Greenhouse Gases. Climate Change. Global Warming. These words normally come up on the daily news. It’s followed by the consequences of said phenomena, airborne diseases, sea level rising and higher temperatures. It’s a serious issue that many people know, but do they really? High School and College students can explain, to some extent, the science behind this. Almost everyday there’s a new study published and its results spread like wildfire. New ideas come up, like diesel from vegetable oil and biodegradable plastic.
Even the local government is taking necessary actions. In the city of Antipolo, the use of plastic and Styrofoam is banned. Commercial establishments aren’t allowed to use these products anymore; instead they encourage their customers to bring their own Eco bags or package their products using paper. I do my part in this campaign; I bring my own Eco bag and sometimes tell them not to provide the paper bag. It’s the little things that can bring about great change. It’s often overlooked but it can go a long way.
But what else can I do? I’ve thought about it and decided I would want to be like Marshall in the TV series How I Met Your Mother. I love Mother Earth and nature; I would want to dedicate my life preserving it. As an environmental lawyer my reach and influence is greater. I could work for NGOs maybe (legitimate ones, not those set up by Napoles), DENR or a private firm that has an environmental advocacy.
Becoming an environmental lawyer is one dream I am not letting go.