Maryknoll Sr. Marvie Misolas is the nongovernmental representative of the Maryknoll Sisters, part of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns at the United Nations; she is now based at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, New York. She was missioned in Taiwan for 13 years, before being assigned to study in the field of environment, peace and security at the United-Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, specializing in climate change and related issues. On her return to the Philippines, she taught a graduate course in environmental and climate change studies, worked with climate vulnerable communities, and collaborated with other environmental networks.
Helping people to prepare for sudden climate-induced disasters is a daunting and slow process. One must address the deeper cause of vulnerabilities, such as situations of extreme poverty, hunger and lack of social protection.
Recently, I took six graduate students from the Philippine Women University for a site visit to Payatas, Quezon City, an urban resettlement area, one of the most densely populated areas in Manila where the incidence of poverty is quite high.