I drove past a sign earlier that said, “CLIMATE CHANGE DELEGATES” for some convention of corrupt politicians to discuss climate change. I pretty much shake my head each time I see that, but I always wonder what they discuss. I would love to attend and demonstrate how it’s not climate change that is fucking up their country, but their own behavior.
They blame the flooding on climate change. Possibly 3 times a year we see the flooding in Manila, the people are crying, business screeches to a halt, some people die, they talk about climate change, and you see images of pinoys wading through flooded streets. Of course, they blame climate change each time and say it’s the fault of progressive countries for polluting so much. They really love to blame China and the USA for some reason.
What very few actually report is the rivers are filled with garbage. Namely, the Pasig river, which is one of the biggest, if not the major waterway in Manila. I actually feel really bad for that river being surrounded by millions of dirty Filipinos. It never stood a chance and its been dead for over 20 years now. Here is a brief history on it. (from Wikipedia)
· 1930s: Fish migration from Laguna Lake slowed
· 1950s: Bathing activities declined
· 1960s: Washing of clothing was forced to stop and ferry service declined
· 1970s: The river began to give off a smell
· 1980s: All fishing activities were forced to stop
· 1990s: The river was declared biologically dead
It is estimated there is up to 3 meters/ 12 feet of garbage filled in some areas of the river and another estimate claims 5 tons of garbage is thrown in the river each day. So, these morons have been throwing garbage in the rivers for decades. Then they also throw their garbage anywhere on the ground, which basically clogs the shoddy drainage system.
Then when it rains heavy, it floods so easily. Then the images of crying, death, flooding, etc come streaming over all media. However, as soon as the water starts to subside, they are right back to the same behavior.
Why?? Climate change of course. These morons just love using that as an excuse. It’s what they understand cause it doesn’t put any blame on them for THEIR actions.
When we hear about mudslides, they don’t tell you they illegally logged all the trees on the mountain-side. No trees on a mountain + rainy environment + loose soil = mudslides. Craziness is, the people of the town or village that gets destroyed watched the loggers doing the work. The local mayor probably got a cut of the profit or took a bribe to let it happen and the people of the area probably took part in the jobs taking down the trees. Then of course when the mudslide happens, the crying and begging start.
Natural Calamities happen. However, the Philippines turns a natural disaster into a catastrophe. For example: typhoon Yolanda, they had plenty of funds (from abroad) to rebuild good homes. Hollow blocks are like 20 pesos a piece and the international community donated so there was no cost by the actual Filipino gov’t. Plus, there were just a bunch of Filipinos sitting around with nothing to do. So instead of building something durable, they purchase some shoddy overpriced trailers that fell apart.
It is part of the Filipino psyche to never learn. When the consequences catch up, then it’s someone else’s fault. China and the USA had nothing to do with the environmental issues of the Philippines, but don’t tell that to a “proud pinoy”.Published in