Category: climate change

HOMELAND

Victor Penaranda

In the tropics whatever happens
Seems in excess of the expected:
The sun dazzles; the rain pours;
Typhoons visit the islands regularly,
So uncanny, we gave them names
So the most forceful and unsettling
Among them cannot be forgotten.

Our volcanic heritage is undeniable,
Restless or dormant beyond extinction;
Its awesome presence organic to the bone,
Electric in the manner we recognize
Or behold the morning or vein of lightning,
In the way we smile to defy gravity
Or what cannot be asserted in humidity.
The weather becomes unpredictable
As we grow older, as the earth trembles,
Tremors in our bodies silently, nervously,
As relationships fray nearly beyond repair,
Making us firm believers of uncertainty.
The fragile unity of the magical and practical
Compels us to school our children secretly
On the habits of chameleons and dragons,
To teach them to love like ocean without a shore
Until they find a familiar river in the dark night,
Learn how to swim upstream without a clear reason
And why they turn luminous on their way home.

The missing truth in the Philippines’ climate change plans

Inday Espina-Varona

Three mountains once loomed on the other side of a cove on the border of Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte provinces in the southern Philippines. Now, only one remains.

“I am jarred by how fast the mountains disappear,” said Velvet, a researcher for anti-mining alliance Caraga Watch who travels around the southern Mindanao region several times a year.

“One year there, the next year, gone. They ship earth to be processed in other countries,” she said.

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VELOCITIES

on the occasion of copenhagen:

Satur Sulit

s-l-o-w
is the world we are born into,
the universe takes its time,
taking pleasure
in its states of equilibrium,
bearing life.
now man, its own, its favored child,
his engines roaring
sends it hurtling
into untested futures
of catastrophe and destruction.
the word is out:
if there is an end of the world
it will be man-made