Looking back to my childhood in the summer months of the 90s, I can say I used to love this time of the year. How the sun felt against my skin, how its rays danced in front of my eyes, and how it made everything look bright — I found all these appealing. As an eight-year-old, I would run in the busy streets of our village, under the 11 o’clock sun, without much worry and discomfort. However, such is no longer the case today, merely thirteen years after the turn of the millennium.
A couple of years ago, in college, we were made to watch Al Gore deliver his speeches in his much-talked-about, full-length documentary. As we went into it minute by minute, every single thing started to become real. We witnessed unfortunate yet factual events taking place thousands of miles away from where we were — the melting of the icebergs up north and the drying up of streams elsewhere, among many others. Climate change started ringing in my ears, and global warming developed into a fear, but not for long.
As soon as I stepped out of the academe, this fear turned into something else — a busy person’s more practical way of thinking about and dealing with problems of worldwide significance. As I walked the bare streets of the Makati Central Business District in search for a first real job, I would cuss at the sun for being too hot for comfort. I would wipe every drip of sweat trickling down my nape, with disgust and disappointment at what the world has become. Yes, I was, and still am disappointed. Of what? Of humanity.
Year after year, everyone would notice that summers get hotter. Even the rainy season, which is supposed to bring utter comfort and better sleep at night, would be warmer as expected. There was even one Christmas season, when the cool air started blowing only in late January. The worst happened when the rainy season got delayed, and a super typhoon came in and killed hundreds of lives along its way. Thus, we complain.
We complain. Families who mourn the death of their loved ones say that the government didn’t do much to make sure that people will be safe during super typhoons. The government, on the other hand, says that people are too hard-headed and do not follow calamity warnings. Even more dissatisfaction comes to surface. Owners of hot spring resorts in the province of Laguna complain about having lesser customers, because all they have are warm pools, and everyone’s looking for something refreshing.