Monday, January 14, 2008

Week # 4: Blogging the Philippine Environment

We only have few Filipinos blogging exclusively about the environment, let's estimate 1 environmental blog for every 50 food blogs or 100 personal blogs. How can that be, when the Philippines has been tagged as a "biodiversity superstar" by the Conservation International, meaning many of the world's species of plants and animals are endemic to the Philippines. Filipinos love nature, and treks and the beach and travel.. and food (all connected to the environment), yet do not blog about the environment?

The issue raised by GMA-7 alone about the Philippine National Shooting Team and other Gun Clubs shooting Philippine wild ducks and other wildbirds (which is illegal by the way) didn't raise the expected questions and concern in the bloggers community. Unlike the 2008 Blog Year Awards does.

But back to the environment. Here is a list of the few Filipinos blogging about the environment:

Samu’t Saring Buhay, although updated only monthly now, there is a full archive of information about the Philippine biodiversity and environment.

Layas, has few entries but are long and informative with lots of photos. It is more a report on the state of the environment, from the Philippine wildlife (birds), to the Tubbataha Reefs.

Romy Ocon's Philippine WildBirds with his selected bird photos. In his blog, Romy says this: "There are close to 600 species of Philippine birds, and about 180 of these are endemic to our islands. Many of these species are threatened or near-threatened. By photographing these magnificent winged creatures in their natural habitat and sharing the pics through the web, I hope that in my own little way I can help raise awareness for the protection of their habitat. I wish that the children of our children will still be able to behold their beauty long after our generation is gone."

For Philippine bird wildlife appreciation (non-blogs):

We have the Largest Eagle in the World, and back in 2004, a new bird species was discovered in the Babuyan Islands. In 2005, a Philippine Eagle-owl was born in captivity, which was a world's first. For more about Philippine birds, visit the Wild Bird Club of the Philippine's website.

Some of the dangers our wildlife faces (more blogs):

CJ wrote at Blogging Out Loud, "It's a Bird! The Philippine Duck - Anas luzonica - Hunted and Killed".

Yeez wrote the same on his Multiply blog, "Goodness Gracious, Help Stop Wildbird Massacre". Allsummers had the same reaction from the GMA-7 news while Nino reacted to the post. If we can have this kind of chain reaction (positive or negative) to things that really matter so the issue can be resolved by those who can implement the laws. That's what blogs are for!

Edible Garden reports Josef's speech last December 2007 at the Dutch Embassy about the Illegal Hunting of Wildlife (Birds) in the Philippines. Josef has started a petition to stop the illegal hunting, especially by gun clubs. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the Philippine Duck as one of those endangered. You can search other red listed species in their site.

The North Philippine Times' has an Environment Watch update and reports around the Cordillera, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.

This website reports the plight dolphins, turtles, and divers face against the illegal use of dynmaites.

A Distress Call for the Philippine Environment posted by Vina Veron Cruz at aenet, although not dated, doesn't mean the problem is long past.

Tutubi writes in his website about the film, Endangered Tales of the Philippines, which shows the biodiversity of the Philippine flora and fauna and the extinction it faces. The film interviews the scientists involved in the fight for the wildlife preservation.


Visit the website of Haribon Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund-Philippines for more information and what you can do to help.

It also pays to know the Philippine Environmental Laws. Another site provides a list of Philippine Laws on the Environment.

Sign a petition or start one at Care2.

Hoping for more Filipino environmental bloggers and watchers..

(If I missed a Filipino environmental blog somewhere, please let me know.)


rina said...

thanks for the complilation, will definitely check these links out!

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