Monthly Archives: November 2011

Whoa! Seven Billion…

Is the MDG the next great evil?

The are now seven (7) billion people in the world. Such growth in population has gone against the laws of nature.  In my population dynamics course, if the population of a species rapidly increases, then there must be something wrong with the environmental conditions, there is no environmental pressure to regulate growth. How do you feed everybody?

I really don’t know anybody from our neighborhood who understands the Millennium Development Goals or the MDGs. Even the local leaders of our community barely have an idea of what are the MDGs.  For me the MDGs are simply as follows:  One, don’t get hungry, learn to cook;  Two, don’t get dumb;  Three, don’t fall in love hard; Four, don’t beat up kids cause you fell in love hard;  Five, don’t fall in love hard again and again to the point that you get pregnant;  Six, don’t fall in love harder (you’ll get sick); Seven, be like maray. Too logical, no sex life….therefore no population growth…but an awakening to God’s purpose for my life.  Love God above everything else, love your neighbors as you love yourself. …please, I don’t want to go into that population debate…

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Realities and Technicalities

Someone told me that mitigating and adapting to climate change is like getting coffee. You really need to get your coffee but someone offers you a cappuccino and that cappuccino is the carbon markets. Now that climate change is the “IN” thing and Manila Bay is experiencing storm surges (and people think it is due to structural deficiencies in the sea wall) and weird storm and typhoon frequency, most people should believe that climate change is a real thing. However, there are still people who think that carbon credits occurs mutually exclusive from climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

McDonalds in Bangkok Floodwaters

In memory of my old blog, Fast Food Greenwash (can’t stop myself from experiencing grief  from the loss of access to that blog), above is the photo of Bangkok deep in inexplicable flood waters.  Similarly, I could still hear a number of people who says that the Bangkok flood is not related to the climate change phenomenon, when smack in our faces, it is.

Nothing else to do but adapt, and of course whine about the damage being done since the Seven (7) Billion people must go on with their carbon intensive lifestyles.  Now to retain this carbon intensive status quo,  some of the more intensive will have to buy some carbon credits.  Regardless of the realities occurring, we have to deal with technicalities such as the buying of carbon credits. Regardless of my intensive use of energy for this evening’s post, I still live in a country that is somewhat carbon neutral and that gives me the right to waste, some of it.  I’m getting my cappuccino, in an instant coffee society.

The technicality of the carbon markets could not be easily understood by the local leaders in my community, though on our part there is an urgency for us to adapt or mitigate as required by that type of market because it depends on our survival.

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