- Category: Green Ideas
- Published: Saturday, 25 January 2014 08:11
IT has been over a month since Typhoon Ondoy visited us to give us some water, the source of all life.
What turned out to be a visit with rain became flash floods that wrought severe damage.
Nobody was spared. Everyone was effected, each having his/her own stories to tell. Cities and towns were covered with mud and water. The water came so fast that it caught everyone by surprise. It was coming everywhere rapidly.
Angry nature struck people and property. Many families lost everything they had. They need to start anew, to begin all over again.
Civil society and the bayahinhan spirit ruled the day. The Filipino spirit was at its best and I am proud to be a Filipino.
What gets me mad is that all this and more will again happen and again. It will be worse the next time. Climate change is real and wil haunt us and our children's children.
This is our battle and we must win it. We must abate climate change at all costs.
Our planet and people are at stake; or else all flora and fauna will vanish.
But rain comes from above and not flowing like a raging river -- flash floods in the citystreets are something else.
The people have all the right to know when the dam master is to release water.
Dams are a destructive monument whose time will come. Just like the Hoover Dam in the U.S. they destroy rivers, mountains and the sease. Aside from destroying all biodiversity, all of our flood chain is affected.
The World Commission on Dams report to the World Bank has made the latter stop the funding of large dams.
Never in my lifetime have I seen Metro Manila, as it is today -- destruction and dosolation all over. People need to be better prepared to dealwith the floods.
They are many lessons to be learned by Ondoy's wrath.
1. We must have a total logging ban, protect our remaining forest and embark in a massive reforestation program.
2. We must combat climate change.
3. We must stop converting forest and agricultural land into buildings.
4. We must have invironmental education in all levels.
5. We must all know about the environment and prioritize it.
6. We must stop polluting our land and water.
7. We must recycle and segregate.
8. We must be ready for the worse.
9. In reliefe use eco-friendly material not plastic.
There are so many things that we could have done. So many lives would have been saved. As of today, the cost of the damage is estimated at over P10 billion.
I believe it is much more. More than 255,000 metric tons of rice have been destroyed, posing greater threats as our people are already hungry.
There are many who still need food and water. I am furious at the thought that there are so many people still missing and yet the logging and extraction go on and it is business as usual.
This must be stopped. We need to take stock and appraise the lessons we have learned and implement them. A healthy ecology would not have caused Ondoy's wrath.
For our children and theirs, we must act now.
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