The ice caps are melting, shimmering glaciers are retreating while fruitless dry deserts are growing vast fast. The sea level is rising, eating up shores and small islands along its way. The trees and sources of vegetation are getting fewer. The field of plants became factory plants and people are eating fake food, processed and instant. The concrete jungle expands and reclaim areas not meant to be inhabited shooing away animals in the process and they are dying, heck, some are already extinct – Philippine Rhinoceros, Warty Pigs, Dwarf Bufallos, and Stegodon, to name a few. Will we wait for the sky to fall before we tremble on our knees? The sky isn’t falling yet, but it surely pours hard when super typhoon rains that it floods – flash flood.
But just like how a small yet constant ripple could make a huge wave, how a domino with a push of a determined mommy finger (See what I did there?) can move hundreds, thousands of his brothers, I, as a self-proclaimed environmentalist is still hoping for the best for our dearest mumshie, Mother Earth. Oh, if only dancing like Scamander can save our planet’s rich fantastic beasts and majestic faunas… I am trying to save Gaia, ironically imagining myself like one of Rick’s half-bloods one candy wrapper in my pocket, one foodless plate on my table and a close tap while brushing my choppers at a time. Of course it’s not enough. It’ll never be…
Raising two kids of my own, I’m growing more anxious by the minute.
Will there be enough air for them to breath when I’m gone or is the technology be really advance that the future promises a boom business of selling tanks containing oxygen with variety of scents like fresh pine trees and calming lavenders? It may sound melodramatic, but remember that we are buying water in bottles – some are already flavored. And not to rub it in (Okay, maybe a little), the air quality index in congested parts of the metro is higher than the maximum safe level of total suspended particulates when measured in micrograms per normal cubic meter.
Will it still be safe enough for them to enjoy life, appreciate nature and cherish priceless moments like watching sunset in a sunflower field, or catch fresh fish perhaps without worrying of red tides, floating garbage or plastic microbeads inside the fish’s digestive track while their hair being played by the salty breeze of the sea and not the toxic smog, or bite into a ripe fruit freshly picked from the tree and not microwaving processed food claiming to contain real fruit extracts and bits?
This is why we love superheroes – subconsciously, we are longing for a powerful force to turn things around for the better without lifting a finger. We don’t have Peabody’s space apple to rip the space-time continuum or use Granger’s time turner to double our time and effort, and of course, we should knew better than this.
We have to snap awake from our dreams to face the reality, to wear our adult pants and deal with the problems – but not everyone is awake, in fact, many are enjoying their dreams riding dragons, singing with the minions and shooting stromtroopers, but I hope this post might help you wear that invisible cape and save our home for real, this time.
As for our household, we take advantage of the fact that they love superheroes & characters that makes a difference in spite of the mediocrity amongst them like the fastest snail Turbo, retro arcade game villain-turned-to-hero Wreck-It Ralph, Dusty the crophopper and many more inspirations from Pixar, Dreamworks, and BlueSky. Using these references, Gerilen and jer sons are saving Planet Earth!
We segregate everything as much as possible. Discarded papers to be used as scratch for manual computations and then later on be used as papers to paste receipts for our BIR submission.
Upcycle is a process of turning trash into something more useful than it’s original purpose or creating products from discarded material higher than its value.
Like I said, we buy drinking water in bottles and we upcycle empty bottles by using them as our mobile comfort for nature call number 1 – at least for the little gents on the ride. Some empty bottles we also used as an improvised natural insect trap for cockroaches and other pests. This improvised traps are so effective, it gives me goosebumps! Recently, upcycling empty water bottles became more glamorous and shiny as I use them to calm agitated toddlers by recreating them as glitter swirls – a snowball wannabe.
Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.
Just comment down below if you want me to write a separate How To on glitter swirl and insect trap, and how did we get to make the coconut husk a coin bank without breaking it.
The Triple R Technique. REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.
Did you know? According to Google: Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. It can even take some bottles 1000 years to biodegrade! That’s a long time for even the smallest bottle.
No garden space? If there’s a will, there’s a way!
Here is our growing system, the vertical micro garden.
Day 5 of Brassica Rapa, our humble Pechay
So after upcycling empty bottles as our mobile cr, we drain its content and with the rest of other discarded bottles, cut them in half. I’m a cheapskate and instead of buying fancy pots on ikea or lazada, I’m happy to say that we are reusing plastic bottles as plant pots, letting them hold life while they wait 450 years to disintegrate. It gives me the feels. Bittersweet.
Not just plastic bottles, we also updated our recycling program and gave tetra packs another reason to exist! Now, life is better for them than rot in a dumpster, or worse, clog the rainwater drainage or end up in the bottom of the ocean choking fishes and destroying coral reefs – the possibilities are endless and terrible.
We also ask for free coffee grounds from our favorite overpriced coffee shop and reuse them in our compose pit. We also use discarded banana-q sticks and plastic forks as our garden piko (pick mattock), plastic spoon as shovel when transferring seedlings to our tetra pack pots.
My babies didn’t get the chance to experience fashionable cloth diapers, so to make up for that, we use soiled (pee only) diaper gel as water retention in our garden to reduce our waste contribution.
We are teaching them to eat their veggies and we want them to learn how to grow their own food as early as now. It’s one of the things you need to learn if you want to survive zombie outbreak, apocalypse or something terrible like that.
Kidding aside, we let them help us create and tend our small garden, hoping to grow our garden with their help. Hoping of harvesting fresh vegetables from and while singing the Bahay Kubo song and my personal favorites, like okra (lady finger), tomatoes, eggplants to cook and pick fresh flowers, too.
The Hero’s Sidekick and Secret Weapon
While doing our hero’s duty, we keep in our arm’s reach a secret weapon to protect us from invading danger. Danger from insects like mosquitoes, lices, fleas, bed bugs and ticks that could transmit infectious diseases.
As we try to be one of Earth’s heroes in our own little ways, OFF! Insect Repellent is our our ally, our defense against Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Zika Virus, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya and many more.
OFF! Insect Repellent contain active ingredients like DEET and Picaridin to shoo away insects carrying diseases, discouraging them from touching, landing and biting our skin. It gives 8-hour protection, non-greasy with no heavy feel – perfect for everyday use!
Bonfire’s a no-no without our campfire must-haves: a bucket full of water, Off! Insect Repellent and stories to tell.
Before letting them help us, we see to it that we (mum and dad, too) all first apply OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion as it secure our protection and gives us peace of mind while we tend our garden, play outside and even before reading them bed time stories.
There is no worse than Snicket’s attempt to retell the tales of the Baudelaire orphans, and still Violet, Klaus and Sunny make the best out of the resources they have (like serving Puttanesca sauce out of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and pitted olives) while doing their best in all their infamous unfortunate circumstances (but Count Olaf is insisting for roast beef). So with hope in our hearts, we’ll wait to see our ripple oscillate, became a wave and make a difference, too.
Clyde asked me to take a photo of him wearing a hanky on his back as a cape.
I do not know why superheroes wear their underwear on the outside but not all heroes wear capes and are able to fly, sometimes they just apply OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion and use their green thumb to save Earth.
OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion will keep us safe as we save Mother Earth to infinity and beyond!