Photos courtesy of MARINA BAY SANDS
There’s one memory from my childhood that still haunts me up to this day. It was on one hot summer afternoon when my mom basically awakened my tree-hugging soul. “Ang init na ng araw,” she said. “Parang nakakapaso sa balat.” At first I thought, “Well, isn’t the sun supposed to be hot?” but looking back now, about 15 years later, I finally understand what she meant.
Climate change is an issue that has been haunting humanity probably since the day we invented machines and mass production. The consequences are more apparent now with massive wildfires and flooding happening around the world. Needless to say, we have a lot of catching up to do.
Metal straws aside, we need to take bigger steps for people — especially those in power — to pay attention. It’s a daunting task but it can be done. Take for example the Sunrise Movement, an American youth-led group that organizes protests in the US to push for The Green New Deal. They “choreograph” rallies in front of government and corporate offices to try and change the minds of big CEOs. Some members have already gotten themselves arrested and this caught the eye of US government officials like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, who in 2009 had already proposed a climate change bill. “We now have the troops. We’re ready to fight,” he says in an interview for Vox’s “Today Explained” podcast. “The difference between 2009 and today is we got our army as well.”