Prof. L. Memije-Cruz distinguishes herself in the academe as an outstanding educator receiving numerous awards and citations.
Origin of the Earth
Almost 5 billion years ago, a mass of earth, air, water and fire, brought together by cosmic forces, and small pieces of planet material interacted. It came to pass that the whirling object of elements and substances metamorphosed into the blue and green and brown creation we know as Planet Earth with all of nature is the Mother of us all.
Mother Earth has produced and nurtured all life since the beginning of time. She has provided us with a natural environment of bracing wind and breathable air, magical forests and edible plants,poetic blue oceans and sea and potable water, dreamful rainbows and nourishing rains, storybook streams and irrigating rivers, picturesque landscapes and arable bands, dazzling flowers and delicious fruits.
Mother Earth is the source not only of life, but also of all beauty. Some make life not only possible and beautiful, but also filled with wonder and with meaning.
But Mother Earth is now in danger. Our life-giving planet is on the brink of the graves disaster she has ever been made to face.
Global Environmental Crisis
For many years, the threat of nuclear annihilation stared her down. Man's madness and propensity with war, produced weapons for mass destruction which could eventually wipe out most of humanity and much of nature, had they been used. The thawing of the Cold War between the USA and Soviet Union has given us temporary reprieve from the nightmare. But now, another threat to all forms of life has risen, and stalks all corners of the Earth.
This new horror, a great part of man-made, has been given a name as ominous as nuclear annihilation. The GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS.
Global Warming and Climate Change
What are the issues involved when we talk about global environmental crisis?
These are global warming, climate change, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity, water pollution, forest destruction, corals and mangrove destruction and coral bleaching, air pollution and population growth.
We are going through a critical phase of Global Warming as more and more carbon dioxide is being released into the higher atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels.The atmospheric blanket absorbs and traps the heat of the sun like greenhouse, increasing the planet's temperature and creating the Greenhouse Effect.
Global warming is the global-average temperature increase that has been observed over the last one hundred years or more. But to many politicians and the public, the term carries the implication that mankind is responsible for that warming. More than half of the world's Nobel laureats and the National Academy of Sciences warned that global warming is the most serious environmental threat of the twenty-first century. The thermal heat expansion may result in a 3 to 5 foot rise in the sea level around the world that could swallow island nations and low-lying countries.
Climatologists, scientists and researchers believed that climate change is an alteration in the average weather which a particular region experiences. This change involves patterns of temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and seasons on a global scale.
Changes due to a more frequent and severe storms, floods, and droughts and warmer temperatures, present threatening risks to the well-being and livelihoods of millions of people in the Third World countries or simply the poor people who depend on the land and coastal resources for their survival.
Researchers, climatologists and scientists considered climate change as one of the greatest social, economic and environmental threats of our time. Most of them said that it is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of the weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. According to them, it could be a change in the average weather conditions or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change adverse impacts are already evident and may intensify over time.
Scientific evidences indicate that since 1950, the world's climate has been warming already, primarily due to emissions from unfettered burning of fossil fuels and the razing of tropical forests. The said adds to the atmosphere's invisible blanket of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases. Recent researches found that methane flowing from landfills, livestock and oil and gas facilities, is a close second to carbon dioxide in terms of the impact on the atmosphere.
As a result of intemperate use of chlorofluorocarbons, our protective sky has literally been opened with giant hole in the atmospheric ozone layer which keeps out harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs migrate to the upper portion of the atmosphere where they are broken down by the sun's rays, releasing the atoms of chlorine which destroy ozone.
According to the National Aeronuotics and Space Administration (NASA) predicted that there would be a 10% depletion of the ozone layer worldwide by 2050. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), also warned that the loss of ozone of the said magnitude would result in millions of cases of skin cancers from exposure to increased ultraviolet radiation.
Ozone depletion could lead to damage of the immune systems of animals and humans due to vulnerability to outbreaks of long- established diseases and pathogens. Likewise, plants, plankton would be heavily damaged by the ultraviolet radiation.
Loss of Biodiversity
The Biological Diversity of the planet is threatened as an increasing number of distinct kinds of plants and animals and microorganisms die out or become extinct with the destruction of their ecosystems and habitat.
The viability of humans is threatened too by the irretrievable loss of species, ecosystems, gene pools and ecological processes, since we derive from them practically all our needs such as food, clothing, shelter and. medicine.
Plants and animals provide us with aesthetic value in making the entire world so beautiful. They also provide us with a sense of familiarity, continuity and a sense of place which is so important in mainstreaming our sense of security in places where we are into.
Our seas, rivers, oceans and streams are already being polluted by all kinds of wastes, effluents, toxic chemicals and lately by massive oil spills with unfold harmful effects on oil forms of the aquatic life making up the freshwater and marine ecosystems)
The forests are past being depleted with tragic consequences for the soil; in some places, soil erosion through wind or water does not stop. In others, desertification has already set in and continuously spreading.
Forest destruction is intimately related to the degradation of biological diversity. The forest ecosystems nurture avast variety of life forms which sustain life through food and herbal medicine.
Corals and mangrove destruction and coral bleaching
In tropical countries like the Philippines, the destruction of corals and mangroves which are the breeding grounds of fish and other aquatic life destroys not only the natural beauty of the environment but also the livelihood of millions of fisherman.
Air pollution and population growth
Finally, as if to dramatize the pall of doom that looms over the planet, the grimy shroud of air pollution hovers in the sky above densely populated and combustion engine clogged cities, causing disease and debilitation and a growing number of pollution-related deaths.
A video on Global Environmental Crisis
The Threatening Global Environmental Crisis
Links on Global Environmental Crisis
- Global Environment: Considering U.S. Policy | Teaching with the News | Brown University
- Environmental Issues — Global Issues
The environmental issues part of global issues web site looks at issues such as biodiversity, climate change and global warming, genetically engineered or modified food, human population, animal and nature conservation and natural disasters.
- The Worldwide Environmental Crisis | Global Research
Climate Summit 2014
The Climate Summit 2014 will be held on September 23,2014, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA. Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders are expected to attend the said summit. The Summit is designed to catalyze action by governments, business, finance, industry, and civil society in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable contributions to the Summit that hopefully may help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to forge a solid foundation on which to anchor successful negotiations and sustained progress on the road to reduce emissions and strengthen adaptation strategies.
Climate Summit 2014
- UN Climate Summit - UN Climate Summit 2014
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites all to the UN climate summit 23 September, 2014, New York. Climate change is a problem, it needs to be addressed.
A fitting end to this article is through adapting the pledge given by Bella Abzug. Saving Mother Earth in our own little ways will make a big difference.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Family of Earth
"I pledge allegiance to the Earth, and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports: one planet, indivisible,with safe air, water, and soil, economic justice, equal rights, and peace for all." - Bella Abzug
Aies Lantoria on July 04, 2019:
In this generation the real fact is that We cannot deny the reality that the whole globe is truly affected by the so called Global environmental crisis in which every Juan is a victim, complainant and a suspect in the happenings around Mother Earth.
Global warming is the most rampant issue nowadays , Global warming is the average temperature of Earth has increases since 1950 until now the temperature continuing increasing. Global warming can also refers to climate change that causes an increase in the average of temperature. However global warming are causes by natural events and human that are believed to be contribute to increase in average temperatures.
If wea can hear the voice of Mother Earth asking for a help the only word that we can hear is Respect because every Juan will be a victim of its own crime.,As per Miss Earth 2004 Priscilla Meirelles "Who suffer is us, humankind. And love is what would solve our problem". We are responsible to the sustainable trashes which affect humans life, We people are the one who can clean and take back the Mother Earth to its finest green and clear.
Our earth is “sick”. We humans need to “heal” the earth. Global Warming have causes many problem for human but we human who make global warming happens. Many people have died because of disease or disaster. It also affects the economics of the country. However, we need to be reduce the global warming by using less gasoline, recycle and human should help to reduce global warming instead of making the earth temperature increased. Our generation should start taking care of the earth because in the next generation they will suffer if we do not do reduce global warming. Therefore, global warming is a serious issue now. As a Political Science student we are learning it because we need to understand the effect of climate change that will affect our country the world that we will lead tomorrow and we can start saving the earth.
Justine Pastor on July 01, 2019:
PASTOR, JUSTINE JAMES S.
"The Life of human, is indeed connected to the Environment."
Time has gone so fast, our Environment is started to destructed. Not because of the natural phenomena, but because of those people who abused our one and only Mother Earth. Yes! Intentional or unintentional, we slowly destroy the Environment that God given us. We're failed to took an action, to fulfill our responsibilities in protecting and preserving our natural resources. Then, at this point of time we're facing the consequences such as; Global warming, Different pollution, Extinction of flora and fauna that was all made by us, humans. Because of all of these problems humans are being charged for all of the things that they made.
Based on Ms. Karen Beck Pooley, a Professor of Practice of Political Science and the Director of Lehigh University's Environmental Policy Design program, told IPS: "One thing that we've always known but we haven't paid as much attention to until fairly recently is the degree to which people's immediate environments affect their health." In this time, globalization and modernization is one of the factors why we forget to pay attention to our Environment. We never look for the solutions to preserve our Environment. As a matter of fact, we focused more on modernizing our Earth while our Mother Earth is suffering from it.
As a Political Science Student, I am with any one of you. Fighting the same advocacy, highlighting the adverse effects of Global Environmental Crisis. And encouraging our fellow people to look for such answers that could be solved the problem in Global Warming. Let's conserve our Mother Earth, and let the new generation see how beautiful the world is.
Reenel John Gojar Samson on July 01, 2019:
SAMSON, REENEL JONH G.
As time goes by, various of environmental crisis emerged in our globe and it was resulted to severe effects not just to us but also to Mother Earth. There are different factors that triggers our environment to revenge us misery in the form of environmental crisis and one of these is our gross misconduct towards environment. As per Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco stated, " The real problem in this world is not climate change it is our ignorance and apathy". Based on her statement, we cannot deny the fact that it is our mistake why we are suffering environmental crisis. For me, Human Garbages and Trashes, Pollution, and Illegal Mining, Fishing and Logging are three major causes of environmental crisis.
First, Human Trashes and Garbages. Why is it hard for people to segregate their garbage? Why is it hard for us to put our trashes to proper trashcan? According to World Bank (2019), "In 2016, the worlds' cities generated 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste, amounting to a footprint of 0.74 kilograms per person per day. With rapid population growth and urbanization, annual waste generation is expected to increase by 70% from 2016 levels to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050". Our problem with garbages becomes bigger and it is indeed disturbing.
Second, Pollution. Any forms of pollution nullifies the setting of our ecosystem. Massive machines and factories are the main contributor of pollution. It harms the biodiversity in land, water and air. Many species lost their habitat due to uncontrollable pollution. The ozone layer is slowly desolating. We are now living in an ocean of dirty air. And worst, each of us do not notice that we are contributing unintentionally to pollution.
Lastly, Illegal Mining, Fishing and Logging. This has been an issue for many countries around the world. Illegal mining destroy mountains that caused landslide and water and air contamination while illegal fishing leads to the destruction of coral reefs and marine ecosystem that resulted to extinction of some of marine species and then the illegal logging that exterpate the forest and it resulted to floods. Geophysical entities of the earth gets damage due to illegal practices towards environment done by humans.
To end this, I would like to say that it is our responsibility to protect and preserve Mother Earth for the next generation to have a better place to live in. Exert macro effort and it will result to a macro effect. We are the catalyst for change. Change lies within us. Start to have an eco-friendly and clean lifestyle before it gets too late.
Olegario, Nathalie M. on June 30, 2019:
OLEGARIO, NATHALIE M.
A few years ago, I was wondering how convenient our life would be if everything is technology-based. Who would not want an easier life? Surely, nobody would. But now, as a person who is now starting to face the consequences of the issues involved in the global environment crisis, all I can say is that I am very worried that we are getting used to worst conditions. However, the question is, how much longer can our Mother Earth support life if we are the ones who destroys her?
They say that having a resilience is an essential quality that makes one a Filipino. This important Filipino value has been tested by numbers of hard times that we have faced. But what if this value that we are proud of is actually a bad attitude to have when too much applied in our daily life? Resilience is the “ability to smile away and laugh off whatever hardships come on our way” as what the former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said on his twitter post. But the problem with it is that because of having too much resilience, we tend to simply wait for the problems to pass instead of solving it entirely. One example situation for this is, when we encounter some natural disasters that are caused by human activities. Because of how much we are used to it, we just shrug it off as if it is not a big deal. “People have a tendency to look myopically at the future and be forgetful of the past,” Meyer said. “They have a vivid memory that a natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake has occurred in past, but they forget how it feels. The emotion of the event fades rapidly. Yet it is these emotions that trigger constructive actions.” And there, I started to believe that history does not repeat itself, people do. As we continue to practice complacency in the guise of resilience, we also continue to kill the place we supposed to treat as home. If I will talk about this in a political manner, I strongly believe that we can also associate the downside of resilience as one of the reasons that keep us, Filipinos, to seek accountability from the government and call for real solutions to the real problems.
Our planet is at breaking point. If we believe that we, humans, have every right to be on earth, we must be putting in our minds as well that we have the responsibility to preserve it. We have to learn to take care of where we live for there is no other place for us to go. We may suffer soon because of the planet’s irreversible damage but remember that Burke once said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
ALFONSO, FRANCES NIKKA CASA on June 30, 2019:
ALFONSO, FRANCES NIKKA CASA
Planet Earth is the most unique planet that exists in the solar system, milky way galaxy, and among the whole universe that we know as of today. The prime reason for such declaration is that only Earth is habitable with its life-supporting atmosphere, water, soil, and natural resources. It is the home to several species of plants and animals, which means that the human race is not alone in the quest for survival. Mother Earth with all her flora and fauna are not present just to satiate men. The human race does not own any other biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem. We are just simply another borrower of life who must thrive with them side by side without putting them into the brink of non-existence. It is true that there is hierarchy of life and we are on top of it, because we have the capacity to think rationally unlike the other species. However, this does not mean that we are the most important. We are actually ought to be the stewards of all living and non-living things through cherishing Mother Earth and not continuing to be the cause of her perishing.
It is not just all humanity that is in the grip of a global crisis, rather it is the planet that faces near oblivion. The once colorful paradise we used to live in is now reduced to a gloomy state that is almost black and white due to air, land, and water pollution. The natural boon of our haven turned to gruesome bane accumulating from global warming, climate change, and ozone depletion that trigger detrimental diseases even unknown before, apart from the fact that bodies of water are already rising and land masses are sinking. Plant and animal life continues to plow downhill as loss of biodiversity, coral bleaching, forest and mangrove destruction are worsened by men's indifference to other creatures. After all of these, population growth is still ballooning and if mankind of today does not halt in their planet-killing antics, nothing will be left for the future generations.
As a young student who is in the field of Political Science, I pledge allegiance to the Earth. I will be the catalyst of change in my own simple ways such as lessening my plastic use and carbon emissions by utilizing alternative materials and systems. Then, when I grow up and pursue my career, I will push vital transformations in the Philippines through supporting and implementing environmental advocacies and laws. If Costa Rica can aim to be a carbon neutral country, all nations worldwide can also follow the pursuit and Mother Earth can finally breathe in relief. We must always remember that the Earth was uniquely given to us, it is a blessing that we have to take care of. The whole of mankind must reinvent its ways to live longer, healthier, and happier. If not, then we all must endure the grave consequences of Mother Earth's wrath.
Mahmoud, Mohammad A. on June 30, 2019:
Mahmoud, Mohammad A.
In the last 200 years of human existence we have successfully created one of the greatest man-made disasters in all of human history. It is thru processes such as industrialization and warranted abuse to our environment that we have reached this point in our world. With events such as mass extinctions, increasing temperature, stronger typhoons, and other grave natural disasters, occurring frequently and ferociously in the recent 20 years.
It is in our technologically advanced world wherein even if alternatives exist such as renewable energy, with governments both controlled and managing these monopolies of fossil fuels and plastic in our world, it serves them no incentive to support these alternatives in exchange for their own profit. As popular narratives persist that the responsibility for our environment is something that each individual should manage, and not governments or corporations whose careless management of their waste are what causes a large majority of the damage towards our environment.
The necessity to help our environment is not only an individual responsibility but an inter-sectional one. As all ethics have evolved from a singular premise that we are members of a community of interdependent parts, and should act for the sake of the rest whilst not only for individual gain.
VILLAFUERTE, MARY MAE G. on June 30, 2019:
VILLAFUERTE, MARY MAE G.
The world is definitely way way older than us, these problems have been existing long before our parents were born yet it's still here and becoming more and more complicated each day. What are the things we did growing up to help in these problems? Did we care? When we finally did, was it enough? Was it too late? Can we still do something?
It's hard to admit that these problems have been ongoing for decades now however it's getting more complicated than it should be lessen as years go by, as if all of us are letting it, as if every single person is doing nothing regarding these. How many generations passed? No improvement.
I grew up doing the little things I quite don't like until I realized its purposes. As a kid, I would just put wrappers, crampled papers anywhere and everytime my mother would see it, she'll talk to me and ask me to do the right thing. You won't believe she literally introduced me to the trash can maybe three or more times. Yes, growing up my mother would explain how badly we need to help with these problems since she has been working for DENR more than half of her life. In elementary until high school, all of us were tasked to make posters, slogans, interpretative dances, poems and so much more just to encourage everyone to save, protect and take care of our Mother Earth and to live it up, but personally, I never felt doing so much because it's getting worse, it's never enough. Not saying that I'm doing my best to help and others are not, what I'm trying to say is we've been addressing these problems for years yet it shows no improvement so it's another indication that we really have to do something collectively, altogether, we need to triple our efforts.
May reading notes, articles and other writings like this will continue to open up eyes and mind to do something about issues concerning the planet where we're living, it may seem too late but let's believe that when we all of us do all the efforts we can to preserve what we still have, we still can, for our own future.
CHRISTINE MIGUEL on June 30, 2019:
Planets die, so do you.
And whether you like it or the next generations don't, the fate of Earth will meet its doom. Within the next billion years, the warming Sun will boil away our oceans, or maybe it will meet its destruction by falling into a star. Either way, mourn not because our species would not be able to attend to its funeral.
Planets are depressingly suicidal. And we, humans, are the bullies and bystanders that catalyzes its death and our death as well.
Contrary to what humanity is trying to make themselves believe, they are not just the 'planet killers' but the accomplices to the gruesome mass extinction of their species and biome as well.
And this massacre is irreversible. As depressing as it sounds, this article shows how grave the humanity has come in killing themselves because the truth is, when all life on Earth perish, the Earth will not need anybody to pay for rent because it can live without hosting any form of life.
Our home lives until the next billion years, with or without the bloodline of the murderers that will probably last for just the next hundred years and lived their life believing that they are killing their home, continues to do it, and die in the end as the Earth strive.
Mauriel Alecxa Clemente on June 30, 2019:
CLEMENTE, Mauriel Alecxa R.
Since time immemorial, the environmental crisis as a whole has been an underlying phenomenon that’s slowly changing the planet. If we compare our planet’s state today from its state decades or centuries ago, we can observe that it’s become hotter, more unpredictable, more undiversified, and more damaged. According to NASA, 800,000 years ago the CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) level was just around 180 million. Now, it is at an alarming 420 million, increasing by 234%. CO2 belongs to the group of Greenhouse Gases, which are described as gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation ergo causing an unimaginable spike to the Earth’s overall temperature (global warming) and later on, to climate change. Other example of commonly emitted Greenhouse Gas is the CFCs or Chlorofluorocarbons which are commonly found in household materials or appliances such as aerosol sprays, foams and packing materials, solvents, and refrigerants (refrigerators). Another problem we’re facing is the extinction and endangerment of numerous species of flora and fauna which are vital in keeping the equilibrium in our ecosystem and biodiversity. Losing one or few species may have caused minimal or unseen effects but losing over 100 to 1,000 species per million per year (according to the National Geographic Channel) would imminently leave the Earth’s ecosystem imbalanced. If we think the numbers are already painful, there is something much more. These extinctions are mostly due to human-caused habitat destruction and climate change.
The things I’ve addressed in the first paragraph are probably just a zilch in the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of environmental problems and crises that need to be addressed before it’s too late. Being the only species that has the ability to discern, feel emotions, think critically, and understand, we must act as the stewards of the planet and protect and sustain it just like how it provided for us for millions of years. But, as much as we care to admit, we are the ones that benefitted most and yet ironically ruined the Earth the most too. Although, we do acknowledge this fact but the sad part is, most of us don’t care nor don’t know enough to do something about it. And I realized that we human beings and our passiveness are the biggest catalysts of environmental crises. It saddens me that it has been hypothesized by many scientists that our time to save the Earth is numbered and that our species, along with thousands of others, are in imminent danger yet a lot of us don’t seem to be bothered or shaken by this. It baffles me, whether or not people are aware of this, they just choose to not care at all. We human beings must realize that we are the only ones who can reverse the damage we did to Mother Earth. We must be selfless enough to care and start acting. We must educate people about environmental crises and disseminate the message. Any volition towards change and addressing the very real environmental problems, big or small, can contribute to the betterment and restoration of Mother Earth. We must put the interest of Mother Earth’s besides our because she’s our one and only option for inhabitation. All of us want a bright future and an even brighter future for the generations after us, but how can the future be bright if the only planet that can support our lives is losing its light?
Danielle Dela Cruz on June 30, 2019:
DELA CRUZ, Danielle A.
Our planet Earth is in the brink of its downfall. The moment we get out of the house, there are several heartbreaking sites to see—numerous garbage or waste matters found along the sidewalks, opening burning of solid wastes, squatting in open dumps and landfills, and loss of plants and trees. We live in the 21st century wherein large scale number of infrastructures are found, thus, plenty agricultural lands have been converted for commercial use. Philippines is in the process of achieving its globalization, but for a country to be economically progressed, does our environment have to suffer? How many plants are yet to be destroyed? How many animals are yet to be extinct? How many years will it take us to realize that the Earth is slowly dying?
Since 1970s, our crisis to our environment are highly increasing. We inhabitants of the Earth are responsible for the damage that we have caused. We became too abusive to the point of forgetting and neglecting the welfare of our environment. We could possibly die for the wrong actions we’ve committed because we are currently facing and experiencing global warming that greatly affects the consequences we have done. Our environment has a solely purpose for us: to provide the needs of human beings. We fully exercise our rights as a human, but what about the welfare of our environment? We should start to take the action now because the time is already up. We don’t have to be an environmentalist to take care of our surroundings. We humans must come hand-in-hand in facing this huge problem, because in the first place we are the ones who account to this crisis.
Joanna Genesis Ambito on June 30, 2019:
AMBITO, JOANNA GENESIS L. BAPS 1-1
Our Mother Earth is the provider of everything that any organism, specie, and creature needs. She is the home of every living thing, smallest to biggest, and a place where everything is nurtured. She have given everything to her people yet what she received in return was a disaster. Environmental crisis are spreading hideously, from the cities to rural's and it will never stop spreading. Yes, it will never stop if we doesn't make a move to change the system. We need to work together to make a movement that will make the planet better than ever. This is our responsibility because the climate will not be changing, the planet will not be warming, the air, water, and land will be clean and healthy if it wasn't because of us people who polluted the air, water and the land till it gets destroyed. Now what we have in return are floods, typhoons, tsunamis, polluted air, water and land that will eventually make every thing extinct, and a dying planet.
I will not be surprised if the lands will vanish and the seas will dry, it is because of us, the cause of this environmental crisis are all man made. This is why we should think of changing, starting from ourselves and on our way of living and from that we will start to influence other people and encourage them for a change, with that everything will follow. Earth is our home, we are the one who's running the Earth, we are the one who is responsible, we should care, we should love, we should save this planet before this planet turn us all to dust. We are humans, we should act like one.
Antoinette L. Lee on June 30, 2019:
Lee, Antoinette L.
Lee, Antoinette L.
Environmental conflict is one of the most important issues that we should focus on, yet, it is one of the most underrated as well. People perceive environment (grasslands, water, air, and other parts if the planet that we need in order to survive) as something that is endless in its amount, and will be forever ever present, which, without a doubt, a false hypothesis.
Our ozone layer is significantly depleting, our ices are melting - which resulted for some animals to be compromised, and pollution is rampant together with its negative effect to both the health of the people and other living organisms. The thing is, sustainability is a process, and doesn't happen overnight. We have to correct the ways us people do that are strongly harming our surrounding. We desperately need to change, be strict with the law for the conservation of the environment, and basically think of ourselves as not superior to any other organism that nature provides, and that aside from benefiting from them and using them as resources for survival and advancement for inventions, we are responsible for its sustainability and for the certainty of the future of the next generation.
Political Scientists, on the other hand, should intervene in a sense that we have to understand that everything is political, and as people who have the privilege to attain knowledge about how the political system and power work, we have to make sure we raise the seriousness of environmental crisis, and that failure to do so will not just harm the nature per se, also, it will have a domino effect on the economic or cultural aspect of the society. Of course, having the ability to understand is just one thing, we also have to execute laws and examine the proper regulations that will really help our dying environment rise from its grave.
Ivan Lenard Valenzuela on June 30, 2019:
VALENZUELA, IVAN LENARD V.
Last year we've conducted an ecological investigation on the floral diversity of the lakeshore ecotone of Laguna de Bay, Muntinlupa City area. We spent two months surveying, analyzing, testing, and studying plants in the transition area between the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem. I've witnessed the gruesome state of our environment. Our study concluded that the floral diversity of the lakeshore ecotone of Laguna de Bay was very low. This current status was linked with the frequent or intense man-made disturbances such as waste mismanagement, reclamation, and overfishing in the lake.
Laguna de Bay was just one of the victim of the global environmental crisis. Looking into reality, we cannot even curve the totality of this looming catastrophe. But, it doesn't mean we don't need to act. I am suggesting to start our action in Laguna de Bay. It was the largest lake in our country and its importance to the economy of its surrounding municipalities and cities. Reviving Laguna de Bay means defeating environmental crisis.
Anthony Neil T. Breganza on June 30, 2019:
BREGANZA, ANTHONY NEIL T.
Sadly, life really is in the grip of a global crisis. Our beloved Mother Earth is threatened, by everything humans work on. Industrialization is one cause of global crisis, for companies, markets, and businesses create products using raw materials that causes destruction of our environment. No matter how hard environmentalists work on to eliminate harmful acts in our environment, we cannot stop global crisis. Burning of fossil fuels, using of plastics, mining, and other environmentally harmful acts became part of man’s life, and somehow people forgot that it’s nature’s possessions.
Let’s just take a look at everything we have, our gadgets, clothes, infrastructures, appliances, beauty products, even our daily needs, we our trapped, and as industrial production progresses, our environment is in danger.
In this article, Ozone Depletion impacts me the most. Based on my experience, rainy season gets colder, and summer season gets hotter each year, and this experience is the very evidence of climate change. As per Rebecca Lindsey, and LuAnn Dahlman each new year becomes one of the top 10 warmest on record.
Fiona Mary Lacaden on June 30, 2019:
LACADEN, FIONA MARY A. BAPS 1-1
Red flags of Environmental crisis are present in our everyday life. We experience them everyday that we tend to not notice them, they are being normalized because of their everyday existence. As part of the lower stratum of our society, they confined us with the notion that we are too powerless to do something for our environment, that the responsibility to take some action regarding these environmental crises are in the hands of those with authority but as environmental crises started to boom, they begin to put the blame on ordinary people for not caring about the environment.
It is very easy to be ignorant regarding these matters but today, IGNORANCE ISN'T BLISS because no matter how you escape it, the effects of environmental crises are inescapable and inevitable, you don't get to choose what to experience and what to not and that's a great indication for us to move and make some action regarding these booming environmental crises. The absorption of knowledge about these matters are easy, it is only up to us if we're gonna use those knowledge to uplift and help our Earth or to put down our Earth even more because of our worldly wants.
The inescapable diversity and scarcity are indicators that politics is inevitable and as a future political scientist, we should use our growing expertise to indulge ourselves with these kinds of matter.
We always dream of a paradise but our very own actions are paradox of that dream. Do we want our generation to be define as a generation who took no measure to these problem? Let's ACT before it's too late.
LACADEN, FIONA MARY A. BAPS 1-1 on June 30, 2019:
Red flags of Environmental crisis are present in our everyday life. We experience them everyday that we tend to not notice them, they are being normalized because of their everday existence. As part of the lower stratum of our society, they confined us with the notion that we are too powerless to do something for our environment, that the responsibility to take some action regarding these environmental crises are in the hands of those with authority but as environmental crises started to boom, they begin to put the blame on ordinary people for not caring about the environment.
It is very easy to be ignorant regarding these matters but today, IGNORANCE ISN'T BLISS because no matter how you escape it, the effects of environmental crises are inescapable and inevitable, you don't get to choose what to experience and what to not and that's a great indication for us to move and make some action regarding these booming environmental crises. The absorption of knowledge about these matters are easy, it is only up to us if we're gonna use those knowledge to uplift and help our Earth or to put down our Earth even more because of our wordly wants.
The inescapable diversity and scarcity are indicators that politics is inevitable and as a future political scientist, we should use our growing expertise to indulge ourselves with these kinds of matter.
We always dream of a paradise but our very own actions are paradox of that dream. Do we want our generation to be define as a generation who took no measure to these problem? Let's ACT before it's too late.
Joyce Ann Isidro on June 29, 2019:
ISIDRO, Joyce Ann F.
For decades, climate change has been a serious, critical issue--and for decades, people haven't been paying attention.
Climate change, according to journalist and environmentalist Bill McKibben, is a problem that requires a 'World War II scale mobilization' to be eradicated; but, very much unlike World War II, the people and the different governments around the world seems to be negligent about it. Just recently, the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Change Agreement; this may have some serious consequences on our planet, since, according to Carbon Brief, the US has been contributing to global warming more than any other nation. Dating back to the 1750's, their carbon emissions have amounted to a total of 397 gigatons (GT). 1 GT=1 trillion kilograms, so just imagine how much carbon dioxide that is!
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global carbon pollution must be cut in half by 2030 and must be completely reduced to net zero by 2050 so the world wouldn't suffer the direst consequences of climate change. If we fail, coastal cities will be drowned, storms will worsen, and snow caps in the arctic will be non-existent during the summer--among other things at stake. In fact, even if you're not paying attention, you're actually experiencing the effects of climate change. Summers in the Philippines, according to PAGASA, are hotter; not to mention we'd be experiencing heavier rainfalls during the upcoming rainy season.
On the bright side of things, just last year, NASA reported that the ozone hole is closing up. This obviously doesn't mean that we've won the war against climate change, but it definitely means that there's still hope for all of us--we can save the planet if we just made a conscious effort to do so. This doesn't mean that the blame on global warming and climate change resides on the hands of people and we should all make our own, individual efforts to save the planet--although, cumulatively, our carbon consumption may have had its impact on the problem, climate change is a global-scale threat that needs global-scale solutions. The problem is mainly caused by the carbon emissions coming from big corporations. In a report by the Carbon Majors Database in 2017, it was discovered that 100 fossil fuel producers caused 71 % of global emissions--which is a total of nearly a trillion tonnes of greenhouse gas--since 1988. Compelling the people to reduce carbon usage, essentially, is victim-blaming because these large corporations are the ones at fault.
We won't be able to put an end to climate change if we don't come up with a solution that addresses the problems caused by big corporations, because individual solutions isn't sufficient to solve a problem that affects the whole planet. More importantly, we won't be able to win the war against climate change if we fail to recognize it.
Jessica Marie Tiamzon on June 29, 2019:
TIAMZON, Jessica Marie S.
Had I not been reading news articles, I wouldn’t really notice that we are undergoing through crises. I guess the same could be said for the people who do not believe that Climate Change exists, but I cannot really blame them because there are different factors that shape their views to be that way. As human beings, we naturally choose to believe the things that would favor us. Moreover, distinguishing such environmental issues is hard because we are constantly blinded by many mundane and trivial things.
My concept of a developed society is one wherein sustainability is prioritized, where people do things not only for their own benefit. To achieve this, I think we all need a change of perspective as much as a change in lifestyle because changing how you see things is harder than faking a lifestyle. We could easily change the products we use to eco-friendly ones, but somewhere in this process, we could still potentially slip and somehow make matters worse. An example would be switching to metal straws instead of single-use plastic ones; we may see this positively, but plastic straws aren’t really the problem, are they? Our problem is how we dispose of them, so switching to straws wouldn’t really be the best answer especially now that they are being overly capitalized. This is where a new perspective comes to play; even if you switch to metal straws, as long as you’re continuously buying more of it, it wouldn’t really matter because it defeats the purpose of using a reusable.
As life becomes more fast-paced, we tend to choose convenience over sustainability; we use products that would make our lives easier. I’m not saying that this is wrong; however, such ways are obviously harmful for the environment. We are so busy with easing our lives that we forget to think of the consequences. We try to keep up with the pace of development up to the point where miss what’s happening around us. I think it’s time that we stop for a while and think long-term rather than short-term.
Ryan Joseph E. Caiña on June 29, 2019:
CAIÑA, RYAN JOSEPH E.
"BAHA KA LANG FILIPINO KAMI"
With a quote such as this, the blood that is coursing through all Filipinos' veins has been fired up to such degree, they will shout "Filipino pride!" due to the adrenaline. Filipinos tend to be courageous, strong and determined. Surely, a flood is nothing to our tenacity because of our dauntlessness, right? Wrong.
The flood, tsunamis, earthquakes, and/or any calamities that had and will befall upon us does not have the ability to define who's courageous, positive and tenacious. We must understand that these calamities are a serious matter. It is not a test of courage, tenacity or a trial. It is nothing but a warning.
Without a doubt, we portrait the traits I am discussing. After all, it is what defines us. But we should not still treat any catastrophic events such as floods (which is prevalent in the Philippines) as a "lang". We should be afraid, be cautious and be wary. We should prevent rather than cure. Most importantly, we should not just know, but to understand.
Courage does not mean being shrouded by optimism amidst a cruel cataclysm. Courage means vigilant on your fear and defeating it head-on.
Rose Celine Lapid on June 27, 2019:
LAPID, ROSE CELINE P.
Nowadays, it is truly evident that our planet is facing such a big predicament. Even in a smaller scale, you'll see that there are many things that need attention. When you just look around your surroundings, it's impossible to not see a single waste like a candy wrapper that is not properly placed in the trash can. If we are not going to do anything now, we might slowly lose the world we're currently living in, the world that was once filled with beauty.
Over the years, humans have focused on developing various inventions and technology in order to make it easier for us to accomplish most of our tasks in a daily basis. It is undeniable how this kind of innovation has helped our society in many ways but we probably forgot that our resources from the nature is limited - and we have neglected them, used to the point of a abusing them and destroyed them. We wished to have things that can make this world a better place yet we also have to pay the price for these things can also cause danger not only to us humans but to our environment. We need to remind ourselves that humans are not the only ones who are living in this planet, there are so many wonderful creatures that seek our care and protection.
Due to most of the products that humans have produced, our very protection from the harmful UV radiation is getting damaged and is expected to have 10% of it being depleted by the year 2050.
At this point, we are already witnessing how our environment is suffering from all the damages we created. Are we going to do something when it's already too late?
The process may be hard to execute but if we have the will, we can succeed.
Delwyn on June 27, 2019:
LAYSON, DELWYN S.
On early March 2019, numerous areas across Metro Manila, estimated to be 52,000 households by Manila Water, began to experience water scarcity. Manila Water COO Geodino Carpio cited the delay of water infrastructure projects, such as the constructions of a wastewater treatment plant in Cardona, Rizal and the Kaliwa Dam in Tanay, Rizal, for the issue. Manila Water also noted the critically low levels of the reservoir held by La Mesa Dam, its lowest level in 12 years, which the company relies on as their emergency supply of water source.
The 2019 Metro Manila water crisis forced the Duterte administration to grab the loan from China. Metro Manila’s water shortage suprised Manilenos - which should not have been a surprise at all - the Duterte government presented to the people a timely if convenient solution: the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project.
BUILDING MORE DAMS THE ANSWER?
Building dam-and-reservoir systems has greatly increased water supplies in some areas, but has also disrupted ecosystems and displaced people.
SO HOW CAN WE USE WATER MORE SUSTAINABLY?
Cutting the waste of water is almost always quicker and less costly than trying to provide new supplies of water, except in cases where governments subsidize water supply systems, which makes water prices artificially low. In this view we can deduced that:
We can use water more sustainably by cutting water waste, raising water prices, slowing population growth, and protecting aquifers, forests, and other ecosystems that store and release water.
Instead of building more dams, sustaining ecosystems would be more eco-friendly.
Megalyn on June 26, 2019:
GOTIZA, Megalyn G.
Last summer, a severed head of a prehistoric wolf was found preserved beneath the frozen ground of Syberia. The head was said to be around 40,000 years-old. This only shows how global warming melts a large and thick portion of ice in the polar regions. And as undeniable as it is, humans are the one responsible for this. We are destroying our own habitat. We are all contributing to the drastic changes we are witnessing today. Smoking cigarette, for an instance, is highly connected with the climate change we are facing today. According to one article published last October 2018 by Tom Batchelor, there are approximately six trillion manufactured cigarettes annually for one billion smokers worldwide. This production emits 84 million tons of carbon dioxide to climate change, equivalent to 0.2 in global total. These datas show that even a simple human activity can contribute to the destruction or our own planet, the blame is indeed, on each and every one of us, not just on those illegal miners, oil companies and nuclear power plants.
As a political science student, I believe that finding a solution for a global crisis is as equally important as recognizing it. Thus, I am continuously studying and researching in hope to find the best solution and proper action to solve this crisis without sacrificing both the world's economy and our planet Earth.
Steve Claustro Realeza on June 26, 2019:
People across the globe cannot deny the fact that global warming had already taken affect negatively on the lives of many including the animals and the environment and is continually wreaking havoc.
The said reasons on why this phenomena is happening must be tackled and put into action as soon as possible. Being a political science student, it is important for us to engage in this kind of issues. Small actions can be a big leap in helping our Mother Earth to retrieve its beauty and health. All of us must be responsible of our actions before humanity runs out of time.
Protecting and nurturing our Mother Earth equates that we also are ptotecting and nurturing one another. Start now. Because your actions can change the lives of the 7 billion people, millions of species, and one planet.
Delorino, Abegail Kris on June 25, 2019:
Disturbing human activities such as illegal mining, coral destruction, deforestation and emission of chemical oil and gases from industrial factories highly contributed in changing the condition of nature into unrecognizable place for a living.
We cannot deny the fact that mother nature has been calling our attention since then, through the eradication of biodiversity, subjucation of natural catastrophes and increasing death polls caused by environmental diseases; these mentioned records set us to uncover horrendous treatment we've done to earth for over the last five decades.
Variety of environmental crisis dooms us to realized how imminent mother nature display its vengeance to her adversaries. Clearly, the noise of global warming stand as a bell of rouse that mankind has gradually reached the peak of universal destruction.
Global Warming, as alarming as it is to hear, weeps so loud that it causes blood and sufferings to stream upon us and will have its continuity for more years if we do nothing to stop it. Frankly, mother nature can live without us, but humans? We cannot live without the course fruitage of nature.
Mark Anthony San Juan on June 25, 2019:
SAN JUAN, MARK ANTHONY L.
Environmental crisis equally equates with the survival of the Humanity. Everyone is concerned with its degree of domino effect. If one perishes, the rest will follow, and no exemption will be given to anyone.
To put it bluntly, no one shall be called out to take the blame except the humanity. It is our lack of contentment that has brought us this far. It is our unmanageable desire to reach the limits that has collapsed the maximum tolerance of the world. Yes, it is us who have stretched this world to its breaking point.
Little did the humanity know, they are being put at peril while the domineering corner of the world is in hot pursuit to push for the "progress". Especially the third world countries, the ecology becomes the collateral damage of this massive leap of humanity. If this story wouldn't be turned otherwise, the doomsday is fastened, and its existence is close to possible.
This natural resources are given for one main reason, to sustain life and provide harmony. It is an innate responsibility of our nature to provide necessary raw materials for our living. But alongside it is our complementary role to imbibe the sense of moderation. Everyone has to accept that this world survives in a two-way rule.If you go against it, might as well expect nothing but a natural backfire.
Renzy Perea on June 25, 2019:
As of today's generation, we are all incapable of experiencing this conviency in our lives. In terms of foods, transportation vehicles, and other means wherein we could attain the convinence we were looking for. But affliate to this conviniency, with the people who were developing such to make our lives easier are laso the one who emits different gases are bringing the negative effects that has really a huge effect in our mother Earth.
And as the time passes by, we could really feel that Earth is getting warmer or the thing we called global warming that is literally because of the human activities . Climate change, depletion of the ozone layer, greenhouse effect etc. that affects every biotic and abiotic elements of the Earth. And this issue is still not changing because of us humans who were eagerly wanting to be self-developed without thinking on what will be the results of our actions. And as this case still happens, it really affects everyone's lives, health, livelihood, plants which includes the trees and habitats, animals and more disasters are happening today. Wild fires, heavy rain, floods, storms, huricane etc. Negative health issues were also brought by global warming, bringing diseases by everyone who were affected mostly. Lost of species, different kind of animals, forest destruction, coral bleaching and destructions.
Global warming is really the one who's gonna break everything apart, and we do not want this to happen to the next generations of people. We always feel that everything is changing negatively, we were also warned by the authorities about these happenings in our Earth, and we do not want this to be even more worst than what we feel today, let's save the Earth by starting within ourselves, save the blues, browns and greens. We are the one who brings up these mess, and probably we are laso the one who could resolve this problem.
Cess Capulong on February 09, 2018:
TUTORIAL - FRIDAY
"All Humanity Is in the Grip of a Global Environmental Crisis," I can connect this one on my course simply in the word "environment". As we all know most of the things that is related to tourism is environment. Environment is one of the source of tourism in the whole wide world, and so by having crisis on it by the humanity, definitely, there will be a big impact not just in my profession tourism but it will affect the whole population of the earth.
sangabrielregina on February 09, 2018:
regina san gabriel bstm4
In so doing, religious system can go on' cited in internationalists might come to grips with a more holistic view of the multiple contexts for human suffering, including the global environment, while at the same time providing direction and candid truth-telling to the broader international community. Like other people of faith and believe what said on the bible.
Tedyliza Ramos on February 06, 2018:
RAMOS TEDYLIZA ROSE C.
Human beings are currently living in way that is completely unsustainable with the world we live on. A majority of the scientists of our time are unanimous in agreement that climate change is real, and is happening more rapidly than normal because of human activities. As of now, humanity has no concrete plan for how to deal with the growing population of human beings on the planet, along with the massive resource depletion, widespread poverty and pollution.
Jerielen Mangahas on February 05, 2018:
JERIE LEN MANGAHAS
BSTM 4 (FRIDAY-TUTORIAL)
One of the key concerns in environmental crisis is the climate change. The climate change occurs as a result of anthropogenic factors, mainly greenhouse gasses pollution. Modern technological processes rely heavily on burning fossil fuels at factories, agricultural facilities, and pastorals. Human factor also contributes to the destruction of green forests, which results in flooding, poor quality of the air and disruption of the natural ecological systems. The observable results of the climate change are the changes in global mean surface temperature, ocean circulation, sea level, species distribution, and precipitation patterns.
Rene Briane on August 17, 2017:
Angeles, Rene Briane G.
Envirnonmental issues are harmful effects on human activities opn the environment. Since we are over populated there are never ending human tradgedy like types of environmental issues. Like water pollution, land pollution deforestation.
Christian Paul V. Ogorida BSCE II on August 17, 2017:
Global warming is the current increase in temperature of the Earth's surface both land and water as well as it's atmosphere. Average temperatures around the world have risen by 0.75°C 1.4° Fover the last 100 years about two thirds of this increase has occurred since 1975.1 2 In the past, when the Earth experienced increases in temperature it was the result of natural causes but today it is being caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere produced by human activities.
Christine San Gabriel BSN1 on August 17, 2017:
In these current days,our world is facing a lot of environmental crisis.
I Believe that the biggest crisis or problem that we are facing right now in our environment is GLOBAL WARMING.
Another is illegal logging.The unpermitted way of cutting trees for exchange of money,uneducated way of cutting trees where in after cutting,people dont mind of planting trees in return.
Many to mention about the different global environment crisis that were facing right now.
Melencio, Marc James on August 17, 2017:
Each tourist destination worldwide has its own appeal. This can come from the activities it can provide to visitors, like skiing or golf. It is important that each destination should retain its charms in order to keep the tourist industry booming. With climate change, the beauty of the local destinations is threatened while accessibility too can become a problem especially when airports, roads and bridges are destroyed during extreme weather disturbances.
Kensanc on August 17, 2017:
Sanciangco,Kenneth Philip H.
Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner.
Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice accelerated sea level rise and longer more intense heat waves.
Bryan Pangilinan on August 17, 2017:
as a HM student
a mother earth We were blessed to have an amazing place and amazing planet to live in but all we do is destroy it. The pollution is getting worse, the destruction of everything is already evident and yet we continue to take our planet for granted. We just do what we want, what we think is useful for us or beautiful for us without thinking about how it can affect our planets. Most of the animals are now endangered and most of the plants are dying. It is our responsibility to take good care of our Mother Earth. It is our duty to protect it from harm. We do not need to be rich or old enough to do this. Even at a young age, we can make a difference. Little actions can make a big change if we will be constant and passionate about our willingness to save our planet.
Jasper Sierto on August 16, 2017:
Sierto, Jasper L.
BSHM - 3
Global warming can cause fast destruction of our planet. That happening now, like climate change. Climate change a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onward and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. To prevent this global warming we need to responsible to our environment like cutting trees, cutting trees can cause flooding to low area and the smoke coming from the vehicle and the factory.
Javy Paul Gonzales from San Ildefonso Bulacan on August 16, 2017:
As HM student
Environmental crisis are global destruction of forests, world wide soil erosion, burning of fossil fuels, harming of forests and lakes, shrinking of fresh water, flooding of coastal areas, and massive extinction of species world wide and many more. These problems mentioned were just because of the wrong doing of us, humans. All humanity is really in the grip of global environmental crisis. A problem derived by the entire human race and a problem that could only be solved with the cooperation of all. Wrought by humans, a changing climate brought about impacts that lead to economic damages, mass migrations and violent conflicts, aftermaths face by humans.
GONZALES, JAVY PAUL S. BSHM on August 16, 2017:
As HM student, environmental crisis are global destruction of forests, world wide soil erosion, burning of fossil fuels, harming of forests and lakes, shrinking of fresh water, flooding of coastal areas, and massive extinction of species world wide and many more. These problems mentioned were just because of the wrong doing of us, humans. All humanity is really in the grip of global environmental crisis. A problem derived by the entire human