The Philippine government must act quickly to contain and clean up this oil spill. The damage done will negatively impact food security and livelihoods in the immediate area for a long time to come. More than 2M people and marine life are at risk because of this accident and life needs to return to normal as expeditiously as possible. But it is also an opportunity, at the national level, for the government to end its commitments to fossil fuels and to begin leading the globe in environmental protection.
The world's greed and profiteering leads to thousands of oil spills each year. There are few practices in place governing the recovery from such accidents. The technology for such clean-ups is outdated and not very effective. The soaring increases in fossil fuel consumption drive up the need for drilling, extraction, and subsequently transporting. As the demand increases, so will the likelihood of spills, and thus the fallout of oil spills will continue to damage the environment until a change is sought — this is an international issue in scope.