A friend sent in an email about seeing a creek, running along a main city thoroughfare, that’s brimming full of garbage. Informal settlers’ houses line the creek; and it’s easy to deduce it’s not by magic the trash appeared on its current location. What she saw is evidence that we, the people, are partly responsible for the calamity that befell us. Flood waters can’t flow properly along the designed tributaries.
Aghast, as everybody would, she asked “Are we just blind?“ True, we’ve turned our eyes away like we did not see. “…or have we simply just gotten so used to it?” She then wrote that we can do something about it, and floated some suggestions.
How about us: what can we do about it? Cleaning up and de-clogging the water arteries in Metro-Manila need to be done; but for the long term, we have to change and do away with certain bad habits.
The next generation, hopefully, they would know better than we do now. Let’s start teaching them the good green habits while they’re young. The science of global warming and climate change might be too advanced to most of them; but there are tales and fables we can use to assist us. One is a story written by Mary Ann Ordinario-Floresta and illustrated by Pepper Roxas, entitled, Flying Trash (Ang Basurang Lumilipad).