“When you try to scientifically observe the data… we will find this year and last year as very strange years, and we can only presuppose that this is due to climate change” — Anthony Gólez (Civil defense chief), on Typhoon Ondoy
“We can’t just blame this on the rain. We know this is the worst deluge in 40 years. We know there is climate change happening, there is no debate about that. This is just a glimpse of what will happen. This is not even a super typhoon. We need to be prepared. This is just a taste of things to come. We need to have more preparations and we need to factor in climate change.” — Mark Día (Greenpeace campaigner), on the same typhoon which killed hundreds of people in less than nine hours.
And so I will make this blogpost as brief and as comprehensible as possible…
To those who are ignorant of the situation, the recent killer typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which incapacitated the capital of the Philippines and wreaked havoc in many parts of Luzón, are just that — natural calamities. It’s devastating, but it’s normal. Yes, Ondoy and Pepeng are indeed deadlier compared to other killer typhoons of the past. But it has never crossed the mind of the unitiated as to why the typhoons are getting stronger and stronger every year.
These typhoons may be natural calamities, yes. But their origins can be traced to manmade irresponsibilities. Throughout the centuries, man has innovated technology to suit himself to changes in his culture and behavior. Wittingly or unwittingly, this pursuit of “change for comfortability” has drastically altered the normal course of climatical phases throughout modern history (especially since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution).
OK. So the only thing that’s permanent is change. But climate change is one type of change that won’t be for the betterment of mankind. It’s called global warming.
Global warming has become a very familiar term during this decade. It was made even more popular by world-renowned environmentalist Al Gore in his bestselling documentary video entitled “An Inconvenient Truth”. It has made many people sit up and take notice — but only those who are educated enough to be interested in watching documentaries. That is never enough.
The educated should educate the masses because a great bulk of them are unfamiliar with the cause and effect of climate change and global warming. And besides, many of them use products that are harmful to the environment and which contribute to this abnormality that we’re experiencing with our weather. As US Vice President Joe Biden said: “I think it is manmade. I think it’s clearly manmade. If you don’t understand what the cause is, it’s virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. That’s the cause. That’s why the polar icecap is melting.”
Speaking of melting icecaps, the Philippines is in grave danger since it has countless small islands that will easily disappear when the sea level eventually rises. Majestic coastlines and seaside villages and towns will be affected, displacing hundreds of thousands of Filipino families. And expect more destructive typhoons from the Pacific which will make Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng seem tame.
If you guys have genuine compassion for the young –our only planet’s next generation– then start acting now! By simply not littering at all outside the streets is already a BIG accomplishment, believe me. Love the environment. Love this planet. It’s the only planet we have. So…
Fight climate change! START RIGHT NOW!!!
This is FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES very brief take on BLOG ACTION DAY 2009.