“We know this is going to come but we never expected it to happen this fast and so soon,” my activist friend wrote me.
And that exactly what it was few weeks ago and it is still what it is right now in Cordillera and parts of Northern Luzon in the Philippines.
In what was previously confined in every environmentalists, activists and experts’ imagination and graphical presentations, the picture perfect scenarios of the things that are forthcoming, happened exactly the way they are presented, GRIM!
Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng efficiently delivered the GRIM message that caught everyone by surprise, right where it mattered the most, inside the houses and communities of many Pinoys.
GRIM is for helplessness, pains, hardships, agonies, tragedies, destruction and deaths. GRIM is a word to describe the effects of Climate Change which, Mother Nature wants us all to know and understand.
GRIM is a word that tells us that Climate Change is not just a buzzword or something that is written on air, on top of the flowing waters of the Pacific Ocean and China Sea or a smoke that will disappear but rather a reality. It is a looming catastrophe that we created and whether we like it or not, it will destroy us all. Perhaps not today or not tomorrow but surely it will, anytime.
And just like what my friend wrote me, “We know this is going to come but we never expected it to happen this fast and so soon,”
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In my country at this very moment as I write this: While the blame game continues, while politicking thrives, while many of those affected Filipinos are still struggling and trying to make sense out of the desperate situation they are into and, while you are scratching your head figuring out what i am saying here, you, who were spared but who have seen a lot of these devastation through the different media outlets, cell phones and internet; you, the one who is reading this, I want to ask you the same few simple questions that my activist friend asked me a couple of years ago.
Honestly, what have you done to Mother Nature lately?
Did you Help PRESERVE or did you Help DESTROY it.
You may or may not answer me by writing your comment here but just the same, thank you so much for your time. And before you go away, I am sharing with you this interesting and beautiful video. I am afraid that one day (perhaps sooner or later), everything that you will see here (including this video) might be gone forever. So, please watch carefully and remember everything.
I do not want to tell you what you must do because I am not an expert on Climate Change but I know THAT you know what will happen.
This is my post for the Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change that is happening today.
Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. One day. One issue. Thousands of voices.
Climate change affects us all and it threatens more than the environment. It threatens to cause famine, flooding, war, and millions of refugees.
Given the urgency of the issue of climate change and the upcoming international climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December, we think the blogosphere has the unique opportunity to mobilize millions of people around expressing support for finding a sustainable solution to the climate crisis.