Michelle (not her real name), a third year education student of Universidad de Manila, sees the nearby Arroceros Park as welcome relief amidst the urban jungle that is Manila. “Our school is right next to busy thoroughfares, so there is considerable noise and air pollution around the area. The trees of the Arroceros Park somehow lessen the harmful effects of this pollution,” she said. The Arroceros Park is an urban forest in a 2.2 hectare lot tucked between Villegas St. and the Pasig River in Ermita, Manila. Dubbed as the last lungs......
The Goal: Communities living high quality lives in love, peace, and harmony. The Plan: Each area of the Philippines is developed with a non-negotiable commitment to certain principles.
Global context: Continuing crisis of the dominant global model (Washington Consensus) since the 2008-2010 Global Financial Crisis Reflected in the rise of Donald Trump (“America First”) and other Trumps, Brexit crisis in Europe, unresolved crisis of Greece, failure of the World Trade Organization to conclude its Doha Round (2000), crisis of “shareholder capitalism”, etc. In short, crisis of neo-liberalism (nobody wants to be labeled “neo-liberal”), yet most policy makers stick to neo-liberal framework and apply neo-liberal policies....
The oceans are in trouble, as ocean explorer, film maker and conservation advocate Alexandra Cousteau puts it. A team of marine scientists found a dazzling array of soft and hard corals, fish, algae, and sponges in Benham Bank,during a week-long expedition in May 2016. They observed one hundred percent coral cover in several sites, with an impressive field of plate corals. We saw terraces of corals, as far as the eye could see. It’s so...