Tag Archives: Typhoon Haiyan

Waking Up To the Howling Winds of Typhoon Rammasun

Typhoon Rammasun / Glenda aftermathI woke up early this morning to the frightening howling winds of Typhoon Rammasun (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Glenda). Power had also gone out, so there were no other sounds to distract me. I stayed in bed, listening to the strong winds (about 150-185 kph) buffeting our roof, our windows, the trees around our house. I was imagining our roof being torn away, letting the winds and rain into our house. I remembered Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which had devastated many parts of the Visayan region of the Philippines in November 2013. If this Category 3 Typhoon Rammasun was scaring me this much, I couldn’t even begin to imagine how frightened those people were then Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan was wreaking havoc on their homes.

Typhoon Haiyan was a big wake-up call. Thanks to climate change, strong typhoons like these will likely pass through the Philippines every year. Even in the once thought to be unlikely places. Now, in wherever part of the Philippines we may live, we have to be prepared, and be prepared for the worst. Prepared for strong winds and heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides, prolonged power outages.

And always keeping in mind, what can we do to help make our homes, our lives, our country more climate resilient? What can we do to save ourselves, our community, our environment?

Thinking Earth Week

Happy Earth Day, Big Blue Marble!It’s just minutes after Earth Day (April 22).  And I’ve just recently learned of Earth Week, which is a great idea since it gives us more time to think and talk about the many environmental problems around us and how we can help tackle them.

Over the last few years, my family has developed some habits with the intention of being more eco-friendly. We bring our own reusable bags for use when shopping. We’ve learned the habit of bringing our own reusable water bottles when going out so we avoid or minimize buying plastic water bottles. We turn off electrical outlets and appliances when not in use (avoiding standby mode). We use rechargeable batteries. As much as possible, we try to buy and use eco-friendly products.

Are these habits enough? After seeing the devastating effects of climate change and global warming, especially since I was here in the Philippines in November 2013 when Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) destroyed many lives and much land in the Visayas, I think not.

There must be more, much more that my family and I can do to help prevent to help prevent future environmental disasters and contribute in making our world safer, cleaner and healthier. We are small, we are just one family, but we hope that together with other small individuals, families and groups, we can make a difference.