Payback time
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - June 29, 2019 - 12:00am

As the weather bureau declared that we are officially experiencing significant change from summer to rainy days, we currently face a perennial circumstance, an undesirable scene that left us with apparently no choice.

We anticipate when there would be heavy rain or even only a typical downpour, the flood comes after. And the horrendous reality turns out, plastics are dissipated pervasively. As plastics penetrate each feature of present-day industrial life, what should be done with that material after it has fulfilled its purpose?

Marine contamination emerging from plastic debris and other forms of garbage gagging our waterways intensify our environmental problems as our nation has turned into the world's third-biggest source of plastic leaking into the ocean and has among the most elevated rubbish accumulation rates in Southeast Asia. Without a doubt, plastic contamination is a major issue in our nation alongside China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, as frequently recorded among the world's most noticeably listed offenders.

That’s the garbage that clogs the waterways and causes the floods, carried by the currents to the sea, and which the sea is now throwing back to the humans.

There are a few frauds, be that as it may, who deliberately stop up the seepage funnels of certain avenues decisively to prompt floods. Why? With the goal that vehicles will slow down in the floods and they will gain by pushing the slowed-down vehicles to higher ground. Or on the other hand, they can charge fees from pedestrians who would prefer not to get their feet wet to utilize the wooden boards that they have laid out over the water. Or they can ship them from dry ground to dry ground on their handcars—for an expense.

Informal settlers living along the banks of conduits are partly to blame. They basically throw their trash and human waste out the window and into the water, and think no more of it. The implementation of segregation projects initiated by our local governments, non-government organizations, and even schools has failed along the way. Accumulated, these are the trash that the abused ocean tosses back at us.

Plastic has many other uses; bags are only one of them, but now we are witnessing what they can cause. Other countries have already totally banned the use of plastic bags. They are making bags out of biodegradable material such as corn.

Indeed the plastic problem is a worldwide problem. We can't blame anyone. In spite of the fact that the west began this and the creating scene legitimately longs for its living standards and, with it, its unsustainable convenience culture.

Is it true that we are presently starting to understand the genuine reason for floods? In many spots, aside from in regions lying underneath sea levels, floods rapidly vanish once the overwhelming storms quit, which means the surge of water was simply blocked someplace. Waterways have turned out to be shallow and limited, and worse, some are really gone, wiped out by greed.

We have to feel and bear the rage of nature. We cut the trees. We throw our trash to all over the place and clogged the streams and esteros. So where will the rainwater go? What will remain with us and the trash will return where it originated from. Discipline now is a thing of the past.

What we are encountering could be summed up by this —it's payback time! What we sow, we reap. We thoughtlessly threw trash. We get its undesirable impacts, then we ask, is Nature fair to us? ligayarabago@yahoo.com

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