NOW climate change has really hit us hard. Coffee harvests in Cordillera have been halved according to our friends in Benguet because of typhoons and unpredictable weather.
In Mindanao, our Sulu sisters and brothers report drought and unpredictable rain patterns. I remember our visit to Brazil a few years ago where coffee farmers track rainfall to ensure Brazil’s no. 1 spot in the world coffee market as biggest producer. They are serious about rainfall patterns, even without typhoons or tropical depressions.
How do we address climate change? Believe it or not, we all can help by making changes this New Year—in our lifestyles.
A greener lifestyle may mean just a slight adjustment in how we go about our ways from diet to shopping, and what we actually do in our everyday life.
Meatless Monday. This has long been a campaign especially in meat-loving communities. Now, we must actually do it to cause the big change in greenhouse gas emissions.
Use less of everything. Less packaging. Less plastic. Less paper. Then we will need less trees to cut.
Compost your waste. If you have some space in your backyard, start a compost pit. Then you will throw less waste to landfills and reuse everything including coffee grounds to make your own fertilizer.
Use less bottled water. Let’s go back to having drinking fountains. After all clean water must be free. Each local government must endeavor to give residents clean water like they have in Davao City.
Use solar power. You can now produce your own power to charge cellphones and give light. Solar panels have gone down in price and thanks to people like Jim Ayala it is now very accessible to have solar lamps and solar chargers.
Car pool if you must. Try to car pool with friends and use less cars or use less gas. Walk and use the walkways provided by local governments and mall developers.
Whatever you choose to do, do it for yourself and for Mother Earth. We can always dream of a city with bicycles and fresher air and free drinking water.
And the people in business who will be displaced by all these moves simply will move on to found other greener businesses. A smart business person can change, too, and be part of the move to go green.
Live Green. Let’s all start this New Year! Happy Green Year to all!
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Chit Juan is a founder and owner of ECHOStore sustainable lifestyle, ECHOmarket sustainable farms and ECHOcafe in Serendra , Podium, Centris QC mall, Davao, Cebu City, Antipolo and Iloilo City. She also is President of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and President of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc., two non-profits close to her heart. She often speaks to corporates and NGOs on sustainability, women empowerment, and coffee. You can follow her on twitter.com/chitjuan or find her on facebook:Pacita “Chit” Juan. Email her at email@example.com