Catching fire

To fulfill its design a car needs fire, a boat, an airplane, a train, each needs fire to move through the world. When the car ceases to run and the airplane is decommissioned, the boat mothballed, it’s because the fire is gone. We call this death. Same goes for us, we die when our fire goes out. So, for as long as we’re here, we need fire to move through the world. When we catch fire there is unlimited energy, unlimited creativity, unlimited resources. Pierre Teilhard de Chadin said it this way :

Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the tides, and gravity we shall harness the energies of love. Then for a second time in the history of the world we will have discovered fire.

My “Catching Rain” presentations always begin and end with a conversation about the importance of “catching fire”. If we catch fire, water will be plentiful, new opportunities and possibilities will suddenly become obvious, and we will have the energy to implement new solutions to old problems.

The key to economic & social progress is water

Cebu watersheds remain at risk — Philippines

“We, concerned Cebuanos, living under the same serious threat knowing that hardly 40 percent of Metro Cebu’s population is served with potable water system and considering the degraded condition of our watersheds and aquifers, have banded together…to arrest the trend of overstepping the threshold limits of water sustainability,” CUSW members said.

They pointed out that the key to economic and social progress is water.

Formed in January 1995, CUSW comprises national government agencies, local government units and business, academe, women, youth, upland residents, farmers, fisherfolk, landowners, professional, urban poor, nongovernment and people’s organizations.

The alliance has been lobbying for the protection and proper management of legally protected watersheds in central Cebu, as well as other water sources, to ensure sustainable water.

It is also helping the Cebu City Government improve an ordinance on rainwater collection as a way to conserve water resources.

Alingasa noted that many people are still apathetic to problems affecting water sources, which include pollution.

“It seems that all efforts …devoted by CUSW to increase awareness about these situations amount to only ‘a drop in the ocean'”, he said. “We still have a huge and difficult challenge to awaken people from their complacent attitude towards the creeping water crisis.”