I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since Ondoy.
Though I was taking it very lightly Saturday afternoon, the moment I saw on TV the destruction it has caused got me thinking about our lifestyle. And about life.
So, it’s climate change, they say. And I believe it definitely is climate change. But at the same time, I also believe that the flooding caused by Ondoy was ten times worse than many of the floods we’ve had before because we were reckless with our lifestyle. Our cities are overpopulated. Many of us — rich, middle-class, poor — still throw our trash on the street. We cut our trees. Our cars smoke-belch. We don’t recycle. And we still use plastic bags. Our nation would be the perfect case study for National Geographic Channel’s “Supertyphoons.”
Last night, while Aya, Marl, and I were at the Megatent, a scary thought occured: What if all these plastic bags we use for relief become the cause for our next Ondoy?
What should we do? I don’t know what can replace the use of plastic in giving out relief goods either. Suggestions?
“Some are saying it’s an act of God. It’s not. It’s neglect on the part of the government,” architect Felino Palafox Jr. tells Businessworld.
You heard it Rep. Bienvenido Abante? It’s not an act of God. So stop acting like one by imposing your twisted values upon your constituents.
Now, who can do a study on the correlation of overpopulation and climate change?
I take comfort, though, in the thought that the Ondoy tragedy has affirmed my belief that man is basically good. The stories of heroism — of the 18-year old construction worker who, after saving more than 30 people, in exhaustion failed to save himself from the strong currents; the number of neighbors who, despite being stuck in the same predicament as others, extended a helping hand to the elderly, the sick, the little ones, and the many whose lives were in peril; and the thousands who, upon realizing that their brethren strongly need them now more than ever, came together to share their time, money, and other resources — is just overwhelming. Everytime I hear them, my eyes well up with tears.
It makes me hope that many of us will come out of this tragedy more compasionate and more selfless.