Environmental speakers takes awesome pay as they speak about Climate Change in an event in which the rich can only afford. The Al Gore event in Manila is one of the examples whereby the needed knowledge on Climate Change is only exclusive to those who can pay for such knowledge.

Since when did saving the planet and your life been based on the money you have and the knowledge you can afford? While talking to an anonymous employee of one of the biggest mall chains in the Philippines I found out that their management is forcing employees and companies they have contract to buy tickets to the Al Gore event. It it in order to learn about Climate Change or is it for profit?

The cost of Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" is very inconvenient. The question that should be asked is who are attending the event? What are their capacity to multiply their knowledge and share them with others specially to poor communities who had been the most at risk in the effects of Climate Change.

Educational videos of Climate Change including the local documentaries such as Signos are for sale at the mall at P300 each. Laws are ignored in a country where those that occupy the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as Secretary has no first hand knowledge of the environment. Our country has the best laws like the Clear Air Act, Zero Waste Management Act and more but due to traditional and corrupt politics we are far behind in actually making a sustainable environment.

Those that know too much or are expert have to be paid in order for people to have a share of their knowledge. What is the logic of having the future of our lives and our environment at the mercy of money and of the social status quo in which there are more poor than those than can afford.

People should not profit from the environment! Everyone should be entitled to receive the same knowledge that was accorded to those who are rich. There should be no social class in an issue in which our lives and our future depends on.

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