June 19, 2008

I just saw The 11th Hour today as produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. It is a must-see for those who got the first jolt from Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. The film is more detailed than Al Gore‘s award-winning rendition in the sense that this has more climate change experts thinking out loud. This also delves into the forces behind the current culture of apathy with regard environmental preservation–the corporate and government policy makers who are doing much delay in the implementation of pro-ecology laws, and the miseducated consumers of the present plastic era.

In the end, the film prescribes that all we need is a deep and profound love for our own place. Somehow this rings a bell for writers from the provinces who for the most part, are closer to nature than their Manila counterparts. I think it is easier for them to hear the language of nature and pick up images for their poetic strategy. This is because the prevailing design for poetic expression has always been that of a poet-milieu-audience dialectics. It is then the moral obligation of writers to champion the cause of preserving the environment. Lest we all become plastic poets in a plastic planet.

That is why it is but timely that the Camarines Sur Climate Change Summit will talk about Global Warming on July 29, at the St. Peter Baptist Hall of the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary. It will be a whole-day event with speakers coming from Manila and Bicol such as Energy Secretary Angelo Tomas Reyes and weather scientist Michael Padua of Naga College Foundation. Everybody in invited.


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