This semester, our group was assigned to the NGO, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), to serve as interns for the second part of our Nstp-cwts class. Our group chose to work on the project theme, “Climate Change”.
I initially thought that we will be doing a lot of seminars, presentations and talking in front of groups of people about the cause and effect of climate change to our environment and what we can do to help change it for the better. But then, the task that was given to us was simple – to garden. To be more precise,we were asked to layout,organize,and renovate their rooftop garden that is located at the top of the building. That was all we had to do for the whole semester and I assumed that it will be a piece of cake. Well, how naive I was for thinking that way. Gardening is really a tough job to do. Based from what we did so far, I realized that a person has to have enough determination (nakakangawit yumuko nang matagal, hindi tumubo yung ibang tinanim namin 😦 , etc. ) and endurance (harsh weather, many insects – ex. a lot of red soldier ants!, etc.) to reach his goals when gardening and/or taking care of plants. Thus, since I already know what it feels like and how hard it is ,I gained even more respect to the people who had to do this for a living (farmers). If gardening was already hard enough, what more when one has to farm ? They really have to sacrifice their time,sweat and blood (literally, since they have to handle sharp tools and accidents do happen) to earn a living, but some people don’t even appreciate their hard work. Saying this, I’m embarrassed by myself as well since I admit that I still leave vegetables on my plate when I don’t like their taste. From now on, whenever I want to leave food again, I’ll think of the people who made them first and I’ll remind myself that if I leave them to waste, I’ll be throwing away these people’s sweat and blood when they worked day and night to plant,raise, and harvest these. Like how chain reactions work, when I leave them to waste, this will then contribute to more garbage and we all know that the excessive amount of trash has been one of the main causes of pollution in the world for a very long time. If more pollution is made, our climate and environment will worsen and these events will cause even more damage and sickness to other people (negative externality). In short, the more I throw away food, the more I’m contributing to make other people sick. D:
I know that these lessons are really simple and that they have been taught to us ever since we were kids, but how many people actually understand the meaning behind them and their importance? They are there for a reason and rather than people just saying that they understand these lessons, I hope that they really start to show that they care through their actions.
*Sorry for any grammatical errors and for the informality of my post, I just wanted to make it as reader – friendly as possible. 🙂
– Henny Liao