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Metro Manila is being pummeled right now by Typhoon Santi.

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I went outside with an officemate just a few minutes ago. It’s no longer raining here in Alabang, Muntinlupà City. But hours ago, it was raining dogs and cats and cows and other assorted mammals. Man! The wind’s like crazy! The last time Metro Manila suffered a direct hit like this one was three years ago, and it was Typhoon Milenyo.

I went to the parking lot, which was almost empty, and looked up to the sky. Huge gray clouds were slowly moving in one hellish circle!

Typhoon Santi is here!

And too bad I don’t have a video camera with me. That’s what I’ll buy for myself this Christmas season.

This kind of weather always excites me. I don’t know why. I was screaming like a child outside as the wind was blowing up all over my body. And Dustin (my officemate) was very amused. Well, I told him earlier that a storm chaser’s my dream job.

This typhoon is a work of art! A magnificent creation of God!

Or should I say, of man?!

Climate change, anyone?

TYPHOON SANTI IS HERE IN METRO MANILA!

Typhoon Santi is here in Metro Manila!

We haven’t recovered yet, but there’s another typhoon coming!

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Barely three weeks since the back-to-back devastation caused by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng that claimed almost a thousand lives, now here comes another one:

RAMIL

Typhoon Ramil (international name: Lupit) is expected to hit land either tonight or tomorrow morning. This is very bad news considering what had happened recently in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces. This doesn’t even include the overflowing dams of Pangasinán.

Three strong typhoons in less than three weeks? No doubt about it — climate change is officially here.

Blog Action Day 2009 — Fight climate change NOW!

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Fighting climate change will save our descendants' earthly existence!

Fighting climate change will save our descendants' earthly existence!

“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.

¡Kilos ná!

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!!!

Fight climate change!

Fight climate change!

This is FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES very brief take on BLOG ACTION DAY 2009.

Blog Action Day 2009 (Climate Change)

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FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE!Blog Action Day 2009 will be held on the 15th of this month. This time, bloggers around the world will focus on humanity’s greatest challenge today: Climate Change / Global Warming.

The recent killer typhoons which terrorized and destroyed much of Metro Manila and Luzón are caused mainly by climate change. Even if there were no garbage clogging the waterways, I believe that the floods would have still caused major damage. Just imagine: Typhoon Ondoy pouring a month’s worth of rain in just six hours? I have never heard anything like that in my entire life!

So to all bloggers, let us join this annual event. It may not drastically alter our climate, but at the very least we will be able to alter the minds of those who are not knowledgeable about this impending threat. Let us all do our share to save the environment for our children’s future.

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