What Can the Philippines Contribute to Win Against Climate Change?

Are we helpless against climate change? Dr. Tony La Viña offers a more hopeful perspective on the global climate emergency with suggestions on policy changes based on science-backed research.

Antonio G. M. La Viña, JSD is a leader, teacher, thinker, lawyer, and social entrepreneur. He is currently Senior Fellow on climate change, Executive Director and Energy Collaboratory Director of Manila Observatory, and a professor of law, philosophy, political science, and governance in several universities in the Philippines, including the Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools, Ateneo School of Government, and Ateneo Law School. He was the Chair of Forest Foundation of the Philippines and former Dean of the Ateneo School of Government.

Tony has been a teacher for 39 years, joining the Jesuit Volunteers to teach philosophy in Xavier University in Mindanao. He has been a human rights and environmental justice lawyer for 30 years, starting his law career as an advocate for indigenous peoples and local communities fighting development aggression by logging and mining companies and in some cases by the government pursuing environmentally destructive projects. He has also been a senior environmental government official, formerly a lead negotiator of the Philippines on climate change and biodiversity conventions, and has worked for several domestic and international organizations on environment, development, and governance.

Tony finished his AB Philosophy in Ateneo de Manila, his first law degree in the University of the Philippines and his masteral and doctoral degrees from Yale University. He was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro, is married, and has raised three sons.

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