a Blog Action Day 2009 post, with Renzie Baluyut.
After being hit by Typhoon Ondoy/International Storm Ketsana, Metro Manila has already moved on, albeit begrudgingly. What can you do when a massive flood hits the city, really? As soon as the waters subsided, we all just picked up the pieces and got back to work. Life just had to go on. So now, everyone is all about recovering and rebuilding.
So OK, the worst is probably over. But the entire Typhoon Ondoy/ International Storm Ketsana episode was a complete eye-opener. How could seemingly harmless everyday-variety tropical rain be so incredibly widespread and destructive? You can read about my own personal Ondoy/Ketsana experience here.
Some people would lament about how corrupt and terribly inadequate the Philippine government is when it comes to disaster preparedness, city planning and population control. You have politicians pandering for votes and tastelessly politicking at such an inopportune time. Quite possibly true, I would say. Heck, I got the impression it was the regular folk- Filipinos from all over, and people from the international community, who really stepped up and made a difference helping each other out– a rare, but inspiring display of love for country, if you ask me.
Like I said, a wake-up call.
The blog posts I published a couple of weeks back was a slap-in-the-face wake up call, not just for people in Metro Manila, but for everyone around the country. Thanks to all the activity going on on Facebook at the height of the rains and flooding, I was able to keep track of important updates on rescue and relief operations, as well as Typhoon Ondoy/International Storm Ketsana pictures from all over the National Capital Region.
Let’s look at the bigger picture now. Climate change. Drastic changes in our atmosphere and environment causes shifts in global air currents, and therefore, changes in weather patterns all over the world. The result: famine- because food production is hit, war- because conflicts will erupt over scarce resources, and yes, flooding- just like it did a couple of weeks back here in Metro Manila.
This December, world leaders will meet to discuss the global response to climate change- and this blog is part of the worldwide effort to make our collective blog statement be heard.
In the Philippines, we will be having our elections next year. I sure hope people won’t forget what they had gone through with Typhoon Ondoy/International Storm Ketsana. Remember the good people in government who actually made a difference in the aftermath of the floods. Take note of the ones who don’t think it’s urgent enough to deal with population control, the environment, and more responsible city planning, just to get their grubby little fingers on more votes and taxpayer money.
As for ourselves- to you, my dear reader and fellow denizen of the blogosphere- spread the word. Educate people. Recycle. Heck, use less paper and plastic. Switch off, power down and unplug whenever you can. Do webinars. Support the local markets. Buy responsibly. Plant some trees. Visit websites and other blogs and learn more on how you can help in the continuing effort to deal with climate change. Then spread the word, and educate people some more.
Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web.
Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change is sponsored by Change.org. This blog: The Life & Times of The Renzie Man, together with thousands of other blogs (11,483 other blogs to be exact) all around the world (from 155 countries), is part of the massive effort to get people to actually do something about dealing with climate change.