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The Internet Wants to Put a Stop to Resilience Porn. Here's Why

It's time to face the real problems.
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Another typhoon, another flood, another cleanup. This time, it's Typhoon Ulysses and the deluge brought to mind the worst in recent memory, Ondoy.  As survivors trudged through their muddied homes, many Filipinos on the internet sought to confront a mindset that makes headlines after every disaster. 

Filipino resilience, which illustrates how Filipinos always recover from disasters, is problematic and must no longer be glorified, said popular voices and green groups online. 

In an Instagram post, actress Nadine Lustre called the resiliency card a "quick fix" used to hide the "real problem." Successive typhoons have sparked calls on social media for the government to act faster on disasters.

Greenpeace Philippines said the struggle of Filipino communities with five typhoons this month alone was due to the climate crisis. It is "not another story of resilience, but another reason to demand accountability," it said.

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In the same thread, Greenpeace released their statement in support of President Rodrigo Duterte's call to developed nations to cut their carbon emissions at the ASEAN Summit held on Thursday, November 12.

In an open letter to the President, they urged the government to declare a "climate emergency" through an executive order which makes the fight against climate change a top priority. 

The Philippines' location as the first major landmass facing the Pacific cyclone belt makes it vulnerable to an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year. 

Under the threat of the climate crisis due to increased carbon emissions from the world's biggest economies, developing countries like the Philippines are regarded as most vulnerable as existing impacts continue to intensify. 

This story originally appeared on Reportr.World. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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