Climate Change and Home Gardening 101
Lupa (Soil). Tubig (Water). Hangin (Wind). Araw (Sun).
These four words are the basic elements in starting a garden. Presented by Jon Jon Sarmiento, or fondly called as Farmer Jon, beginning and having a familiar relationship with these 4 elements will begin a person’s journey with gardening/farming.
These 4 elements are affected by climate change. Climate change happened through global warming. Global warming is the cause of humanity’s negligence of the thinning ozone layer. All of these things are taught from elementary schools but it’s only now that the world is taking real action.
This year has been the hottest in the history of the world. We’re breaking heat records by the year as opposed to several years before that it feels like the world is turning into a gigantic boiler.
As a predominant agriculture economy, the Philippines can be a major contributor in fighting climate change. Climate change is drastically affecting the lands. We are experiencing extreme bouts of El Nino resulting to impoverished people having no food (e.g. rice farmers asking for food)
One such strategy of battling Climate Change is strengthening our agricultural roots by home gardening and farming.
Starting your own garden will be tough but we need to take heart to help our environment. Start your own garden to provide food for your family. That’s how Kahariam Farms started. Design your farm with food in mind. Have a farm plan. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
Design for climate resilience but also climate rehabilitation. Be interactive with your garden. Plant and take care of your produce yourself.
Be content with what you have. See the beauty of simplicity. We have created a lifestyle of an economic situation that is destroying our environment.
Stop relying on others to bring food to your door. It wasn’t really supposed to be that way. Each of us has an innate ability to interact with nature. What we give, we will sow. If we take care of the space given to us by earth, it will also take care of us.
We have an ecological responsibility as inhabitants of this world. The earth is our only economy. The earth is the only place we can call home. Let us take care of it.