THE SEEDS OF CHANGE
- Category: Environment Updates
(By: Antonio M. Claparols-President ESP)
THERE is a lot of joy brought forth when a group of volunteers headed by Malu E. Gacuma and sponsored by the Ecological Society of the Philippines and JRS Express and other project partners set out to plant and protect the mangrove forest in Punta Taytay, Bacolod City and to help strengthen the reforestation of Barangay Alangilan, which is now an emerging “Biking Capital” of Negros Occidental.
The project served as a Dental mission and feeding/outreach program as well. Nothing can stop the spirit and strength of volunteerism! There is where real power lies.
The importance of mangrove forest is immeasurable. They serve not only as breeding grounds for various species of fish and mollusk to name a few.
Together with coral reefs and estuaries they represent one of the three rare marine ecosystems. These are breeding grounds, where the food chain begins. Where life begins.
Not only do they produce food and species, they teem with life after every tide.
Powered by the sun and the waves, the mangrove replanting project sends our a strong message: “Nature is crying out for help!” And she will unleash her wrath with heat, droughts and typhoons, with poverty and famine should we not change our wasteful ways.
As the earth’s economic debacle continues, so does the development model that continues to destroy our natural capital.
Imagine a businessman unemployed, think of a polyp building, cities of coral reefs. The second ecosystem in the marine environment where the food chain begins, There is no down time here as all species continuously build a food chain.
They are a “home which provides us with food. One can imagine how rich our oceans are! It is said that just the KIG-Kalayaan Island group supplies 25% percent of our marine protein and Palawan provides 50% percent of marine food.
Our planet is dying. The sooner we accept that and reverse the destruction, lower your carbon foot print, combat climate change, help every chance we have for life is fleeting but the seeds that we have planted will only grow in plant, hearts and minds.
These are the seeds of change, of hope and of faith. I still wish Earth Day was everyday and should it be be, we look forward to two more mangrove tree planting activities in Punta Taytay as well as more tree-planting events in Bgy. Alangilan, both in Bacolod City.
I’d like to acknowledge the tree-planting program of JRS Kidapawan and the volunteers who planted seedlings in Mt. Apo, our country’s tallest peak and home of the famed Philippine Eagle.
Like Pagasa: let’s fly feely. Happy Earth Day!
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