The Four Destructive Seasons

The Four Destructive Seasons

A group of masked people

Medical staff and workers in Surry Hills, Sydney, in April 1919. Schools and businesses were closed, hospitals overflowed and masks became compulsory in public. Photograph: NSW State Archives and Records. https://www.theguardian.com

1.  Flu Season – The most severe flu season after the Spanish Flu in 1918 started in Wuhan, China has spread like wildfire during the Winter-holiday season from December 2019 – January 2020, which lead to Pandemic Crisis/Recession and National Lockdown from March to May 2020.   As of today, there are 910,000 deaths, 28.2 million cases [1].  Unemployment rose higher in three months of COVID-19 than it did in two years of the Great Recession in the U.S., from 6.2 million in February to 20.5 million in May 2020 [2].  

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2.  Cyclone / Typhoon / Hurricane Season – Typhoon/Cyclone/Hurricane has caused severe damage every year.   According to the May 22, 2020 report, Cyclone Amphan caused an estimated $13.2 billion in damage and killed at least 80 people in West Bengal, and another 10 across the border in Bangladesh with as many as 500,000 families in Bangladesh may be homeless [3].  On the same month, Typhoon Vongfong/Ambo in the Philippines caused around ₱1.57 billion (US$31.1 million) in damage, killed 5 people and affected 578,571 residents [4].  The following month, Tropical Storm Cristobal caused US$675 million in damage and 15 fatalities [5].   Last month, Typhoon Higos hit China, with 200 people dead or missing in China this year and caused $25 billion in damage [6].  On the same month,  Hurricane Laura caused the deaths of at least 36 people in the U.S. and inflicted an estimated $8.7 billion in insured damage on southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico [7].  Hurricanes have caused a total of 117 deaths and  $14.67 billion in damages [8].

A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Three fast-spreading California wildfires sent people fleeing Saturday, with one trapping campers at a reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, as a brutal

A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.  Photo: The Associated Press.  

3.  Wildfire Season – Summer finally has ended.  But it ended with ravaging wildfires.  Summer 2020 ranked as one of the hottest on record for U.S.  August 16, Death Valley in California reported a high temperature of 130 degrees F.  If verified, this temperature would be the hottest August temperature on record for the U.S. [9].  Currently, 102 large fires have burned 4.4 million acres in 12 states in the U.S. [10].

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Snow covered vehicles line a street in Lowell, Mass., Dec. 2, 2019.  Photo: C.J. Gunther/EPA via Shutterstock. 

4.  Winter Storm Season – Summer just ended and winter is coming.  With the pandemic crisis and calamities happening, better to relocate if you are living in one of the coldest cities and will just put you in danger.

These 4 Destructive Seasons are inevitable.  Therefore, the government should take extra precautionary measures to protect the people in the future.  Everyone should also be alarmed and make plans according to these 4 Destructive Seasons:  

  1. Relocation – Families in hazard prone areas should relocate the soonest possible.  The government should have relocation programs for families living in hazard prone areas.  The relocation plan should make sure that the families can:
    • survive  and ensure quality of life,
    • provide quality education,
    • provide employment opportunities, like forming collaboration with social enterprises or non-profit organizations.  Another way is to cultivate the land to boost eco-tourism. 
  2. Travel – Travel only if necessary.  Always wear a mask even if your leader does not.  Be thankful if you can study and work from home. Our healthcare workers have to travel and work in the hospital despite the pandemic.  Stay at home to stay safe and keep our healthcare workers safe.   
  3. Patronize eco-friendly products and brands.  This way, we can encourage more people to focus on developing eco-friendly materials/products instead of destructive and toxic materials/products.  You can check out ways to Go Green, Go Clean

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REFERENCES:

  1. Ritchie, et al.  “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Deaths”.   Our World in Data.  Global Change Data Lab.  September 10, 2020.  https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths
  2. Kochhar, Rakesh.  “Unemployment rose higher in three months of COVID-19 than it did in two years of the Great Recession”.  Pew Research Center.  June 11, 2020https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/06/11/unemployment-rose-higher-in-three-months-of-covid-19-than-it-did-in-two-years-of-the-great-recession/
  3. Sud, “Cyclone Amphan caused an estimated $13.2 billion in damage in India’s West Bengal: government source”.   CNN.  May 22, 2020.  https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/22/weather/cyclone-amphan-damage-intl-hnk/index.html 
  4. “Sitrep No. 15 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon “Ambo” (I.N. “VONGFONG”)”. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. May 27, 2020. http://www.ndrrmc.gov.ph/attachments/article/4048/Update_Sitrep_no_15_re_Preparedness_Measures_and_Effects_of_TY_AMBO_Issued_on_27May2020_12NN.pdf
  5. “Global Catastrophe Recap: June 2020” (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Aon. pp. 4–5. Retrieved July 15, 2020http://thoughtleadership.aon.com/documents/20200709_analytics-if-june-global-recap.pdf
  6. “Typhoon adds to southern China’s rain and flooding woes”.  The Associated Press.  ABC News.  August 19, 2020.  https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/typhoon-higos-hits-china-weakens-tropical-storm-72462400
  7. Steve Evans (August 31, 2020). “Hurricane Laura onshore insured property loss close to $9bn: KCC”. Reinsurance News. Archived from the original on September 5, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020https://www.reinsurancene.ws/hurricane-laura-onshore-insured-property-loss-close-to-9bn-kcc/
  8. “2020 Atlantic hurricane season”.  Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Atlantic_hurricane_season
  9. “Summer 2020 ranked as one of the hottest on record for U.S.”.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  U.S. Department of Commerce. September 9, 2020.
  10. “National Preparedness Level 5”.  National Inter-Agency Fire Center.  September 10, 2020.  https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

Suburb: A Haven During the Pandemic

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The move in the suburb from the city in 2018 has been the most difficult decision.  We were supposed to develop the property in the suburb into a Training and Retreat Center.  However, it did not materialize until now, because a lot happened since 2018.   The first few months of 2018 were exasperating.  We have to go back and forth from the city (to attend to our mother dearest), to the suburb (just to meet the handymen for the repairs).  Last year was our major event, and this year, the pandemic crisis.

The property area is not secluded.  It is not in the middle of nowhere but at the center of two world’s best cities.  The property is just walking distance to commercial areas.  However, I seldom see people walking on the sidewalk, because the minimum lot size in the area is half acre.  Some have their own tennis court, pool and ranch.  I hear more of the birds chirping than people talking or vehicles passing.

There were people who think that living in the suburb is absurd.  Some even belittle the people in the suburb.  Maybe because most people in the suburb are entrepreneurs and farmers than working class.  Maybe because the city represents luxury, while suburb represents simplicity.   Or maybe, people have become materialistic and shallow that they prefer LV than nature’s natural beauty.

At first I regret the decision of moving in the suburb.  Thus, the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the overwhelming Coronavirus cases in the city made me realize that it is safer and better to stay in the suburb than in the city.

The suburb and rural are haven during the pandemic crisis.  You can just go out and breathe fresh air without worries of polluted and contaminated air.  You see more birds than humans.  You only wear mask when there are people around, but seldom you see people so no need to wear a mask.

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What happened to the New Philippines?

In 2016, I made suggestions for the New Philippines from my previous post.  However, the priority of the government has been infrastructure, technology and military rather than education, healthcare and agriculture.

EDUCATION

As I mentioned on my post 8 years ago about the K12 Program, the improvement of education should focus on cost effective programs for teachers and students, and not to add burden by adding more billion dollar infrastructure projects.

It is a must for everyone to learn how to survive alone by: doing household chores; learning to plant and cook your own food from scratch; learning to do first aid; learning to troubleshoot basic glitches; learning to build your own house from scratch using adobe or tree house; learning to sew your own clothes; learning to operate machines and vehicles.  I think these essential skills should be in the curricula.

Moreover, I think that every citizen who lives in an archipelago and in flood prone countries should learn how to swim.  Due to climate change, Ecology should be taught in all levels in K12 as major subject and not just part of Science.

HEALTHCARE

When I was in Egypt 11 years ago, I was amazed of the affordable pharmaceutical products.  I also love the Imtenan health shop where you can buy different flavors of honey and tea.  I was thinking  that I will be able to experience the same in the Philippines.  With the pandemic crisis, I still hope that the government in developing countries will improve the healthcare system by:

  1. Conducting further studies on herbal and food medicine that could fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  I still believe that there’s an herbal medicine that needs to be discovered;
  2. Providing cost effective health and wellness programs;
  3. Subsidizing the local pharmaceutical products or remove its taxes.
  4. Providing quality healthcare for all.

AGRICULTURE

The influx of people living in the city has caused pollution and population explosion.   Despite the abundance of natural resources, I can’t understand the trade deficit.  Why import produce from other countries instead of strengthening the local produce?
Why farmers in the rural areas were striving to send their children to school, so their children can work in the city?

I think the government should support and promote the farmers and entrepreneurs in the rural areas, strengthen the agricultural industry by providing cost effective programs for the farmers and the country.

Mother earth provided us with all the food and medicine we need on earth, we just need to discover, plant, propagate and nurture.

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For the Love of Our Best Friend

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Dog has been a man’s best friend.  A protector and follower.  A friend who will make you feel secured and protected.  A friend who will give joy and care.  A friend who will be there when you are in despair.

Recently, our neighbor just saved a lost dog roaming around the street.  The dog seemed to be like a German shepherd, scared, and can sense that we care. That is why the dog did not run away, nor show aggressiveness, nor bark, and even followed our neighbor to her house.  How amazing to know how strong their senses are, how they can sense people who care.  For lost dogs, you can check out the Lost Pet Recovery System. 

Whenever I see a dog, it reminds me of the dogs who became part of my life Prixie, Berry, Nera or Cookie (who just died this January).  You can check my previous posts on them by clicking their names.

Dogs are adorable.  They can make you feel secured and protected.  I can vividly remember how we were protected by Nera, a breed of Dobermann and Rottweiler.  She was big and barked loud that made strangers scared to get near our gate.  Yet, Nera was friendly to those who care for her.

If you live alone and lonely, it will be helpful to have a dog.  It was believed that dogs help absorb the negative energy.  They have strong senses.  They can sense love, care, maltreatment and danger.  They were trained to sniff drugs and now to sniff out coronavirus.  They can even sniff out coronavirus far better than machines or tests [1].     There were studies on the benefits of pet therapy for our physical and mental health [2].  You can check out some research findings at Animal-Assisted Therapy Research.

I understand the cravings of meat lovers, which I was brought up to eating meat.  But once you look onto the eyes of a dog, you will sense that they also have emotions, and they will make you feel how helpless they are, that they need humans for them to survive and be protected.  I can’t imagine why people still patronize the Yulin festival.  If you want to help save the dogs and other animals, you can check out the Humane Society International

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REFERENCES:

  1. Cremer, Justin. “Dogs sniff out coronavirus far better than machines or tests”Alliance for Science.  Cornell University.  May 27, 2020. https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/05/dogs-sniff-covid19/

  2. “Animal-Assisted Therapy Research.” UCLA. https://www.uclahealth.org/pac/animal-assisted-therapy

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