“Environment in the Philippines”
by Denny Kang & Steven Waters
Do you care about the environment? The Philippines is a much polluted place but is improving to change the environment. Many animals and people are having a hard time living under a bad environment. They are suffering because we don’t care about the environment. Our mind is not ready to reach the point where we have to help the environment. The Philippines should improve to change the environment.
The targets from the U.N. Millennium Goals are to reduce the loss of environmental resources such as trees. Their second target is to reduce the loss of biodiversity, the variety of life. Their third target is to reduce half of the population of people who do not have proper access to clean water and basic sanitation. Their fourth target is to improve the lives of people who just live by in an overcrowded urban street. They are very poor that the only place they can live in is the slums.
The population in the Philippines is about 102 million (indexmundi.com). Trees are cut down every year which makes living creatures suffer. 2% of trees are cut down every year in the Philippines. The growth of population creates more water and air pollution since more people are living. People in the Philippines transport with motor vehicles which creates air pollution.
“For the past decades the Philippines is among the countries with the highest rate of deforestation” (articlesbase.com). 10 forests lost at least 90% of their original habitat and only 27 thousand forests are left. If the government will not do something to stop this kind of problem, then most of the Philippine forests will be destroyed. Some cities in the Philippines are not that polluted because they take care of the environment. “Palawan Island contains the largest remaining expanse of unbroken forest cover in the Philippines” (jstor.org).
Some causes of the bad environment would be pollution. Air pollution is created because there are many cars and motorcycles all around the Philippines. “Baguio City is considered to be the most polluted city in the Philippines due to air pollution” (spectrumbluesteel.com). It is because of the fog from the cool weather and the smoke from the transportation. Pollution can be natural causes or man-made. People throw trash in the river which creates water pollution. Many people don’t have access to clean water so they just get sick and die. If people don’t waste water and take care of water properly, then these situations would not happen again.
Many people from different countries are helping out the environment of the Philippines. 64,000 trees were planted to help the environment in 2011 and it is planned to plant 12 million trees more. “A workshop was held in Vegan, Philippines to teach children how to clean the area and how to throw trash properly” (web.ebscohost.com). Many people from churches such as people from “Subic Korean Community Church” also helped out some kids in 12th street, Philippines. Brent School is also having a recycling club which will help make a change to the environment in the Philippines. The United Nations Development Programme of the Philippines is also helping out the environment.
Air pollution, water pollution and deforestation are the major problems that causes bad environment. If people continue to help clean their areas and save any recyclable products, then the Philippines would be a better and a cleaner place in the future. Many people are helping and teaching children how to clean properly. Since people who live near the slum don’t have access to clean water or basic sanitation, the people who help them should be responsible for them, then the Philippines would be a happier place.