Global Warming Should Be 2nd Top Foreign-Policy Concern Of The US
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Global Warming Should Be 2nd Top Foreign-Policy Concern Of The US

Manila : Philippines | Oct 28, 2012 at 5:03 AM PDT
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My Video-Commentary On Global Warming

Though I really believe that the Middle East region should be the ‘number one top foreign-policy priority’ of the United States, I think the ‘2nd top foreign-policy concern’ of the USA should be global warming. My country, the Philippines, has experienced severe draughts, powerful monsoon rains and strong storm surges in recent years. Every nation on Earth today is being affected by climate change. Global warming is not only a major concern in the Philippines; it’s also a huge concern in the United States. Every country on this planet wants to ward off the bad effects of extreme carbon-emissions to the atmosphere.

Climate change is now giving many countries big floods, powerful monsoon rains and horrendous storm-surges. Global warming is now seemingly a threat to humanity’s own survival as living species. Humans everywhere know well that climate change has been bringing in long-term droughts, super typhoons and horrific blizzards. Some island-countries are now under threat of disappearing from the global map.

We know that our very own planet has a problem with extreme carbon-emissions to the atmosphere, but many government leaders seemingly ignore the issue. How can we maintain the ecological balance so we can ensure the survival of all living beings on Earth? How can we save this planet from the fangs of extreme carbon-emissions due to industrialization? We need to save Earth from environmental degradations and pollutions! We need to act now to curtail all types of environmental degradations and halt extreme carbon-emissions to the skies.

It’s true that technology has revolutionized human civilization on this planet. As humans, we know that we have to be responsible in using our natural resources and in maintaining ecological balance. There’s now a need to manufacture nature-friendly products and gadgets. Some towns and cities around the world have already taken concrete steps to ban the selling and distribution of non-biodegradable items. Clogged waterways often contribute to flashfloods in cities and towns all over the world. Scientists and inventors must invent biodegradable materials that can replace plastics and Styrofoam-products, so that clogging of waterways can somehow be lessened. The UN should hold international conferences that will tackle effective means to control flooding. Scientists, engineers, architects, medical practitioners, disaster-relief volunteers and other experts from all over the world should participate in such conferences to help formulate plans and policies that would save towns and cities from huge flooding.

The US should consider global warming as its 2nd top foreign-policy priority because such problem is threatening the survival of the whole human race. The US, being the richest, the most industrialized and the most powerful country on Earth, has the responsibility of leading the ‘global village’ out of danger from getting terminated by “extreme global warming.” No country on Earth, not even the US, can escape the bad effects of extreme carbon-emissions. The United States should lead in the work of finding practical and effective means of curtailing extreme carbon-emissions all throughout the world. The US is the only superpower in today’s world. A useful definition of a superpower comes from the late Soviet politician Andrei Gromyko who defined a superpower as “a country that has a say in every corner of the globe and without whose say nothing truly substantial can be achieved in any such corner.” The US can certainly influence the whole world in adapting and accepting practical and effective means of curtailing carbon-emissions due to the fact that it is the lone superpower right now on Earth.

We must save the world from extreme carbon-emissions for the sake of our children and future generations. We want our children to feel, see and enjoy the comforting magnificence and securing presence of Mother Nature. We have to act now in order to curtail the extreme carbon-emissions to the atmosphere. We have to save our planet from the bad side-effects of extreme carbon-emissions. The US, because it is still the only superpower in this world, should lead in the search for practical and effective means that can really curtail extreme carbon-emissions to the atmosphere. The US should properly address climate change as a national-security concern and, therefore, consider global warming as its 2nd top foreign-policy priority.

I’ve watched the final TV debate between Romney and Obama, but I never heard any of them addressed global warming as a US foreign-policy issue during the said debate. I think both Romney and Obama camps must conceive plans that will address global warming as a foreign-policy concern. Global warming should be considered as a US foreign-policy issue since the said problem is threatening the survival of the whole human race.

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That's me in the video. This is my video-commentary on why the US should consider global warming as a foreign-policy concern.
RummelPinera is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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