Apple Daily: Do our part to alleviate global warming disaster

For years, scientists have warned us that climate change will lead to bigger, more intense, and more frequent storms. (Photo by bluishgreen12 on / CC BY-NC-SA)

The flooding over the past week in southern Taiwan should be looked at from the perspective of global climate change, and so, demand for taking responsibility should be rational.

A better way to seek remedies would be to investigate how efficient previous flood-control measures have been and where relevant budgets have gone.

The eight-year flood control budget — to the tune of NT$80 billion (US$2.6 billion) — is no small money.

The truth must be laid bare as to whether there has been corruption and graft, since people are still suffering from inadequate flood-control measures.

Investigators have a duty to tell the people their findings.

The government, for its part, should take steps to join the global fight against climate change by telling the world the real numbers from its efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

If the international community’s efforts to reduce global warming have not made any headway, Taiwan will still be hit by torrential rain, even if it achieves the goal of zero emissions.

Each country, each community and each individual need to do their share of the work to see the effects of global warming substantively reduced.

If society keeps blaming blue-camp and green-camp politicians for their perceived or supposed shares of responsibility in the aftermath of the rain-caused flooding, it will “dilute” the authorities’ legitimacy in controlling floods. This kind of blame game is simply abominable.

In the face of Mother Nature’s punishment, nothing is more important than being humble.

If people can realize from the flooding and other disasters that all things and events are interconnected globally within a complicated web of cause and effect, and take action to do the right thing, it would be “a lesson learned and a blessing in disguise.” (Editorial abstract — Aug. 27, 2018)