“In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference” -Rachel Carson
For the last three years, I've witnessed how Greenpeace Water Patrol here in the Philippines worked hard not only to remind us Filipinos about our right to clean water but also to challenge those people in government positions to rise above political dispositions and make a concrete ecological agenda to address water crisis in the country.
It started sometime in 2007 when a broad study of surface, ground, and drinking water sources in the Philippines was carried out by Greenpeace, with a strong message asking "is our water safe?"
After launching the Project: Clean Water with a very successful photo contest which was aimed at documenting the state of Philippine freshwaters, especially looking at the threats, series of investigations and actions were done to some bodies of water in areas of Manila, Bulacan, Angono, Taytay and Laguna.
Clean water is a right for all. Greenpeace has been alerting the government on the sorry state of freshwater resources in the country. With dirty, polluted water come increasing cases of water borne diseases as well as other health deficits caused by chemical pollution. It has long been due that we individuals abandon the dangerous misconception that pollution is an avoidable consequence of economic development, warning that this notion is itself responsible for the grave environmental threats now confronting us as a nation, and has begun to seriously undermine our aspirations for health, clean livelihoods and just and lasting economic progress.
Just as everyone who has witnessed and is still witnessing the work of Water Patrol here in the Philippines, I am grateful for the fact that this initiative from the organization helps not only by educating us on how we can take part on protecting the vital source of our water supply but also by taking real, concrete actions.