Filipina tells Obama,
APEC CEOs: 'climate change is like cancer—and
the world is at stage 2'
MANILA, Nov. 18 (PNA) -- Climate change is like cancer and the world is
at Stage 2, young Filipina entrepreneur Aisa Mijeno told United States
Barack Obama and participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) CEO Summit 2015 here Wednesday.
“Climate change is real and not a myth created by scientists to get funding.
It is like cancer,” Mijeno said, citing the four stages of the disease—cell
mutation, symptoms, manifest effects, and decline.
“I believe we are at Stage 2,” said the founder of SALt Lamps, which
manufactures ocean water-powered lamps for island communities that are not
to major power grids.
“Believe me, you don’t want to go to Stage 4,” interjected President Obama,
who played host to tech giant Alibaba CEO Jack Ma and Mijeno.
At the start of his session, Obama made a pitch for renewable energy, noting
how big US businesses like Apple, Google, and Costco are saving billions of
dollars by tapping into solar and other renewable energy sources.
Obama said climate change could be viewed as a business opportunity.
The US President is one of 20 economic leaders from the Pacific Rim
attending the APEC Summit that is being hosted by the Philippines. (PNA)