To everyone who posts IG stories about their mountain climb “soul searching” make sure you’re responsible. A lot of you are still littering up the mountains.
I see your trash. No. Of course not. No. Ofcourse not. It’s not a freaking– who the hell said it’s a hoax? It’s not a hoax because it’s scientifically proven. I believe it’s real but I feel like some people refute it because they don’t personally feel the effects. I think that it’s real because throughout the years I’ve personally observed a lot of changes in our climate. Recently with Typhoon Tisoy we were the only country to get hit. That was the only Typhoon in
that season and it wasn’t even rainy season anymore. When I was younger usually the rainy season lasted from June to August or September. But now I observed that
summer lasts until June to July. I’ve noticed stronger typhoons. I’m from Tacloban and
we were the first to get hit by typhoons. My family tells me that
typhoons weren’t that strong in the past. It feels like it gets hotter every year. Recently it has been getting colder than ever. Maybe it’s just me but it’s getting hotter than ever colder than ever. Literally the temperature and
the climate in general has been going haywire. Climate change is felt
not only in the changes in weather. The agricultural sector can also
attest to it because of the droughts and the water crisis. How can you say that it’s not real when so many problems have been arising because of climate change. Yes, I am. Pretty much, yeah. No. No. But I am aware of what carbon footprint is. Personally I don’t think
I know what my carbon footprint is. I think I have an idea based on my daily activities. I do so many things in life so I feel like I’m leaving a big carbon footprint but I don’t really think about it. I guess I leave footprints
when I use Grab or when I use plastic straws. The best thing that I currently do is
usually commute, but that’s actually a challenge now. I ride the UV Express so
that basically has carbon emissions. I bike to work.
So everyday from Monday to Friday, I would
bring my bike to and from Marcos Highway to Libis. Which isn’t that bad? People think that’s a
huge distance but think of it this way, If I bring a car it’s going to
take me an hour and a half to probably two hours. But then when I take my bike, it’s only 30 minutes. From the moment we’re born to the day we die we naturally have a carbon footprint and it’s a challenge to reduce that
just by trying to limit what you do in your life. But I can say that my
carbon footprint is pretty average. You really see the difference when you try alternative things to help reduce your carbon footprint. Just try different things
and hopefully it would help. It’s all about the desire to help
or the desire to try to improve yourself for everyone’s sake. Yes. Yeah! I love trees. Yes, if it’s on a national scale. I don’t know. It can only do so much. Recently the Amazon Forest
was purposely burned down to the point that it may be irreversible. One of my advocacies is for reforestation There has been a decline in the Philippines’
forest cover throughout the years. I believe that if we take
reforestation and preserving forests seriously we can mitigate the effects of
natural disasters that routinely plague the country. Adding trees or even planting trees and putting it inside urban development, it helps a lot. I spend most of the time
riding my bike baking under the hot sun until I reach sections with
tree cover and it just uplifts me. I realized that the breeze is pretty cool,
we just don’t have enough shade. I think that tree cover
would encourage people to walk or bike and in turn reduce
congestion on the roads and emissions. The Philippines would benefit greatly if
reforestation is consistently planned and executed. Oh I love the GCash app. Yeah, I actually participate now with the save the forest thing. The one were you… yeah. Wow bro, it’s like Tamagotchi but with trees. Oh it’s like a game! Oh! My green energy is at 4-digits! I have 1,470 points. Can you see it? This is a pretty good initiative.
I’d probably use GCash. People have been telling me to use it for a while now. Actually my first impression is that this is great. They were able to link the
cashless lifestyle to saving the environment. So basically what you do has a
physical manifestation at a certain point. It’s not just talking about saving the Earth, you’re actually contributing a tree. Which in turn could save the Earth. It’s so clever! You’re going cashless and at the same you’re earning green points. It’s creating awareness and at the same time Helping the environment while we’re learning. It takes little effort but you’re actually helping. It’s your individual social responsibility. You’re doing things for yourself while being able to contribute to something bigger than yourself. Talking about the climate can be very technical and It can be very boring to some people because they have other things to worry about. For GCash to turn it into some sort of game,
to “gamify” it is a very interesting step forward. It can be the first step towards
learning about climate change or planting trees. I honestly feel really happy about it
because at least it’s a digital step. Around, I guess 80 or 90 percent of Filipinos within urban areas have this so that hits a lot of groups. That’s a lot of groups. So I think this is a more tangible way. And this is actually really good. Yes. For sure. Oh yeah definitely. Individual human activities has had a huge impact on climate change. For example, littering blocks our drains and cause heavy floods in certain areas especially now that we’re experiencing stronger typhoons. And I think that also relates to our discipline as individuals when it comes to proper waste disposal. It’s a grey question? There’s the corporate area
and there’s the individual area. On the individual area you can only do so much. But the thing is what you do is very small [compared] to what
the corporate area can actually affect. Actually the biggest contributor to emissions is the transportation sector at least for the Philippines. And in terms of waste it’s household waste. All of those fall under personal carbon footprint. With you being in control of
how you choose your transportation you’re choice on higher
emission options of transport is on you. Even with small changes that we commit to has a positive snowball effect in the long run. There are some things that
you can do on the individual level. It’s not gonna be that much, but then it’s gonna be something. I hope not. No and Yes something like that. I think there is hope to make an impact,
to change the course. There are plenty of efforts not
just in the government sector but also in private companies. For example they’re transitioning into energy efficiecy. There are new methods coming out of brilliant minds that are just not being implemented as much and it’s a matter of discomfort. Are politicians or are the people who run the world comfortable with taking risks? What people can do? Like what Imentioned a while ago, lifestyle change. Like choosing to bring your own containers
or bags is a small step but it can make a big impact just because the biggest waste contributor in the Philippines is personal or household wastes. So even if you prevent just
one bottle from going to waste while it makes a small impact,
at least you did something to contribute. To everyone who posts IG stories about their mountain climb “soul searching” make sure you’re responsible. I see a lot of Luzon mountains
now just littered with trash. I know the LGUs are trying to do their best to help clean up the mountains or the places But a lot of you are still littering up the mountains.
I see your trash. This has been a long standing problem and everyone has been informed about it. But it seems that nothing is being done about it.
So in that sense it kind of feels like it’s too late. But I think since our generation is next in line to the higher-up positions maybe we can change the ‘business as usual’ of companies and governments. I think there is hope but we just need to try. We can do it if we all just band together. We’re leaving this planet in what 70 years? 80 years? Hopefully this can be enjoyed by the future generations. A saying we had in one of our projects was ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.’ So yeah. Instead of dwelling on past failures we
should just do what we can now. Solutions? There are some coming but we can do more. and GCash Forest is like a really good step and I hope we can more of these in the future.