Miss Earth PH calls on gov’t to impose carbon tax

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THOMASIAN alumna and Miss Philippines-Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco has called on to the government to tax carbon emissions in the Philippines to ensure a clean environment.

“What I want to see is to pass a carbon tax. In that way, we would invest in renewable energy,” Ibasco told the Varsitarian.

Ibasco urged Thomasians to practice the “5R’s”: rethink, reuse, reduce, recycle and respect” in her advocacy talk last Aug. 11 at the Central Laboratory Auditorium.

“I’m not against the modernization of technology,” Ibasco said. “You just [need to] compensate [for] the care for environment as the modernization of technology is happening.”

Ibasco, an applied physics graduate and former physics instructor, pointed out that with the continuous rise of carbon emission levels since the industrial evolution, climate change has become a serious environmental issue.

The 26-year-old beauty queen is an advocate of conserving renewable sources of energy, which are substitutes to fossil fuels.

Ibasco will represent the Philippines in the international Miss Earth pageant to be held at SM Mall of Asia arena on Nov. 4.

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