Mitigating effects of climate change a private-public collaboration -- advocates

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — As the world celebrates Earth Day, environment advocates renewed their call for a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors in addressing the impact of climate change.

Speaking to CNN Philippines’ The Exchange, The Low Impact Filipina founder Angel Mata-Jamilan said sustainable living is not the only way to address the environment problem.

“It’s a collaboration among private sectors and of course we have to strengthen our government policies, as well,” she said.

ECHOstore founder and owner Chit Juan shared the same sentiment. She noted that while there are a number of initiatives coming from companies, the government has to put in place policies to help protect the environment.

While more and more are getting involved in promoting sustainability, the country is still far from achieving its climate action targets, according to Roderick De Castro, executive director of Business for Sustainable Development.

"Systems have to be in place," de Castro said, citing the need to improve emission of coal-fired plants to reduce their carbon dioxide levels, and to eventually shift to renewable energy.