Saturday, January 30, 2010

PNC :: Well Known Environmentalist to Address Climate Change Impact On Guam

PNC :: Well Known Environmentalist to Address Climate Change Impact On Guam

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Guam - Jose Ma. Lorenzo “Lory” Tan, CEO and Vice Chairman of WWF-Philippines (World Wildlife Fund), will discuss the impacts of climate change on Guam and Micronesia. At the invitation of Sen. James Espaldon, Mr. Tan will be a

1. UOG guest lecturer on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 PM in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero CBPA Building,
2. Guam Visitors Bureau Membership Luncheon guest speaker on Friday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 AM, Pacific Islands Club, and
3. Father Duenas Memorial School speaker to 9th and 10th graders.

“Mr. Tan delivered a powerful presentation on climate change and its impacts on tourism during an eco-tourism conference I attended in Manila. Visualizing the disaster that would affect many Asian destinations, I felt it was important to bring Lory on island to give a similar presentation that focuses on Guam and Micronesia,” said Senator Espaldon. Mr. Tan examines how Guam and the region will be affected by climate change, its impact on low lying areas as well as potential impacts to consider with the Guam build-up.

“I inquired during a DEIS briefing whether the impacts of climate change was considered in the military’s planning stages and the answer was no. It is alarming that we are investing billions to meet the military’s growth demands but did not even consider the repercussions of global warming and the potential of seeing hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements go underwater in the future,” said Espaldon. It was because of this that Espaldon invited Tan to Guam. Espaldon added, “Global warming and the rising water levels are already affecting Guam and parts of Micronesia.”

Please see the attached biography for more information on Mr. Tan. For additional details on Mr. Tan’s visit, please contact Senator Espaldon at 475-5437.

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