Sunday, September 30, 2007
Where Humans Tread, Destruction Follows
I had so gotten used to the idea of moving around everyday with the help of gasoline that I had forgotten that there will come a time when the world will eventually run out of sources to get our present kind of gasoline from. Yes, fossil fuel from which we get our gasoline will not last forever and the Arab nations will soon have dry oil wells. This is probably why the search for alternative fuel resources like biofuel has been stepped up one notch.
Rumor has it that Zubiri, one of the senators of the Philippines, is a staunch supporter of developing biofuel. This is why during the conflict in the recently concluded senatorial elections, my husband hoped Zubiri would win over Pimentel. I have since shared to my husband though that this seemingly environmentally friendly alternative energy source has a dark side.
While I was doing a writing project I discovered that biofuel may yet again be another manifestation of our race’s destructive capabilities. Today, Indonesia and Malaysia combined supply more than 80% of the worldwide demand for biofuel. Because of the great demand for it, a large part of both countries’ forest areas have been cleared to make way for palm plantations that are one of the sources of biofuel. The result is another drastic damage to the delicate balance of nature.
The destruction of forests has displaced the orange haired lovable apes we know as orangutans. Many of these harmless creatures have been brutally killed, injured or left to face the future prospect of starvation. Today, international groups like the Orangutan Conservancy to which the pictures on this post are credited, struggle to save, protect and promote the existence and propagation of orangutans. Unfortunately, there are now only a mere 60,000 of them left in Borneo and Sumatra.
It seems we humans have a way of destroying things wherever we poke our fingers into. My husband says Zubiri will be supporting other efforts for creating sustainable sources of biofuel aside from using palm oil. Let’s hope that this time we don’t end up destroying anything else.