Sunday, February 24, 2013

Greener Pasture

View from Marbel 5 Central Elementary School,
San Jose, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

With the image above, I can imagine the beautiful scenery of the cartoon show of my childhood entitled Heide of the Alps minus the herd of grazing sheep and only there is no snowy effect.

But what is really beautiful in this scenery? It should have been a perfect one if it is taken among the idyllic natural grasslands of Mongolia or California. But this is not the case of what is really happening behind.

This is a representation of the grim situation of our forests in the country. Despite their prime importance to people, our forests face a continuing destruction by either wanton motives or misguided policies.

Now we wonder, with a little drop of rain, why we experience floods that wash away thousand lives of innocent people. Perhaps the most unforgettable events that will forever be in our history are the recent cases of Cagayan and Davao.

It is about time to stop the destruction of our forests. More than planting trees, we have to halt conflicting interests like commercial logging and mining because as long as these exist, laws to protect our forests are doomed to fail.

A future of greener pasture, literally and figuratively, lies in our hands - yours and mine.


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