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Rean here…

I’ve always wanted to live in a sustainable home.  To build an Earthship is in my to do list. I’d like to use garbage for my walls and bamboo for my rafters.  I’d harness the sun for electricity and heat.  I’d reuse my sink gray water to grow my own food before sending it down the toilet as black water.  Perhaps, I’ll even use a Saniflo toilet so waste can be better decomposed in the exterior garden.  Oh how I wish I had the time and resources to do this now.

As a nation we are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Typhoon Pepeng that have struck our country one after the other. The devastation to life and property has reached billions. Whole families have been lost, the damage to infrastructure, homes and businesses is disheartening, our rice lands have been turned into  rushing rivers wiping out what was to be harvested. The amount of rainfall that these two typhoons have poured upon this nation has devastated and displaced thousands of families. And the problems continue to compound.  Although we are a resilient people, questions as to the cause of this tragedy have yet to be answered. We need to be informed of the WHYs so that we can move on to the WHAT do we do to prevent this from happening again. Typhoons have always been a part of our lives. They do not surprise us at all. However, the magnitude of the destruction that we have experienced totally came from left field. Should we brace ourselves for more severe typhoons because the effects of Climate Change have finally caught up with us?

(image courtesy of boston.com)

IMHO, even if we do attribute it to Climate Change, climate change is still caused by men. Men who run corporations. Men who destroy habitats and abuse and misuse our environment. Men who make decisions that may be economically profitable but environmentally harmful. We need to rethink the way we do things today. We need to take action now. Many of us who are fortunate to have survived the disasters that have fallen upon our countrymen might not be spared the next time around. Businesses need to be more responsible and be involved in reducing their carbon footprint. Am not so sure about call center outsourcing, but buying local, manufacturing more earth-friendly products, green architecture, alternative energy sources, recycling and reusing, sustainable lifestyles – we need a paradigm shift in how we conduct our lives. We need to do something now… for the sake of the next generation and generations after that.

I missed watching UZ last night. Tsk, tsk… I completely forgot. I like watching that show because I learn a lot about home designing and I get to see a lot of very talented Pinoy architects and designers. One particular episode that I’d like to see again was the one featuring an eco-friendly house somewhere in Antipolo. I’m not quite sure about the details of the show and I even forgot who the lady architect was but of course I remembered the house. It was a modern house, clean, minimalist, maximum use of natural light (although I think there was a lighting fixture there that was interesting…), well placed ventilation systems…very well thought of. Pinag-isipan, in short. Everything in its place and a place for everything. Even the back of the refrigerator was put to good use by placing a closet behind it to dry umbrellas etc. – captured energy indeed. I’m still a long way from my ideal home but it’s nice to see that it already exists here in the Philippines.

Bawat linggo ng LP na hindi ako nakakalahok naitatanong ko sa aking sarili kung imposible ba ito. LOL Salamat na lamang at ang aking mga proyekto ay tapos na at puede na ako ulit sumali ng mas madalas. Sa wakas eto na ang aking lahok para sa linggong ito sa temang:

IMPOSIBLE BA ITO?

(ang mga litrato sa itaas ay kuha sa tabi ng Manila Ocean Park – Manila Bay, ironic di ba? )

Nakalulungkot isipin at nakapanghihinayang talaga na ganito ang nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran. Napakayaman ng ating bansa kung yamang kalikasan din lang ang pag-uusapan subalit napakapobre ng ating mentalidad pagdating sa pangangalaga nito. Lahat ng ito ay kagagawan ng ISA. Isang supot, isang balot ng kendi, isang patpat ng pisbol, isang walang pakialam na tao. Pagsamasamahin natin ang bawat ISA na iyon, ganito ang ating kahahantungan.

Kawawa naman ang susunod na henerasyon. Baka manahin na lang nila ang isang buong dagat ng basura at kakarampot na tubig. Imposible ba itong bigyan ng solusyon? Palagay ko hindi. ISA lang naman ang kailangan di ba? Isang bata. Isang matanda. Isang mayaman. Isang mahirap. Isang may pinag-aralan. Isang mangmang. ISAng taong may pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit para sa ating bayan na ibubulsa ang maliit na basura at itatapon sa tamang basurahan. Alam ko ikaw yun kaibigan.

Hapi LP mga kapatid!

Magtanim ay di biro

Maghapong nakayuko

Di naman makatayo

Di naman makaupo

Lalo na kung gubat

Ang gusto mong itanim 😛

Ito ay isa sa mahigit 10,000 punla na naitanim namin nung kami ay mag-tree planting nung nakaraan. 9,999 ang di ko nakunan 😀

Makigulo at makisali sa mga blogistang litratista sa LP. Baka umabot tayo sa mahigit 10,000 din di ba? Klik mo na ang kamera sa ibaba – dali!

 

Not two but three birds with one stone
It’s been busy this whole week especially the latter part of my weekend. I was asked to do another dance photo shoot by my friend last Thursday and then my family and I had to leave early Friday for a tree planting event hosted by the Green Army at the Angat Dam Watershed were hubby was invited to participate. Since we are a homeschooling family we really wanted to bring our kids to have this experience. We thought it would be a good opportunity to teach them about being responsible for their environment and how they can help in their own little way. The event was a joint effort by the Department of Energy, the Task Force on Climate Change and the National Power Corporation (Napocor) with participation from various NGOs like WWF (where hubby works) and Green Army.

This actually ranks as one of the best things I have ever done so far and more importantly, we got to do something socially relevant as a family. Together with our kids, Kairos, 8 and Aemu, 5 and some other team members we were tasked to prepare 500 seedlings out of a target 10,000 seedlings for the watershed nursery.  It was no longer about me and hubby doing all the work but we sort of did it assembly line style with the two kids packing the soil into the potting bags and hubby and I putting in the seedlings and doing quality control. My kids were unstoppable. It was tiring but it was a good reason to get tired.

Hitting not two but three birds with one stone, this is then my long delayed answer to Jan’s coffee break question about fond memories with my family and memorable mommy moments. I definitely have a lot of memories with my family too many to mention and I am anticipating there will be many more to come. For now, it would be this – when we spent our weekend at the Angat Water Dam Watershed as warriors for nature helping our environment one tree at a time with my kids making a statement as the youngest participants in the almost 500 volunteers, this is one weekend to remember in my scrapbooks. Definitely  worth more than baseball trophies. This just makes me one tootin’ proud mama.

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… be back in a bit for something else.

… 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … ZERO!  LIGHTS OUT!

My husband, who is part of WWF-Philippines was the one responsible for coordinating the switching off of the street lights in Roxas Blvd., Manila. He brought my eldest son Kai along with him to the first observance of Earth Hour 2008 in the Philippines. It was amazing for them to see how 99% of the establishments along Roxas Blvd turned off their light in succession, sort of like a domino effect plunging the strip into symbolic darkness for one hour… definitely a hair-raising awesome sight to see!

A lot of corporations, establishments in Pasay, Manila, Makati and Paranaque and even media networks participated in the countdown to 8pm (pretty much like the New Year countdown). I know that there were others especially in the provinces who would have wanted to join but were unable to do so. Maybe, next year the whole nation will have the chance to participate if awareness campaigns start early. All of us can do our part to make that happen – spread the word, print it on your shirts, give away buttons, caps or advertising pens promoting Earth Hour 2009 or just simply blog about it.  

YOU can make a difference in your generation for the next one right now! 

Visit Earth Hour.org for more details. 

 

Hey peeps! It’s approximately +- 2 1/2  days to go to Earth Hour. For those of you who are unaware, EARTH HOUR is a global effort initiated by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) meant to inspire people to be aware of and take action on climate change.

This year WWF-Philippines is joining Europe, America and the rest of Asia by switching off lights for one hour. Take note: lights only not appliances! Why? because if everybody turns off even their appliances it could cause a power outage when everybody turns them on again because of the sudden surge of electricity demands. You wouldn’t want one hour turn into one day would you? 

For details on how it’s going to be celebrated here in ‘Pinas  and how you can take part, visit WWF-Philippines online.

Did you know?

that by switching to more energy efficient appliances, like switching from traditional bulky water heaters to space saving tankless water heaters you are taking a proactive stance in helping our world from climate change? So do your part, be an EARTH SAVER!