As I watched the October 13 episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, I was awed by the case of our environment today. Jessica reported about the inclusion of two of the Philippines’ rivers, Marilao’s and Meycuayan’s, both in Bulacan to the “Dirty Thirty,” a list of the dirtiest rivers in the world made by an environmental group called Blacksmith.
In the five years (and counting) that I have stayed inhaling the (now dusty) air of the Metro, the drastic metamorphosis that the city has undergone almost came unnoticed. Industrialization has greatly influenced this, making every landmark heed to its call; progress, and modernization have made their way through the shorelines of our 7,107 islands.
But like some people say, everything has its side effects. Rapid industrialization has actually substantially increased a new factor – Pollution. Air, water, soil, you name it. Even noise is considered one of them. That’s why to protect the environment from the dangerous effects of pollution, many countries worldwide have enacted laws and legislations to regulate the various types of pollution as well as to mitigate their effects to the human body and the whole earth as well. Everyone is doing their job. Well, almost.
For the past travels that I’ve had in Southeast Asia (Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore) I would die of envy for their country’s environments are clean; well, perhaps before they were not, but thanks to the people and their government’s efforts, the results are so far, remarkable. The side effects can still be cured, after all. I know this could also be done to our country, yet nothing happens. But I also know (and hope) it’s still not too late.
Everything starts with a small stepping stone. Let us do whatever we can. Even our own little ways can become a big influence. May it be a simple blog entry, I hope it could help us realize what the environment experiences today.
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