Going Green



Global warming is now an urgent problem that governments from countries all over are scrambling to address. The effects of it are such that no nation has been left untouched, and because of the massive scale of damage and destruction that global warming has been wreaking worldwide, people everywhere are suddenly on the edge of their seats, wracking their brains for solutions to the problems brought about by hundreds of years worth of pollution, environmental abuse, and just plain old carelessness.

In the local setting, one of the most telltale signs of global warming is the extreme weather patterns we have been having.

It was only in the last few years that we have gained a deeper understanding of global warming and what it has been doing to the worldwide climate. When we began feeling the cataclysmic events one after another, we finally stopped dead in our tracks and decided that, hey, global warming really IS a serious issue and maybe it’s about time we do something about it before the whole planet implodes.

Global warming conventions were held and leaders from all over flocked to such events. The gravity of the situation was assessed, and it was decided that every country must do its share to help curb the impact of our environmentally damaging ways. And just like that, an all-out campaign to save the environment was underway.

So what can we do to help alleviate the impact of global warming? Not all of us can join those international conventions, or have the media mileage to do campaigns, but there are plenty of other ways we can adapt and hopefully mitigate the negative impact we have made on this earth.

For those of you living in the Quezon City area, an ordinance was passed banning the use of plastic bags, especially in groceries and malls. If customers in such places still prefer a plastic shopping bag, they will be required to pay a “green fee” (usually Php 2 per bag) for every bag they use. Plastic has long been an enemy to the environment, and local governments finally recognizing this and banning its use is at least a step toward rehabilitating our land.

It is not enough that our local governments are finally taking action. For us to make a dent, we have to partner with the government’s efforts and do our share, too. We have been told time and again that recycling is good for the environment, but how many of us have actually listened to this and put it into action? Now is the perfect time to start. Plastic containers can be used again to store other items or substances. Some people have even gotten imaginative and creative and found new ways to recycle plastic and other similar items. Bags, decorative items, and other accessories made from recycled materials are now becoming popular, giving people a fun, encouraging push for them to recycle.

Aside from recycling, one of the best things we can do to help the environment is to segregate our waste. This is yet another one of those often-repeated reminders, but somehow, we forget to put this into practice. If everyone would just put trash in its proper category, our problems with pollution would drop significantly because we can properly dispose of our waste.

No to plastic bags, recycle, segregate. These are all common slogans used in the drive to help save the environment. Because these words are so often repeated to us, we most likely hear without listening anymore.

But maybe if we put things in proper perspective, we may be more motivated to act. The next time you may be feeling lazy to segregate your waste, or just drop that little piece of trash while walking along the road, think for a moment how your small and seemingly insignificant action will impact the bigger picture. If you are one among the many who think that throwing your trash just about anywhere is harmless because someone else will clean up anyway, think about the massive flooding we have experienced these last few years. Think back to Ondoy, Habagat, and other similar incidents. Everything we do has a consequence, and sooner or later, nature will always make us feel the consequences of our actions.

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