In Radyo Pauta, the governor of RM, Claudio Orrego, explained the steps taken by the regional government for the stability of cities to resist climate change.
The effects of climate change are starting to manifest concretely, like the extreme temperatures we have experienced this summer. This week alone, temperatures above 34 degrees in RM have been recorded for three days in a row. Experts predict that more heat waves will be recorded this season.
In an interview with Climate Change, the governor of the Metropolitan Region, Claudio Orrego, explained the Regional Action Plan for Climate Change, which is in the final stage before it is approved, and talked about the durability measures they have implemented along with resisting the high temperature in the city.
“Santiago is a weak city because it is in the extreme south, because of the many effects of climate change, not just heat,” said the governor of RM.
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The Regional Plan for Climate Change is one of the projects of the regional government of RM and was created to identify and prioritize mitigation actions against climate change with a view to for a decade, for the Governor of the Metropolitan Region. We are overdiagnosing climate change and under-acting.”.
The project establishes specific measures to combat heat waves, droughts, floods, and other events that affect cities due to global warming, since “we made it very participatory, including all the actors, Orrego said.
Similarly, the Regional Government has developed a series of projects to combat climate change since “we are not taking this climate change alert seriously in Chile,” Claudio Orrego explained.
Orrego stated “We are creating an institutional framework. We are the first regional government in Chile with a Department of Environment, Biodiversity, and Climate Change.”.
Due to the current needs of the city, such as the heat wave, Claudio Orrego commented that they implemented air conditioning in 45 ambulances in Santiago. “If you put a patient with heat shock in an ambulance without air conditioning, they die,” he warned.
To fight fires and irrigate green areas, “we bought 70 tank trucks, which the municipalities did not ask, to bring water” to 22 communities under a rationing decree in Santiago, Orrego commented.
“We piloted the first green roof of a hospital” to cool and save energy at the Exequiel González Hospital,” explained the governor, one of many.
To carry out all the mitigation, adaptation, and educational measures regarding this natural phenomenon, the Regional Government has invested more than 20 billion pesos, “more than the Environment Secretariat of the Government has invested in the whole of Chile,” said Governor Orrego.
According to the Governor, “We have to make a real cultural revolution” to let people know that climate change is real and that “It’s here to stay. “With one rain, drought cannot be eradicated.”One of the big problems in Santiago is that “people don’t relate to the extreme heat of death,” he said.
“What we do or don’t do is important,” concluded the governor of the Metropolitan Region, Claudio Orrego.