Nature's profile is rich and dynamic. It enraptures us, brings reminiscences of childhood, and re-creates the images of the Lost Paradise. It offers refuge from urban living, and recess from daily grind. It also tells us of what we are missing, or what we are going to miss, perhaps forever. The magnificent profile of nature reminds us to do our part to save Mother Earth so that her beauty and bounty are preserved and enjoyed by us and future generations.
- Abercio Valdez Rotor, Ph.D.
24 Ways to Build a "Children of Nature" Culture Dr Abe V Rotor
Young biologist studies a specimen. Tree planting and home gardening
Summer painting workshop for kids.
1. Our children need to know the true meaning of biodiversity. Four attributes - richness in kind, population, interrelationship.
Biodiversity per se does not guarantee sustainability unless integrated with functioning systems of nature.
2. Our children’s development must be holistic In all four stages: genetic, childhood, lifestyle – and fetal (in the womb). Sing, talk to your baby while in the womb.
3. Our children are at the front line and center of people’s revolution spreading worldwide.
Arab Spring is sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, so with the escalating unrest questioning the present world order. All over US the young are angry at economic inequity.
4. Our children become new heroes – heroes for the environment, martyrs for Mother Earth. Heaven is in a regained Paradise on earth.
The coming of a universal faith, irrespective of denomination. To be saved is not by faith and promise. Heaven starts here on earth.
5. Let’s prepare our children to face the consequences of loss of privacy and secrecy, from personal to institutional transparency.
Janitor fish - subject of kids' curiosity, an introduction to biology.
“You can no longer hide. There is no place you can remain with anonymity.” Wikileak unveiled classified information about the Iraq and Afghanistan war. Bank secrecy laws and safeguards are changing. Citizens have the right to know many hidden financial transactions.
6. Our children’s involvement in social media makes them actors and not mere spectators. They become involved, concerned with issues, local and far reaching.
There is need to strengthen Development Communication (DevComm) over conventional entertainment and reactionary media.
7. Our children will inherit our aging infrastructure. Aging Infrastructure pulls down the economy, increases risk to disaster, creates ghost cities and making life miserable.
A new field of biodiversity has been born in deserted towns, on the 38th Parallel between South and North Korea, in land mines areas, ghost towns, among deserted high rise buildings, in high radiation areas like in Chernobyl (Russia) and Fukushima (Japan).
8. Our children are deprived of natural beauty and bounty with shrinking wildlife, conversion of farms and pastures to settlements, and destruction of ecosystems.
“Canned Nature” (delata) have become pseudo Nature Centers. Gubat sa Siyudad, Fantasyland, Ocean Park, Disneyland
9. Our children, and succeeding generations are becoming more and more vulnerable to various infirmities – genetic, physiological, psychological, pathologic.
Computer Syndrome is now pandemic, and its toll is increasing worldwide. South Korea is the worst hit.
10. Our children’s learning through codification defeats logical thinking and creativity. Thus affect their reasoning power, judgment and decision, originality of thought and ideas.
More and more children are computer-dependent. They find simple equations and definitions difficult without electronic gadget.
11. Our children face the age of singularity whereby human and artificial intelligence are integrated. Robotics robs human of his rights and freedom – new realm of curtailment and suppression. (2045 – The Year Man Becomes Immortal – Time Magazine). This is falsehood!
On-the-spot painting; wall mural painting
12. Our children finds a world of archives - memories, reproductions, replicas – of a real world lost before their own time.
We are making fossils, biographies, dirges and lament, as if without sense of guilt.
13. Our children will realize that optimism will remain the mainstay of human evolution, rising above difficulties and trials. Hope is ingrained in the human brain that makes vision rosier than reality.
Anxiety, depression will continue to haunt, in fact accompany progress, but these all the more push optimism up and ahead.
14. Our children are overburdened by education. They need freedom to learn in their own sweet time and enjoy the bliss and adventure of childhood and adolescence.
E-learning is taking over much of the role of schools and universities. Open Universities, Distance Learning will dwarf classroom instruction. Beginning of a new University of Plato’s dream.
15. Our children will witness in their time the beginning of a post-capitalism order, environmental revolution, rise of growth centers and shift in economic dominance and order, more green technologies, and space exploration.
This is Renaissance in in the new age.
16. Our children will continue looking for the missing links of science, history, religion, astronomy etc, among them the source of life itself and its link with the physical world.
Linking of disciplines, narrowing down the gaps of specializations, making of a new Man and culture.
17. Our children become more and more transient in domicile where work may require, and for personal reasons, and when given choice and opportunity in a global perspective, intermarriages notwithstanding.
“Citizen of the world” is a person without a specific country. He is therefore, rootless.
Humans since creation are rooted politically, culturally – and principally biologically.
18. Our children will have a family size of ideally 2 or 3 children, enabling them to achieve their goals and dreams in life. They will strengthen the middle class the prime mover of society.
A natural way of family planning and population planning, trend of industrialized countries.
19. Our children will clean the land, water and air we the generation before littered. They will heal the earth we defaced, damage. With generation gap closed, the task will be shared by all.
We must be good housekeepers of Mother Earth now.
20. Our children will be part of devolution of power, decentralization of authority, a new breed of more dedicated leaders.
Natural History exhibit at the former St Paul University Museum QC
Children hold the key to change. It’s the Little Prince that changed and saved the pilot in an ill-fated plane crash in Sahara.
21. Our children face acculturation and inter racial marriages. Melange of races is on the rise – Eurasian, Afro-American, Afro-Asian, etc – a homogenization process that reduces as a consequence natural gene pools.
Culturally and scientifically, this is dangerous. Homogenization leads to extinction of races and ultimately the species.
22. Our children will live simpler lives, going back to basics, preferring natural over artificial goods and services. In the long run they will be less wasteful that us.
There is always a hidden desire to escape when things get rough. This is instinct for survival either by detour or turning back.
23. Our children face the coming of the Horsemen of Apocalypse – consequence of human folly and frailty (nuclear, pollution, poverty). More than we grownups, they are more resilient to adapt to the test.
History tells us that this is true.
24. Postmodernism may do more harm than good for our children in a runaway technology and culture. They cannot and will not be able to keep with the pace and direction of change.
This is not true. “I am the master of my fate, I’s the captain of my soul.” And this is what we want our children to become – but only when they are CHILDREN OF NATURE.
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday
Gypsy family on the move to the city
Faithful bullock (Sta Gertrudes breed)
Oh, how the children followed the gypsy cart, the city bred their eyes shine in awe; the old remembering the rustic scenes of art, a spectacle of parade and show. I remember the lady gypsy of Notre Dame, the sea gypsies andthe nomads; how free, how simple they live sans destiny. known only and guided by their gods. One afternoon the sound of greaseless wheel and hoof, cart creaking and rickety, brought into my home the gypsy air of old, giving life to legend and fantasy. ~
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio 738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday
Giant wind turbine in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, at your finger tips.
1. Solar or sunlight is the most plentiful energy source; virtually no place on earth is without sufficient supply throughout the day in all seasons of the year. Sunlight has many applications, from domestic (eg laundry) to agriculture (eg drying grain and fish). Here is a short list of utilizing solar energy
heating of homes
desalination (saltwater to potable water)
solar battery (computer)
2. Wind power has been the fastest growing energy source in the world since 1990 (Time). In the US wind power supplies 1.4 of total energy needs - from almost 0% of the total in 1973. What boost wind power is the government's large subsidy of $5 billion in 2010. Wind power is among the first to be used in industry. Holland is among the countries that use it in driving mills, irrigation and manufacturing. The wind mill is romanticized by Miguel de Cervantes in his novel, Don Quixote.
kite flying, gliding
3. Biofuel. This includes ethanol from corn, sugarcane and cassava. Biogas from farm waste (piggery, ranch, poultry, organic wastes ( domestic) constitute 4.5 percent of the total energy production in the US, up from 2 percent in 1973. The US subsidy for biofuel is $6.6 billion in 2010.
sludge (organic fertilizer)
bio fertilizer (Azolla, Nostoc, Anabaena)
4. Dendrothermal energy comes from wood. Firewood is still the num,ber one kitchen fuel in the world.
Burning rice hay is waste of energy and potential fertilizer and forage
crop waste (bagasse, rice hull, corn stover, hay)
5. Hydrothermal energy cromes from natural hotsprings and fumarols. It is volcanic in origin.
Hydrothermalcirculation in its most general sense is the circulation of hot water; 'hydros' in the Greek meaning water and 'thermos' meaning heat..
6. Hydroelectric generation works of gravitational force of flowing water which drives turbines to produce electricity. Other than this moving water produces tremendous energy which can be harnessed.
SWIP (Small water impounding project) irrigation and electricity
submersible turbine (electricity)
7. Other renewable sources of energy
tide (high-low cycle)
labor-saving devices (pendulum principle)
Dry twin waterfalls Patapat, Pagudpud (IN) - result of watershed destruction. Photo taken in December 2011
Deceiving view of wasteful and ostentatious living at the expense of the environment.
2. What and Where is the so-called Good Life? The Good Life is shifting with the transformation of agricultural to industrial economy.
3. The Good Life is synonymous to Affluence. People want goods and services beyond what they actually need. Want leads to luxury - to waste. 4. The world’s population is 7 billion. Another billion will be added in less than 10 years. Runaway population is the mother of human miseries 5. The proliferation of cities, growth of cities to metropolises and megapolises, each with 10 to 20 million people ensconced in cramped condition. Cities breed Marginal communities “People, people everywhere, but not a kindred to keep," in condominiums, malls, schools, churches, parks, sharing common lifestyles and socio-economic conditions. They are predisposed to common health problems and vulnerabilities from brownouts to food and fuel shortage, force majeure notwithstanding. 6. Loss of Natural Environment – loss of productivity, loss of farmlands, and wildlife. Destruction of ecosystems - lakes, rivers, forests, coral reefs, grasslands, etc. Destruction of ecosystems is irreversible. 7. Species are threatened, many are now extinct, narrowing down the range of biodiversity. Human health depends largely on a complex interrelationship of the living world. No place on earth is safe from human abuse. Coral Reef – bastion of terrestrial and marine life, is now in distress. 8. Wildlife shares with our homes, backyards and farms, transmitting deadly diseases like SARS, HIV-AIDS, Mad-Cow, FMD, Ebola, and Bird Flu which can now infect humans, allergies notwithstanding. 9. “Good Life” cradles and nurses obesity and other overweight conditions. Millions of people around the world are obese, wih 34% of Americans in the US obese. 10. Global warming stirs climatic disturbance, changes the face of the earth. 11. Globalization packages the major aspects of human activity – trade, commerce, industry, agriculture, the arts, education, science and technology, politics, religion and the like. 12. . Mélange of races - pooling of genes through inter-racial and inter-cultural marriages produces various mixed lines or “mestizos” - Eurasian, Afro-Asian, Afro-American, Amerasian, and the like. Native genes provide resistance to diseases, adverse conditions of the environment. But will this advantage hold on even as the native gene pools are thinned out? 13. Modern medicine is responsible in reducing mortality and increasing longevity. It has also preserved genetically linked abnormalities; it cradles senility related ailments. It made possible the exchange of organs and tissues through transplantation, and soon tissue cloning. It has changed Evolution that is supposed to cull out the unfit and misfits. Man has Darwinism in his hands. 14. The first scientific breakthrough is the splitting of the atom that led to the development of the atomic bomb as the most potent tool of war as evidenced by its destruction at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and the nuclear reactor which still holds the promise of providing incessant energy to mankind. The second scientific breakthrough – Microchip led to the development of the Internet which “shrunk the world into a village.” 16. The third breakthrough in science, Genetic Engineering, changed our concept of life - and life forms. It has enabled man to tinker with life itself. Revolutionary industries Examples: In vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, Human Genome Project (HGP or gene mapping), multiple childbirth, post-menopausal childbirth, DNA mapping, etc. Birth of the prototype human robot – pampered, he lives a very dependent life. 17. Genetic Engineering gave rise to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Gene Therapy. It has also primed Biological Warfare into a more terrifying threat to mankind and the environment. On the other hand Gene Therapy aims at preventing gene-link diseases even before they are expressed; it has actuallty revolutionized medicine. More and more countries are banning GMO crops and animals through legislative measures and conservation programs, including protection against “biopiracy” 18. Today’s Green Revolution opened up non-conventional frontiers of production – mariculture, desalination, desert farming, swamp reclamation, aerophonics (rooftop farming), hydroponics, urban farming, organic farming, Green Revolution adapts genetic engineering to produce GMOs and Frankenfoods. We may not be aware, but many of us are eating genetically modified food (GMF or Frankenfood) everyday – meat, milk, chicken, corn, potato and soya products, and the like mainly from the US. Many food additives and adjuncts are harmful, from salitre in longganiza to pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables, aspartame in fruit juice to MSG in noodles, formalin in fish to dioxin in plastics, bromate in bread to sulfite in sugar, antibiotic residue in meat to radiation in milk. • Hydroponics or soiless culture makes farming feasible in cramped quarters, and it increases effective area of farming.
A return to marginal existence
after destroying the environment
. Aeroponics or Multi-storey farming Vertical Farming Farming in the city on high rise buildings • Post Harvest Technology. is critical to Food Production. PHT bridges production and consumption, farm and market, thus the proliferation of processed goods, supermarket, fast food chains, food irradiation, ready-to-eat packs, etc. 19. Exploration into the depth of the sea and expanse of the Solar System - and beyond. We probe the hadal depth of the ocean. We build cities in space - the Skylab. Soon we will live outside of the confines of our planet earth. Now we aim at conquering another planet, another Solar System to assure continuity of mankind after the demise of the earth. 20. Regional and International Cooperation is key to global cooperation: EU, ASEAN, APEC, CGIAR, ICRISAT, WTO, WHO, UNEP, WFO, FAO, like fighting pandemic diseases – HIV-AIDS, SARS, Dengue, Hepatitis, Bird Flu, etc.