Al Gore in PH to lead workshop on climate crisis

March 12, 2016

TACLOBAN – Former United States Vice President and renowned environmental activist Al Gore is now in Tacloban City, which was among the worst hit areas by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) in November 2013, to meet with local officials and discuss climate change issues.

Gore, one of the men behind the hit documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth”, arrived at the Tacloban City Airport at around 3 p.m. Saturday. He was welcomed by Mayor Alfred Romualdez.

Accompanied by Senator Loren Legarda, who chairs the Senate committees on environment and natural resources, climate change, and cultural communities, Gore first went to Barangay 88 in San Jose to visit a family of Yolanda survivors.

San Jose is considered Yolanda’s ground zero in Tacloban.

Gore also visited the Tacloban City mass grave, where he offered a short prayer.

Gore is in the Philippines to lead a workshop on climate change for environmental non-government organizations (NGOs).

The workshop is organized by the Climate Reality Project Philippines, Climate Change Commission, Office of Legarda, and Oscar M. Lopez Center.

After the onslaught of Yolanda, Tacloban City has become a symbol for extreme climate events caused by climate change.