On environmentalism and love for our children

Some people have this notion that environmentalists are vegetarian radical geeks who go around wearing “Save the Earth!” sandwich placards.

But really, if you think about it, shouldn’t we be all environmentalists? Our children and their future will inherit the same Earth we have today. And at the rate that it is deteriorating, what inheritance are we speaking of?

I chanced upon this Jet Propulsion Lab simulation of environmental changes – both past and projected future -, and the picture looks bleak.

Air pollution is getting worse. Last month, this news item came out saying that Metro Manila air is the most polluted in the world according to a DENR report. Doesn’t that shock you?

Yet, day in, day out, I see cars idling around my kids’ school as I wait for dismissal time. These cars are emitting fumes that our children breathe in. Where is the sense in that? And then we complain that our kids are always getting sick.

While it’s true that the biggest polluters are industries such as factories, oil refineries and power plants, we all have a part to play. Besides, it is being apathetic to say that we do not contribute to pollution.

It really doesn’t take much to be an environmentalist. Uh, no need to wear sandwich placards.

Here are some tips we can all start doing now:

1. Don’t idle in the car. Turn off that engine, because you’re not only putting out dangerous fumes, you’re also burning money.

2. Bring reusable bags to the supermarket. I do this. Supermarkets also have reward systems to encourage this practice. Ever since I started shopping at Shopwise using their reusable bags, I’ve probably saved P5,000.00 in discounts!

3. Recycle! My helper sets aside all plastic bottles and sells them to a junk-shop every month. That’s additional income for her as well.

4. Bring your own reusable water bottle and stop buying bottled water. The bottled water industry is one of the bigger polluters.

5. Avoid the practice of burning leaves and other backyard waste also called ‘pagsisiga’. Besides, this is against the Clean Air Act.

6. Use biofuels to fill up your vehicles; they have cleaner emissions.

Can you add to the list?


Speaking of the environment, the BP oil spill is in the Gulf of Mexico is probably one of the worst environmental maritime accidents. To better understand the incident and its implications, I found this timeline summary. The issue has become so big. But we also forget that a lot of people are affected by this accident. Primarily, those who are working out there on site are victims too. For families who were affected and are looking into their options, there are law firms such Texas Maritime lawyers that can assist you.

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