Friday, June 3, 2011

What Fish Kill Could Mean To Us

Rainy season is here again and yet the hot and humid weather still lingers on.  Temperature rising at 34-37 degrees centigrade, too hot, indeed!  The hot air somewhat gives us a weird feeling like we are running out of fresh air.  Last week, fish kill happened in Batangas province costing millions of pesos.  Based on investigation aside from the changing climate, it was also because fish pens were filled to capacity thus resulting to oxygen-deficient water.  

Sometimes I just can't help to feel uneasy when it crosses my mind if humankind would suffer the same fate.  Just imagine billions of people on this planet struggling for oxygen.  There are more people exhaling carbon dioxide and less than enough trees giving off oxygen for all inhabitants of this earth, so what more could we expect?  For this country, I guess it is just high time that our officials think more seriously of the RH Bill, improve it to come up with a better way to address the problem on population explosion.  And not only that, the government should be proactive enough to implement the International Year of the Forest campaign by the United Nations.   This is “to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generation”.

“According to the World Bank, deforestation accounts for up to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming,…  Forests provide habitats about two-thirds of all species on earth, and that deforestation of closed tropical rainforest could account for biodiversity loss of as many as 100 species a day”.

Biodiversity loss… if we fail to avert it, how long could we last?