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Shallow thoughts and strong principles

During my early years in implementing EMS, most people in the organization have started out programmes such as making a song about the environment, poster making contests or tree-hugging events in lieu of tree plantings. In a less mature organization, these programs are acceptable, since environmental performance targets are still in the baseline data gathering stage, but if such programs still exists after 10 years yet building system chillers are rotting away eating up so much energy during normal operational conditions, then the organization has remained in a position of shallow thoughts rather than of strong principles.

The way people have thought about me have also ranged from shallow thoughts to strong principles, I know some people have a tendency to assume and judge, maximizing their inductive reasoning or people I have known for years putting me in a pedestal.  Maybe now, I had hoped to have people around to share the same principles of having developed specific performance targets and long term continual improvement goals and could at least do away with poster-making, songwriting or tree-hugging for the sake of greenwashing.

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Hopping Around!

Happy Easter everyone, but it seems my mind is hopping around. I have so much reports to finish after this long weekend but I have only completed a couple…five more to go. I just can’t seem to focus my attention on finishing my work deadlines though I am given enough time to complete everything….

… I remember a former colleague who just could not finish any task because her mind just keeps on wandering away like problems at home, love life, past and future, blah blah blah… Oh Lord!  I do not want to end up that way, especially when I would think about my retirement…

Honestly, I am quite hounded by simple day to day stuff like doing the laundry, dishes, cooking, etc etc etc which I feel can be done by my soon to be 10 year old daughter…who is acting just like a baby all the time, oh man, she literally is a baby…  but she is like 5’2…oh man.

I feel I can do more, if I could not be bogged down by domestic challenges such as cleaning up my daughters mess! cleaning the bathroom, etc etc etc.

I am supposed to finish a couple of work notes on GHG yet I just can’t seem to put things together, time just flies and my output just stays as it is. Oh well…

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Manila Bay plan splits Aguilars of Las Piñas

Manila Bay plan splits Aguilars of Las Piñas.

Someone once told me that I should now start selling our property because people now still do not have an idea that climate change will soon impact our community and what was once land will soon be water reclaimed by sea. It was quite depressing because I believe what he said was true, if the value of the Boulevard 2000 project is 100,000.00 per square meter, that will be devalued once the sea level starts to rise. It would be very easy to sell now because most people could not foresee the impacts of Climate Change in the city. For most, value today is better than value for the future…but as taught by Prof. Cielito Habito, true and sincere development is sustainable development.

Most of the local people I know in my community have no idea what Climate Change is and my family have repeatedly insulted my intelligence because they do not understand what my work is all about.  They do not speak to me yet they make assumptions about who I am.   I barely could speak to someone with a global perspective. All they can think about is power and how to stay in power. Lack of awareness is contagious, any dumbass can rise to power and force upon their misconceptions to everyone and I know most local governments face the same scenario where nothing happens because rather than strive for continual improvement, maintaining the status quo is far more important.We do not need piece meal ordinances that do not serve the good of the majority, what a city needs is a Strategic Environmental Plan, identifying significant environmental impacts through a strategic environmental assessment.

I truly appreciate Hong Kong, however Gina Lopez brainwashes us that we could never be like Hong Kong or Singapore.  First, Hong Kong implements an ecosystem compensation scheme where as a condition for proponents, environmental restoration efforts shall be implemented equal to the environmental costs of any development. The advantage of Hong Kong is that it has a mature environmental impact assessment system that considers the full economic costs and benefits of a development proposal. They have to do this because they have limited resources.

The article I shared from the PDI is full of misconceptions, that has been the style of Philippine Media. Less substance and more showbiz with bits and pieces of insignificance. Education is slowly degrading…critical thinking is considered an ingratitude, forcing upon us dumbness to the maximum level.

I would like to share the announcement of the World Resources Institute. Local government who are partners of ICLEI are now starting to develop and implement GHG inventories. I do not know anyone from my community would appreciates it or would make a comment.   It is like I am living an oxymoron, I am trying my best to become a GHG verifier yet I live in a City that would truly fail in such international standard because policy-makers are not aware of the basics of sustainable development, something as basic as thinking about the future of our children.

 

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