The vast majority of Filipinos live in a seemingly permanent alliance with plastic waste. Walk along the streets of Metro Manila and notice the canals brimming with plastic debris. Observe how almost every sari-sari store owner drapes their multi-colored sachets of brands known all too well at the front of their store. Rip open the plastic packaging of whatever it is you decided to buy from e-commerce, then dispose of the waste without a second thought into your nearby bin.
When one blurts out climate change, one immediately thinks of cars and smoke. OxFam had reported that although burning fossil fuels is the single biggest driver of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in contributing to climate change, “agriculture, deforestation and land-use change are also significant contributors to the problem.“ What is crucial to note here is that agriculture is a double-edged sword when it comes to climate change; it is both a victim and perpetrator of the wicked problem that is climate change.
March of 2020 found a sudden influx of people infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines. This necessitated a swift response not only from the government but also from its citizens. In the span of less than a month, companies, organizations, and individuals found ways to come together in order to address the same goal: combat COVID-19.
We haven’t heard much environmental news from the Visayas and don’t hear much from young conservationists who do the groundwork during this covid-19 pandemic and here’s an interview with a friend working in the seas of Eastern Samar.
Vice Ganda, an openly gay man in the Philippines, is one of the most popular celebrities in the country. He is the host of one of the country’s most well-loved television shows. He is also the Chief Creative Officer of his own make-up brand Vice Cosmetics, whose mission is to “inspire everyone to look and feel their most beautiful”. Having starred in several comedy films where his character’s sexual identity and gender expression are part of what makes his movies so popular, he’s even been called a gay icon by some.
Apart from the transition to online platforms for schooling, there has also been a rise in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.