Friday, October 16, 2009

The Greening Of Manila



The sun rises behind the pristine Sierra Madre mountains where newly-planted saplings of Narra and Agoho had replaced the once sprawling subdivisions that were used to be part of Antipolo. In twenty years, a lush rainforest will cover large tracks of this hillside, becoming another watershed that is beginning to encircle the fringes of Metro Manila.

In a matter of minutes, countless solar panels cleaving on millions of rooftops around the city will leave a glint of sunlight reflected back to the sky. By this time, Meralco have lost billions of pesos, trying to consolidate its dwindling power base of households still dependent on the electricity it supply. Many families have emancipated themselves by turning to solar energy to power their homes.

Garbage, which used to be a problem of our time, will be a thing of the past. After the last president, who was an out-gay, had made into law the mandatory recycling and segregation bill proposed by the Senate, many poor families have actually benefited from collecting refuse like plastics and glass bottles to sell them to refurbishing plants that turn these garbage into solar panels. As a result, these panels were so affordable, one can install an entire set in their rooftop at less than the price of the current generation of semi-organic laptop computers.

Going out of the house, one will be greeted not by flies or cockroaches but by genetically altered indigo butterflies that eat larvae and rotting trash in order to live. They glide above algae rich canals that were once reeking with dirt and filth. Clean water from car exhaust vents flow into these canals. The steep oil prices of 2010 had forced many car industries to embrace hydrogen engines overnight. As a result, even motorbikes run on water and electricity thanks to this revolution.

At night, fireflies glow in dark spaces that separate one house from the next. If one would pay close attention, all homes are lit by energy saving lamps that were freely distributed by the candidates during the last elections Plants have invaded even the tiniest of cracks, where crickets have found an ideal nesting ground for their brood. The chorus of chirps serenade a sleeping city that had turned into an urban jungle in the last thirty years.

Still, Green Politics dictate the direction of World Affairs. No one will ever forget how Prime Minister John Howard of Australia lost to Kevin Rudd after he stubbornly refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol in those early days of the Green Revolution. The state of Florida still remembers how it lost half of its land and population during the Hurricane season of 2020. Even the new Pope, John Paul IV had declared polluting the environment one of the mortal sins for the new century.



Photo Credits:
A Repost

5 comments:

dr magsasaka said...

Ahahahaha.
Thank you for the link, hijo.

engel said...

very positive naman ng outlook mo. Hope at least half of that would come true.

dencios said...

kailan mangyayari lahat ng positive outlook na yan? di natin masabi kasi tao ang nagpapabaya.

bago sa akin si kevin rudd at ang kyoto protocol. hmmm..

Galen said...

Dr. Magsasaka: Walang anuman. Kung hindi mo napapansin, sa iyo ko rin kinuha yung image nung first time na pinost ko ito.

Engel: Naniniwala pa rin ako na Environmentalism is the wave of the future. ^_^

Dencios: In time, kapag talagang nag-suffer na tayo sa mga kalamidad at trahedya sanhi ng kapabayaan natin sa kalikasan.

Kevin Rudd, Kyoto Protocol, Hanapin mo sa wikipedia tol.

xtian1978ii said...

heal the world