Loren Legarda Philippines
We have the right to a life, the right to a sustainable and healthy and resilient environnement.
No nation is safe from climate change unless we do something now. We must act now. The abuse of our natural resources leads to deeper poverty and makes us more vulnerable to natural hazards and climate change.
Inter-generational responsibility, the responsibility of every generation to ensure that succeeding generations will continue to enjoy a balanced and healthful ecology, needs to move from being an idea to a plan of concrete and urgent action. If we start today, there is no promise that we will be lucky enough to see the undoing of the damage on our environment within our lifetime, but at least, we leave our world with the gift of hope for a better, kinder future.
Senator Loren Legarda is the author and sponsor of landmark laws on environmental protection, disaster risk management and climate change, such as the Clean Air Act, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, Climate Change Act and People’s Survival Fund Law.
In 2000, the World Economic Forum named her as among the Global Leaders for Tomorrow. She is a United Nations Environment Programme Laureate and named in the Global 500 Roll of Honor for 2001. In 2008, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction appointed her as disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation champion for Asia-Pacific. In 2012, the United Nations recognized her as a Hero of Resilience in line with the celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction
Senator Legarda is the only woman to top the Philippine senatorial elections twice and to serve as Senate majority leader. Now on her third term, she chairs the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Cultural Communities.
Prior to becoming a public official, Senator Legarda was well-known as an award-winning anchor and producer of the Philippines’ most popular and respected news programs. She earned over 30 prestigious awards as a journalist for more than two decades.