How is that?
We paved every available surface of land, thinking it would be convenient for us to walk on smooth level surfaces, but in turn we have lessened the soil surface that absorbs the surface water runoff.
We have constructed concrete non-permeable drainage that collects surface run-offs, but in a way directly conveys the freshwater into the salty sea rather than the water table.
We have shaped our land for our convenience, leveling off mountains and filling up waterways and rivers, thinking it is much more profitable to have more buildable flat space.
We converted our rich forests into grasslands and cultivated fields to feed more people. But as a result, we opened our terrain to erosion.
We use up our resources and we do not manage them responsibly. We waste a lot and throw the garbage practically anywhere.
We cut our trees for a livelihood. But in turn we are destroying the very source of food for life. trees and plants are primarily the one harnessing the energy of the sun, converting them to food for the tree and eventually animals and of course including us.
My teachers and classmates over at the UP College of Architecture were discussing how to remedy the environment problem in terms of planning. They raised good points and strong ideas. But somehow these could not be rendered effective if the people to blame would not change their ways, and the people to blame is everyone of us. If we take responsibility in using the environment, we may have a chance of providing our own children a better place to live in and a bright future to look forward to. They need not to fear for their lives whenever there is a natural calamity.