Vote for meYesterday, we received a lovely poem written by Jason Occidental, a 5th year BS Computer Engineering student at Ateneo de Davao University. According to Jason, he got so inspired after attending the "Berde Ka Ba?", a Green Electoral Initiative that Greenpeace launched in Davao City last April 19.

The poem, beautifully written in Cebuano, is so moving that we couldn't help but share with all of you. (Thanks to Beau Baconguis for translating it to English).

 

Ako’y usa ka puno

Dili ko kalihok

Ug dili ko makabanha kung akoy putlon

Labaw pa niini dili ko makaboto.


Ako’y usa ka suba

Dili ko kabasa

Ug dili ko makabanha kung akoy hugawon

Labaw pa niini dili ko makaboto

Ako’y usa ka agila

Dili ko kastorya

Ug dili ko makabanha kung akoy patyon

Labaw pa niini dili ko makaboto

Ako’y usa ka tawo

Makalihok ko,

Makabasa ko,

Ug Makastorya ko.

Ug pwede ko makabanha para sa akong kaugalingon

Apan dili lang dapat para sa ako

Kay dunay kinaiyahan nga nanginahanglan sa akong boto.

   

I am a tree

I cannot move

And I cannot complain if I am cut down

But most of all, I cannot vote.


I am a stream

I cannot read

And I cannot complain if I am soiled

But most of all, I cannot vote.


I am an eagle

I cannot speak

And I cannot complain when I am killed

But most of all, I cannot vote.

I am a person

I can move

I can read

And I can talk

And I can speak for myself

As well as for others

The environment needs my vote.

And he goes on,

"Let us be reminded that our land features, bodies of water, trees, plant, and animals cannot vote leaders that would protect their welfare. This is why they rely on us to vote for leaders who also give concern to the environment."

Berde ka ba?Our country's leaders should be green superheroes, not jokers or even worse, environmental villains. Protecting the environment should be a priority election concern both for the candidates as well as the voting public.

Environmental protection directly translates to economic benefits for the nation as a whole, for communities and for each individual Filipino.

Thus, I quote Gro Harlem Brundtland: "You cannot tackle hunger, disease, and poverty unless you can also provide people with a healthy ecosystem in which their economies can grow."

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More about Jason Occidental:

Jason is a 5th year BS-Computer Engineering student at Ateneo de Davao University and an intern of the Center for Renewable Energy and Alternative Technologies. He is also an editor of Atenews and Hardhat, two of the known student publications of the university.