It’s summer time once again and I’m pretty sure we’re all getting used to the heat of the oven, a.k.a. the Philippine weather.
One might think that we’re already accustomed to the magnitudes of living in a tropical country – but this summer is different.
Somehow, the temperature is even higher, the warmth extends until nighttime, and the humidity has increased, which puts the cherry on top of the cake. El Niño season is here again and it is taking a toll not only on our sanity, but also on our health and the agriculture business.
Since the sweltering heat not only dampens our skin but also messes with our mood, I have been in constant efforts in trying to keep my cool.
However, in the midst of doing so, I can’t help but think how much Global Warming has worsened and I can only imagine what could happen in the next few years.
Before I try to sing the words “is it too late now to say sorry?” to Mother Nature, perhaps it is much better to actually take matters into our own hands and just do something about it.
The seventh environmental principle states that we are “stewards of God’s creation,” so I think it is time to properly fill the position and incorporate it into our daily lives. Here are some doable things we can do:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
I know this is another one of those clichés, but these three R’s can potentially be of great help once we commit ourselves into doing it. We can s tart by reusing plastic bags when we go grocery shopping or maybe using the backside of a paper to limit consumption. These things may seem minimal but if done altogether, it creates a big impact.
- Save Water
This one may be hard given the frequent showers we tend to take during hot weather but we can still compromise and limit our use to 5-7 minutes. Better yet, we can use our good old Filipino friend: “tabo” or dipper to save water.
- Limit Energy Consumption
Pull out the plug of an appliance when not in use to save energy. It is not only helpful for the environment – it saves our wallets too!
- Donate Unusable Clothes
Donating clothes for the purpose of recycling them actually helps in the environment. Did you know that saving a t-shirt equates to saving 2,100 liters of water? Yup, you read that right! You can hand old clothes for recycling to companies like H&M, especially if you have piles of clothing that are only cluttering your home.
Carpooling is beneficial in a lot of ways. We can save money from gas, lessen the load of traffic, and reduce the pollution emitted from automobiles. It’s a win-win-win situation!
- Plant Trees
Lastly, another important thing we can do is plant more trees. Although this is something we need to go out of our way to accomplish, we must be reminded that it can greatly impact our environment. Trees can clean the air, provide shelter for animals, prevent erosion, and yes, even reduce temperature.
It is important that we try to replace the trees that were cut for our consumption, not only for sustainability but also for the future of our earth and the human race. (Written by: Gen Sagcal)