Tuesday, January 4, 2011

We All Deserve a Home

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed”. The world is like a factory, it generates resources for all of us living creatures, and it could only provide enough for every single one of us. There is a balance to all of this production, get too much and little will be left for others, get too little and there will be too much resources left. One of the species however, always gets too much of these resources or gathers them the wrong way – us humans.
Habitat destruction is the process in which natural habitat is rendered functionally unable to support the species present. In this process, the organisms which previously used the site are displaced or destroyed, reducing biodiversity. Tropical regions like The Philippines, Madagascar, and other countries mostly found in Southeast Asia are biodiversity hot-spots that feature high concentration of endemic species and, when these locations are combined it may contain half of the world’s terrestrial species.
The greatest misconception that we have about gathering resources is that we gather them because we need them; the truth is sometimes we gather them only because we want more than need. Stocking up on resources doesn’t sound too bad but when every single company stocks up, the impact on the environment will surely be great. This simple task of “stocking up” on resources is probably one of the largest, if not the largest contributor to habitat loss.
Habitat loss is very widespread, especially in the 1st world countries. Why so? Industrialization is one of the main causes of habitat loss, these anthropogenic changes to the land characteristics causes destruction of local habitats and as we all know, these factors cause too much destruction to forests and sea areas. Other human activities that cause habitat loss are mining, logging, fishing and urban sprawl most of which are only factors because they are done improperly and/or excessively.
There are very little we can do about this issue, most of which would need great funding and enforcement by the government. Some of the possible solutions would be protection of the remaining lands which are intact, family planning in highly populated areas and education of the public about the importance of natural habitat and biodiversity. As a citizen, you could help by blogging about the matter or simply education the public by word of mouth. Always remember, “The world can satisfy our need, but not our greed”.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New Frontier

We once again welcomed the New Year with a BANG. Oh, I wonder what kind of BANG this is. Fireworks here and there, smoke EVERYWHERE.

We are all united in this celebration of the coming of the year 2011, but again we begin a year with a chain of polluting firecrackers and the likes. I wonder how happy you would be once you realize that these beautiful lights in the sky have a devastating side effect to our beautiful environment. What do we really get from such anyway? Enjoyment? Amusement? For what? This might seem very trivial to you who does this annually but have you ever thought how many percent of the global population do this annually? Add that up and you'll see that your simple gathering backed up by that brilliant play of lights in the sky is actually contributing to the change in the environment. Think about it.

This occasion may only happen annually, once a year you may say...but like I said, it's that once a year that we start with a BANG. You'll never know when it might actually end with a BANG.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Blast Fishing

Blast fishing a.k.a dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill fish for easy collection. This often illegal practice can affect the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys corals that often supports the fish.

Although outlawed this practice still occurs in the continent of Asia especially here in the Philippines. In the Philippines, where the practice has been well documented, blast fishing dates back to even before World War I, as this activity is mentioned by Ernst J√ľnger in his book Storm of Steel. One 1999 report estimated that some 70,000 fishermen (12% of the Philippines' total fishermen) engaged in the practice.

Extensive hard-to-patrol coastlines and corrupt government help make blast fishing a continuous challenge for the authorities.

Commercial dynamite or, more commonly, homemade bombs constructed using a glass bottle with layers of powdered potassium nitrate and pebbles or an ammonium nitrate and kerosene mixture are often employed. Such devices, though, may explode prematurely without warning, and have been known to injure or kill the person using them, or innocent bystanders.

The explosion creates an underwater shock wave that ruptures the fishes' swim bladders thus stunning them. A small number of fish will float to the surface, but most sink to the bottom. The explosion indiscriminately kill large number of marine creatures and also damages the coral reefs.

Al Gore LIVE in Manila

An Inconvenient Truth part of Al Gore's seminar series held on World Environment Day

An Inconvenient Truth lecture series is part of Former US Vice President Al Gore's seminar series that will open your eyes to the challenges Earth faces because of humankind's ignorance and arrogance. SM Prime Holdings have organized Al Gore in Manila to coincide with World Environment Day and to further promote their claims of environmental concern in all that they do.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Give a Tree as a Gift

Help save the Philippine forests. Give a gift tree.
PhP100 plants a seedling. Be part of the solution.

With every tree planted, the beat of life continues.

Friday, April 2, 2010

We Are the World 25

Haiti's Still in Need

Because of our contribution to the destruction of our planet, many countries in the world are in danger. There is still something we could do. Help Haiti NOW.
click here and find out how.
It is never too late to help.