Last year, I blogged about the much-ridiculed “Earth Day Run” by Nat Geo. That time, there were many excuses – both by the organizers and ordinary runners – as to why the mess they made was acceptable, despite the supposed aim of their event.

Well, okay. Since it’s that time of the year again, let’s see if they’ll be making the same excuses.

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When I was still a smoker, one of the things that annoyed me about my former co-smokers was their penchant for throwing away their used cigarette butts just about anywhere.  In a majority of cases, the rubbish bin was literally just a few steps away yet for some reason, they’d rather throw them on the grass, the floor, the street, etc. 

I once thought that this had something to do with the fact that smokers generally have a rebellious inclination and that this non-observance of basic cleanliness norms had something to do with it.  Surely, health-conscious people who advocate a worthwhile cause would not display such a willful disregard for such norms.

Well, I was wrong.

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Earth Day, Schmearth Day

(photo credit: Francis Xavier Pasion)

When I was still a smoker, one of the things that annoyed me about my former co-smokers was their penchant for throwing away their used cigarette butts just about anywhere.  In a majority of cases, the rubbish bin was literally just a few steps away yet for some reason, they’d rather throw them on the grass, the floor, the street, etc. 

I once thought that this had something to do with the fact that smokers generally have a rebellious inclination and that this non-observance of basic cleanliness norms had something to do with it.  Surely, health-conscious people who advocate a worthwhile cause would not display such a willful disregard for such norms.

Well, I was wrong. Continue reading

The Ugly Side of Surigao del Norte

This is a Google Maps satellite image of an area that constitutes the Municipality of Claver in Surigao del Norte.  I was able to observe this from a distance last September 22-24.  The large area appears to have a striking reddish hue because the entire coastal mountain range is DENUDED of its forest cover.  Claver supposedly has the largest iron mineral deposit in the world, and one can surmise that this denudation of the mountains is partly due to the mining activities that have gone on in the past years. Continue reading