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As global warming intensifies, polar ice caps are melting more rapidly. This is causing average sea levels to rise dramatically.

The Earth’s climate has changed drastically over millions of years but today, human activity is accelerating global warming at an unprecedented rate.

Sea levels continue to rise due to these three primary factors directly related to the warming of the earth:

Continuing sea level rise poses a significant threat to land and humankind as this can lead to:

• Intense cyclonic storm surges
• Damage to coastal infrastructure and assets
• Land loss particularly in low-lying coastal areas due to frequent and intense floods
• Loss of critical wetlands such as mangroves, and their biodiversity
• Escalating salinization leading to harmful soil and water

The year 2018 brings us closer to this scenario. It was one of the hottest years on record, as global emissions hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes.

Apart from that, the unfaltering sea level rise is made more evident considering:

The numbers do not lie; this is our call to embark on a cleaner, low-carbon path.

With the Paris Agreement, the Philippines has committed to help reduce carbon emissions to 70.0 percent by 2030 and to keep the global temperature from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Curbing global temperatures now will redound to benefits as far as 2100: at 1.5 degrees Celsius, the sea level may rise to 0.40 meters only, versus at 2 degrees Celsius, where the sea level may rise to 0.46 meters. Even a half-degree change in temperature makes a world of difference in
the future.

To support this ambition, First Gen has initiated the shift to clean and renewable energy and urges all businesses to make the clean energy transition—before it gets worse.