The NGO that my group was assigned to was the La Liga Policy Institute. For starters, I really am thankful for all the people there because they were all very understanding and hospitable to us students. But beyond that, I am so happy to have had the chance to work under Ma’am Marge, because she was not only kind but she actually took the time to talk to us and exchange ideas. It wasn’t really like working or being interviewed, she simply helped us digest all the things we encountered while interviewing and doing our paper. It was like she genuinely just liked hearing about the things we had to say.
We talked about so many things one afternoon. We brought up aspects of disaster risk and management, but also the whole environmental situation in general. Ma’am made us think not just about the problems and the plans that LGUs execute, but about actually making an impact to the people and getting everyone to act together. We all agreed that day that LGUs and NGOs doing their work isn’t enough–everyone has to be a part of the solution. It’s about collective action, which means people have to understand the weight of their own actions and the part that each individual plays. I really liked how she didn’t just ask us about regular solutions like recycling and segregating and tree planting, but she really wanted us to think about making campaigns and spread the word to people. I like how we thought about making this problem more relevant, because the truth is that it really isn’t given enough attention. People can easily ignore problems that they don’t feel the effects of directly.
I think the next step in the fight against all this environmental abuse and global warming is really to get people involved on all levels, even in small ways. It’s about acting and preventing now, not worrying about fixing it later when it’s too late and the damage is done. The earth can only fix so much on its own. I can say I got to reflect on a lot that day, and for that I am thankful. It was a pleasant experience working in La Liga, and I’m glad I had the opportunity.