Climate Change in the Eyes of the Vulnerable Community Residents in the Province Of Negros Occidental, Philippines
Climate change will affect various sectors, including water resources, agriculture and food security, ecosystems and biodiversity, human health, and coastal zones. Many environmental and developmental
problems will be exacerbated by climate change. This study explored and revealed the different views, experiences, and practices of vulnerable community residents. The qualitative research design was employed narrative inquiry, which gathered data through interviews and focuses group discussions. The study transpired in one municipality and two city villages in the Province of Negros Occidental. The conversation partners were the vulnerable community residents represented by the youths, professionals, local government unit personnel, and people identified as a person with a disability. A thematic approach was used for the data explication. The rigors of the findings were established using prolong engagement for Credibility, Purposive sampling for Transferability, Code – Recode Strategy for Dependability, and Audit Trail for Confirmability. The results specified certain themes that came from frequently repeated
terms which are the following: 1) Residents Observed changes in climate 2) Environmental Warming Experienced by the residents 3) Experiences of the residents on surviving the typhoon 4) Poor hygiene practices that may lead to global scourges 5) Poor waste management system: part of the loop that contributes to climate change 6) Inconvenient schedule of water supply: Climate change disrupts the water cycle 7) Air Pollution through Unpleasant smell 8) Unsafe food:Climate Change impacts to fundamental aspects of food supply 9) Climate change may affect human health through multiple and interactive pathways that include safe water scarcity 10) Sickness: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health 11) Human Intervention to the community reducing the negative impact of climate change. The study revealed significant insights into the narrated experiences of the residents in dealing with environmental changes from now and then.