Rise Up ( A piece for Climate Rhythms: Rock The Road Towards Climate Action)

Photo by Zuela Herrera
Photo by Zuela Herrera

Yesterday, We had the privilege of performing for Climate Rhythms: Rock The Road Towards Climate Action along with a lot of different musicians and poets. It was such a beautiful experience having artists from different genres and people from all walks of life come together for a great cause. Thank you to Alliance Francaise de Manille, Dakila (especially to Cha Roque for reaching out to us for this. Labyu beh.), Jam 88.3, and the National Parks and Development Committee for organizing this event.

To find out more about this cause and what you can do to help, visit: http://www.ambafrance-ph.org/COP21-The-Road-to-Paris-Starts-in-Manila-2881

Rise Up

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know.” is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve been dreaming of spending Christmases playing in the snow, in my thick layered clothing; seeing my breath condense when I exhale, building snow people, and making snow angels. But alas, I live in a tropical country. So, I’ll have to settle for the gone-too-soon sweater weathers and the occasional trips to the mountains to escape the heat and humidity of the city, but lately it seems like there’s no escaping it. Lately, Christmases feel a lot like summertime.

I really don’t mind having summer-like Christmases, that much. Being born and raised in a tropical country has gotten me used to having only 2 types of weather: dry and wet. I especially love the rainy season, mostly because of the moments you get to stay in and hide under your blankets and just listen to the rain’s pitter-patter on the roof. “Pumapatak na naman ang ulan sa bubong ng bahay”, as the song goes. But lately, the sound of rain scares me. It seems that the storms have come more frequently, the rain doesn’t just fall on the rooftops anymore, your home is not enough to shelter you from it. Flooding and destruction gets worse as each storm passes by.

We cannot deny that the world is changing, rapidly; like a bullet train without brakes it can collapse at any minute. We have been so focused on advancing technologies and economies that we have forgotten to care for the environment that has long cared for us. We can all spend our time pointing fingers and blame the other but that will get us nowhere. We cannot undo the sins of our past and time is running out. The world is getting warmer; our glaciers are melting; our oceans rising; weather is even more unpredictable; our ecosystems are slowly collapsing; life, as we know it, will end if we don’t do something. So, rise up. Educate yourself. Figure out what is happening,and what you can do to help curb these changes. The little things that we do can build towards achieving a better future for the coming generations.

Act now, before it’s too late.

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