilipinas on Facebook so you can get regular updates. Cheers!

      Reply
  • 12. Adela D. Capilo  |  May 24, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Hi I’m Adela, i just want to ask how can be a volunteer for climate change campaign of Oxfam GB? thanks so much

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    • 13. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  June 1, 2010 at 7:58 am

      Hey Adela! Pls write to dakila.philippines@yahoo.com, our partner in our climate change campaign. Pls tell them I referred you to them. They are recruiting volunteers for our campaign. Cheers, Glenn

      Reply

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