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Climbing Without Shelter!
Friday, November 10, 2006

"Must you seize my world by storm?" -Daisy Chain, Cynthia Alexander (of the Philippines)

Indeed, the world of some Pinoy sportclimbers have been seized by a storm called Milenyo. (To Ala: that's what's up here). Just when I was about to resume climbing after months of hiatus due to a knee injury, my favorite indoor climbing gym closed shop. Super-typhoon Milenyo took the gym's roof away, taking with it the routine climbing life of the climbers. It's been over a month now since the unfortunate incident happened and the gym still has no roof. Can't demand for an immediate re-opening, though. Indoor climbing (or rockclimbing per se) is not that big here in the Philippines and I can only wonder how climbing gyms still survive.

And I wonder, too, how we will survive when climate change already brings the worst of its wrath. Climate change is happening right now, alright, and the gym incident made me think how unprepared we are for the impacts of climate change (an example of which is the super-typhoon Milenyo). Something as simple as re-roofing, our gym cannot even afford. Indeed, it is the developing countries which will be hit most by climate change and the sad thing is, we do not have the means to combat it. Will the government's calamity fund, meager as it already is, suffice? Filipino families should probably start having their own calamity fund, that is, if the budget could allow.

It is more than money talks, I believe. Our way of life will be (and is already being) affected by this issue. Just last week, another super-typhoon visited the country and it managed to spoil my beach getaway. I can't help but ask, "when will the erratic weather patterns end," not realizing that these erratic weather patterns are only part of what is in store for us when we continue to ignore climate change! It is just the beginning, friends!

We are climbing without shelter. Climbing, progressing to a future that we are unsure of. Having the gym's roof blown away is already a bummer, but losing my future, our future to climate change? Saying that it's just a bummer is an understatement.

posted by The No Show @ 1:02 PM,


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Japo32 said...

I'm actually hoping that these erratic changes in climate continue all over the world causing global disasters and the collapse of human civilizationas we know it.
Perhaps this is the proverbial flood of the new age, the difference being the world is too saturated with sin that just flooding is not enough.
The world man has made is just bursting to destroy him, i.e. the billboard, fire hazard living compounds, pollution, media full of violence, junk food, and a lot of other stuff.
It may just be inevitable.

at para hindi heavy yung ending:
Bee Happy!!!


At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

will winds affect climbing if there is no roof and isn't it unsafe to climb in those conditions? its true that its like the world today where conditions are unsafe since we have no 'shelter' because australians and americans dont want to help kyoto treaty and want to just emit.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger densio said...

Yes it's quite unsafe to indoor climb in such conditions, hence, the gym was temporarily closed. With regards to the Americans and Australians, yes, they emit but don't commit (to the Kyoto Protocol). Still, I hope. For the US and AUS to commit and for the world to give more "concern" than what is currently being given to this issue.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger densio said...

For Bee Happy: I KNOW YOU! Haha usap na lang tayo minsan tungkol sa mga natutunan ko sa 2.5 kong subject tungkol sa isyu ng climate change bilang hindi "inevitable..." may natutunan naman ako kahit papaano hahaha.

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous keyt said...

i know what you mean. these days, summer gets hotter and hotter every year. i dont even think a lot of people know why that is so. maybe, if at least 75% of the world's population knew what global warning is about, the whole security situation will go awry. i mean i think an air of panic will definitely arise.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger densio said...

I'd very much welcome an air of panic than the literal air of hotness that we are getting now! Global warming: boo!

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sa TS ka na lang! heheh may bubong pa kami!!! wehehehehe :D


At 11:29 PM, Blogger densio said...

haha ayoko sa TS, mas ramdam ko climate change dun! perfect example ng greenhouse effect! para kang nasa microwave!

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous sprazztanaz said...

regarding global warming and climate change, these events should have occurred at a very slow rate. too bad it has been us who are responsible for the accelration. for every action is a reaction. if only mankind wasn't bent on making profit, we could use alternative energy sources in a very affordable price. think of the shuttle's fuel cell where the waste product is pure water. not much else to blame and point fingers. we have to act now.

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I just recently joined Greenpeace and read the article, "climbing without shelter", and I want to help in my own little way. Can you give me the location of the gym so that I can visit and give my support...and who can I look for? Thanks a lot. More power and keep on climbing.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger densio said...

Hi! Help the gym or help in Greenpeace causes? You joined Greenpeace as a supporter/member or as a volunteer? The gym is at Power UP Pasig in Kapitolyo (near Meralco Ave and Shaw Blvd) and is still closed until now. What kind of support are you willing to give? You can email me at denise.matias@gmail.com for more details. Thanks a lot!

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous James said...

It is a shame that we are left with the climate change mess but too few of us are helping to stop it and are too self indulged in themselves to relise that if we don't stop it years down the line it will be too late.

I agree with sprazztanaz it is the people who are hell bent on money and profit who are the biggest problem causers.


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