It’s really amazing to me how far behind the Philippines is when it comes to environmental protection. I heard before I even went to the Philippines, that the Philippine people cherished nature and wanted to protect it. That is so far from what actually happens there.
I read two articles today about environmental things that are just common sense in developed countries. The first was about how the rivers in Cebu city flood all the time and that the city is trying to promote that people stop throwing trash into the river. There is so much garbage in the rivers that they can’t hold the water in and last September 80% of Cebu city streets flooded because of it. The other amazing fact is that 100% of all the fish in these rivers died because the garbage is taking up all the oxygen to decompose.
Now, to us, it seems pretty normal to not throw garbage into the river or even on the street. We have public garbage cans and I hardly see people litter. In the Philippines it’s normal to just throw trash in the river or on the ground with out a thought. I don’t know how they will convince the general public to not do this because most will say, “who cares, it’s not my responsibility”. All the garbage on the street and in the river hurt the local and national economies, but they don’t seem to understand how it affects them. It also brings in problems like an increase in dengue and other mosquito born viruses. But again,they don’t see the connection.
I find it really sad that Filipinos are so blind as to what the place actually looks like.
The next article was that they should have a separate landfill for electronic waste…duh. They seem to just have caught on that there are dangerous chemicals and compounds in electronic trash and appliances. Why they also aren’t collecting the gold out of these things, I have no idea what they are thinking.
It really is amazing to see the stupidity that happens around environmental problems. I’m not saying the west and other developed nations are 100% on the ball. But there are certain things that we seem to have more common sense about.
The few last points are why isn’t the Philippines trying to use more green tech to generate electricity? They got sun, places where the wind really blows because they have a huge shore line, and why they aren’t using wave energy is beyond me since the country is half water. There are also studies being conducted with salt water generating electricity. They have many other ways to generate electricity other than using coal, but they still are trying to build coal power plants. All though there are some solar plants being built and almost ready to go online.
I read that Aquino went and was telling other world leaders how global warming will affect the Philippines more than any other country. This coming from a country that has a really horrible environmental record and most people ride motorcycles that pollute more than a car. If the Philippines wants to be taken more seriously, the best thing they could do is develop clean energy and actually use it in everyday life. Then they could have some Filipino pride. But this won’t happen. Why? because with the “me first” attitude that is rampant in the Philippines, it’s always going to be the other guys responsibility.