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What happened?

    The Philippines, our country, has a very unique biodiversity—very rich in aquatic, forest, land, and mineral resources. But…….that was some time ago, when the people were not yet that obsessed over technology. Now, the forests have been diminishing slowly, leaving less or even no habitat for its wildlife, fewer sources of raw materials and their physiological needs, and a hopeless future. To further explain, according to a report, from 1990 to1996, the deforestation rate of the Philippines is 3.5 percent per year, which is one of the highest deforestation rate in the world. From 1990-1995 alone our beloved land already lost 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of forest. This estimate surely increased by 2004 after a number of natural calamities threatened the Philippine ecosphere. This problem branched to other problems like soil erosion and siltation of waterways. Moreover, after deforestation triggered the environment, our Mother Nature seemed to be avenging. Floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions stroke the land and killed so many people, even burying them alive. Although the government had tried on numerous reforestation programs and had established pro-environmental movements, the success of these attempts is very limited.

    Additionally, slash-and-burn agriculture is very common to the Filipino loggers.

    Not only in the Philippines do these unpleasant things happen. Because of the unique mental and physical capabilities man, they were able to escape the environmental constraints that limited other species and to change the environment to meet their needs. Now, industrialized or developed countries may be advance in science and technology but when it comes to environmental progress, they are far left behind. They fail to protect what is naturally good due to their desire of living with all the pleasure technology can give.

    In various places, people abuse the nature without realizing its consequences until it harms actually harms them.

    Today, unprecedented demands on the environment from a rapidly expanding human population and from advancing technology are causing a continuing and accelerating decline in the quality of the environment and its ability to sustain life.



It is only in the most recent, and brief period of their tenure that human beings have developed in sufficient numbers and acquired enough power to become one of the most potentially dangerous organisms that the planet has ever hosted.                                                                              

--John McHale