Monday, February 1, 2016
By Anton Antonio
February 2, 2016
Three days ago, I published (on my blogsite http://antonantonio.blogspot.com/) an article titled “Respect”. The last paragraph reads: “Last year, however, when two world leaders --- Pope Francis of the Holy See and President Barack H. Obama of the United States of America --- spoke on the realities of climate change… the world paused and listened. After the Paris Climate Talks last December (2015), people and the world now view and treat pro-environment advocates and activists with a little bit more respect.” (Antonio, 2016) In the beginning of the article, I also wrote how pro-environment advocates and activists were not treated fairly before. I should say, however, that the timely intervention of Pope Francis and President Obama changed the attitude of people… and that this intervention was also prompted by game changer events.
A game changer is an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something. In the realm of environmental science, game changer events could be considered “freaks of nature” occurrences such as: (1) The phenomenal flooding in Saudi Arabia which is a desert state; (2) The sudden and unexpected snowfall in Vietnam which is a tropical country; (3) The abnormally hot summer in the United States which is a temperate (meaning: a region or climate characterised by mild temperatures) country; (4) The frequent and stronger hurricanes that pass through south-central U.S.; and, (5) Other climactic conditions never experienced before. In the Philippines in particular, the game changer event can easily be related to Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: “Haiyan”) which is the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall. The death toll in Typhoon Yolanda is the biggest in Philippine modern history.
Two decades or so ago, climate change was just a concept (meaning: an abstract idea; a general notion). From a mere concept, most people today believe, accept and feel its presence. However, there are still those, for whatever self-serving agenda, who deny its existence. Like climate change, they probably do not also understand the term “game changer”.
Thoughts to promote positive action…
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Antonio, A.C. (2016). “Respect”. Retrieved on February 2, 2016 from http://antonantonio.blogspot.com/2016/01/respect.html