Our planet is dying. Here's how we save it.

Updated: Sep 6

Our World Today

People are intimately connected to nature. It fascinates and grounds us. It provides all the resources we need – both material and emotional – to survive.

However, somewhere along the way in our evolution, we have lost that connection.

NATURE has been converted into a resource that has been seen as essential and eternally abundant putting our own futures at risk.

We live in a world where we are often reminded that we don't have enough -- a political system captured by commercial interests, and an economic system that seeks endless growth.

Wikipedia: A capitalistic economy must expand to survive and find new markets to support this expansion.[1]

The idea that economic growth can continue forever on a finite planet is the unifying faith of industrial civilization [2].

"Growth is our idol, our golden calf," Herman Daly, an American ecological and Georgist economist  [3]

Change in Behavior

It is the behavior of people and communities that are causing many of the environmental problems we face. On the other hand, if our behavior is causing these problems, then changing behaviors should solve it!

So this is where the challenge begins.

Changing people's behavior is the hardest thing to do. And to win this battle to change people's minds & hearts is actually a matter of lifting levels of awareness. But to do that, you need to get their attention first.

If you have gone this far, then probably you are one of those people who has decided to take a stand.

Real Action Heroes

Just like this coalition of concerned residents and business owners of Subic Bay Freeport and the surrounding provinces who came together and ordering the builder of the 71-kilometer freight railway to build away from 42 hectares of mangroves in the Subic Bay Freeport.[4]

The China-funded Subic-Clark Railway Project worth $940M, the biggest gov't deal between China & Philippines

The importance of mangroves to people and environment cannot be overemphasized. Sadly, however, mangrove forests are one of the most severely threatened and undervalued ecosystems on earth. 

30 hectares of mangroves along Malawaan River (Photo by: Harvey Tapan)

Subic bay is home to several mangrove forests, one of the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems. It is imperative that we protect it from being destroyed.

So how do we get people motivated to take action?

"Action isn't just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it." Mark Manson, New York Times bestsellers Author 

Most people only commit to action if they feel a certain level of motivation. And they only feel motivated when they feel an emotional inspiration.

Emotional Inspiration → Motivation → Desirable Action

But there's a problem with operating under this framework: often the changes and actions we most need in our lives are inspired by negative emotions that simultaneously hinder us from taking action[5].

Real change comes from a change in your habits. And a change in habits comes from a long, sustained alteration of small actions.

Action → Inspiration → Motivation

Inevitably, the appropriate action occurs at some point or another. The motivation is natural. The inspiration is genuine. It’s an overall far more pleasant way of accomplishing goals[6].

The need to take action.

The Philippines plays an important role in the global plastic crisis, and as a consumer citizen, we can be smarter with where we spend our money and what we consume. Currently, the market is awash with consumer products, most of which are packaged in single-use disposable plastics, ranging from sachets to shopping bags. Filipinos use nearly 60 billion sachets, 17.5 billion shopping bags, and 16.5 billion labo bags per year. [7]

Plastic residuals — wastes that can neither be composted nor recycled — accumulate in dumpsites or escape into bodies of water, clogging waterways and causing flooding and marine pollution. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the country is tagged as one of the major sources of land-based plastic pollution leaking into the ocean.

We need to be aware of these global forces that will affect our lives now and in the future. We may not have all the answers, but knowing there is a problem, and trying to find solutions that works, even for you as an individual, is already half the battle!

Small actions can have a big impact

May it be riding the bicycle to reduce carbon footprint, doing ecobricks to keep those single-use-plastics (SUP) out of the garbage dump and our oceans, picking up trash on the beach once a year, promoting an environmental campaign on your social media, or spending your money to the right companies who are doing their part to protect our planet.

These are small (but important) course corrections you can make right now that because real change comes from a change in your habits. And a change in habits comes from a long, sustained alteration of small actions.

Be one of us.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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