Awareness of climate change impacts and mitigation practices of University of Baguio high school teachers and students

Margie S. De Vera1 and Rowena W. Severo2
1 Faculty, University of Baguio High School
University of Baguio, Baguio City, Philippines
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4920-1909
Email: msdevera@e.ubaguio.edu
2 Faculty, University of Baguio High School
University of Baguio, Baguio City, Philippines
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9862-2673

ABSTRACT

Climate change is undeniably one of the crucial and serious issues that all countries in the world face today. The dangers and risks it poses are life-threatening, and the Philippines is not spared from all of these. According to Mateo (2019), the Philippines has topped the list of countries facing the highest risk of climate change hazards. Furthermore, according to Dumlao (2014), a recent study conducted by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Bank of the Philippine Islands Foundation presented that among the 12 cities in the Philippines, the City of Pines is rated as first that is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This study aims to determine the awareness of climate change impacts and mitigation practices of the University of Baguio High School (UBHS) teachers and students. The researchers employed a quantitative- descriptive design with a questionnaire survey disseminated to 22 teachers and 802 students. In addition, the researchers used descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze the gathered data. The result showed that the level of awareness among teacher respondents was extreme and student respondents were moderate, emphasizing a significant difference in awareness between the two respondents. Nevertheless, the student-respondents and teacher-respondents often adhere to mitigating climate change, as evident in the sample mean of 2.78 and 2.67, respectively. In general, there is no significant difference in the adherence of students and teachers in mitigating climate change (t=0.98; p>0.05). Further, Pearson Moment Correlation shows a moderate but significant relationship between awareness of climate change impact and adherence in mitigating climate change. Thus, being much aware of the impacts of climate change will make us become more responsible individuals and find sustainable and lasting solutions to climate change.

Keywords: climate change, awareness, mitigation, environment, impacts