Friday, June 27, 2014

Fragile Turbulence

"The Day After Tomorrow" is one of those films that evoke a striking and relevant message about the unpredictable climate that we are experiencing now and what may come. I'm no climatologist, but the extreme storms that we are experiencing as well as the erratic climate patterns are obvious red flags that should be taken seriously.

The movie emphasizes on an extreme climate shift that puts North America and Northern Europe under heavy snow and below freezing temperatures resulting in a second "Ice Age".

If you have lived in a tropical country like me where summers are sweltering and the rainy season brings an average of 30 or more storms, you will know what it means to experience a very unstable and unpredictable climate system.

Storms now bring more rains and winds are more intense than ever that causes floods as if the Pacific Ocean just decided to drop by in the streets of Manila or neighboring provinces without even being invited. The extreme heat during the summer can somehow make you look like a melting snowman and you can literally cook raw eggs on the roof or in the middle of the streets.

We have had our share of storms and I'm sure other countries around the world have experienced the same. It seems that these extreme weather conditions worsen every decade and there's no telling when the next snowstorm or super typhoon will hit...and where.

There have been international climate conferences or summits and agreements have been drawn regarding carbon emissions reduction, but it all seemed too passive and ineffective. If we can't seem to find a more aggressive and relevant solution, we should at least consider practical survival strategies.

It may sound all too morbid for some, but we do have to prepare for a catastrophe when there is none. Realistically speaking, we cannot predict what tomorrow will bring particularly because weather prediction nowadays may no longer be called an exact science.

Some of the facts presented in the movie may not be entirely accurate as it was made for cinematic effect, but the truth of the matter lingers that the environment is fragile and the turbulence that we are experiencing one storm after another will only get worse. 

The question is not only a matter of how, but most importantly: WHEN

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