When I was a kid, I would often stroll down our subdivision to get hold of the fresh air and to glimpse upon the beauty of nature. Near Enchanted Kingdom, which is the most famous amusement park in our country, was an enormous land where cows would eat the abundant grasses and a humble family grows their crops for a living. My mother regularly buys fruits and vegetables in their place because she knows that it is not infested with pesticides and other harmful chemicals. We can really see how they tend their crops carefully.
Oftentimes, several tourists would visit Enchanted Kingdom. There are hundreds of visitors who go there every weekend that people in our subdivision couldn’t get pass the main road in front of the amusement park because of the dozens of buses parked along it. The residents in our area filed complaints against the park due to the heavy traffic the tourists cause.
So to remedy the damage, the management of the park bought the lush field beside it and converted it into a barren parking lot. And you know what’s worst about it? Enchanted Kingdom is not ALWAYS fully booked with people. It only becomes occupied during summer, field trips or important events, but the rest of the days: those COUNTLESS days, the park remains empty.
What a permanent solution they have given for such a temporary problem. I felt pity for the family who have to leave because of the construction of the parking lot. Where could we get those fresh fruits and vegetables now?
I feel bad not only for the fact that “parking lots are now worth it than fruits and vegetables” but also for the fact that I can’t do anything about it. I have no money that could go against Enchanted Kingdom or the power to imprison them for slashing nature. But one thing’s for sure: I have the voice.
I have the voice to join environmental organizations such as YES-O and Luntiang Pilipinas (Green Philippines). I have the voice to plant trees, conserve water or recycle goods.
Most importantly, I have the voice to write this simple essay. I am sure that the concerned people will listen to what I have to say now that I have written this. I don’t need to be a laughing stock for them, letting them think how pathetic and naïve I am. What’s business if nature is being hurt all the time?
Thank you Mother Nature, not only for inspiring me to join green organizations or to execute those save-our-earth schemes, but for the most cherished value you imparted me: COURAGE.
You gave me courage so that I could stand up for you, the same way you did when you stood up for me when I felt coward.