Allow me to wear a hat I don’t usually use, for the sake of making this entry seem like “commentary.” (LOL)
James Lovelock used to be the butt of jokes for people familiar with the Gaia hypothesis, but I suppose the guy has the last laugh, at least for now. “Planetary homeostasis” may sound too science-fiction-ey for people like Richard Dawkins, but if the disasters that befell the Philippines are to prove anything at this point, it’s that Nature has a cruel sense of karma.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that in the wake of the disasters at Northern Luzon, the managers of San Roque Dam may face raps for the flooding and landslides, specifically in Pangasinan. I don’t like dwelling on technical questions – I’m not an engineer – but I think that this is a good question of human ecology and the consequences of development.
There are still people in Northern Luzon that live below the poverty line, but the development projects in the Cordillera, the Ilocos region, and Cagayan Valley keep on coming. Rapid development – aggressive development, at that – came at a rather tragic cost: lives were lost to landslides, flooding caused massive damage to crops, and desolation is the order of the day in my homeland. While these “destructive” projects and policies towards development have led to an improvement in the quality of life for many people, it came at a large cost: the desecration of the environment that led to the devastating calamity.
I’m not blaming the Government, as much as that part of the blame – if not most of it – should go to a history of development aggression.