The “Al Gore: Live in Manila” conference was very much like watching “The  Inconvenient Truth” live but with updated pictures and more examples from Asia,  particularly from the Philippines. Ever since the movie came out, a lot more people  became aware of the Global Warming issue, but we need to be more vigilant in forcing  organizations to change their policies on controlling CO2 emissions. According to Al Gore,  the tipping point is near and he commended the Philippines for leading the way in using  renewable energy.

I would like to share with you my key takeaways during Al Gore’s talk in Manila:


Photo courtesy of Jake Versoza

1. Bangui Windmills on your Mind.

These white giants have become a tourist attraction in Pagudpud, and they are, indeed, a great example of how we can leverage wind energy. I heard they plan to put more of these gentle-looking windmills on top of the mountains. Thanks to Ilocos Norte for being a visionary in using renewable energy.


Every time I see these windmills, a song plays inside my head with these lyrics:

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind



Photo courtesy of Recharge News

2. We love Sun Power Corp!

Yes, one of the biggest manufacturers of Solar Panels is based in the Philippines in the Laguna Technopark. However, they are not allowed to sell in the Philippines and they are exporting it only. 🙁 Imagine how awesome it would be if they could supply the Philippines with all these solar panels. 🙂

Al Gore mentioned this in his talk, and a lot of Filipinos were proud that day just to know that we supply solar panels to the world.

3. Puerto Princesa’s 100% Electric Tricycles Initiative.

We have ridden the electric tricycles of Taguig, but they are quite slow. The entire city of Puerto Princesa is changing all its tricycles to 100% electric, and they are fast and can travel at 60kph. I was amazed by the design of these 2nd generation e-tricycles and it totally changed my perspective on how tricycles should be in the Philippines.

To know more about these electric tricycles, check out Diana’s blog:
Electric Tricycles Puerto Princesa Palawan

Thanks for leading the way, Mayor Hagedorn! No wonder, the air in Puerto Princesa is quite cool and not as hot as in Manila. I was hoping for Al Gore to mention Puerto Princesa, but he didn’t.



Photo courtesy of ThinkGeoEnergy.com

4. I’m proud of the Geothermal Plants in Mt. Apo.

Al Gore mentioned that the Philippines is leading the way in harnessing the power of heat, particularly the Geothermal Plants in Mt. Apo. It was a proud moment for us when he mentioned it, and I do hope he continues to share that trivia at all his talks, not only in the Philippines. 🙂


5. Doubling of Category 4 and Category 5 Typhoons.

We have to be ready — the number of the strongest Category 5 Typhoons could double! I personally monitor the weather using Wunderground.com, and this weather chart was the typhoon pattern of Super Typhoon Durian (locally called Reming) that devastated the Bicol region. It was supposed to hit Manila directly, but it changed direction when it hit Bicol.

I remember the Thousand Bears Project of Cathy during Typhoon Reming with the image of the destruction in Daraga, Albay.

 
Photo courtesy of Green Peace Asia

6. e-Jeepneys of the Philippines!

From the Bamboo Jeepneys of Leyte to the electric jeepneys already going about their normal operation in Ayala, Makati, we can be proud of these Filipino inventions. I just hope there is an initiative to convert 100% of Jeepneys to Electric Jeepneys. Maybe the Binays can lead the way in Makati!

Boracay should follow the electric vehicles initiatives of Taguig, Makati and Puerto Princesa. In the past, I heard that the politicians there were greedy and lacked the necessary vision to lead the island. I do hope Mayor John Yap can change that and help Boracay in converting all the island’s vehicles to electric. It is unpleasant now to walk around the streets of Boracay because of the fumes from the tricycles, vans and 4x4s.


7. “CO2 emissions in Philippines went up but have since stabilized. CO2 emission in Philippines is stabilized at 20parts per million.” – Al Gore in Manila

Although it’s nice to know that our CO2 emissions in the country have stabilized to 20 parts per million, now is the time to reverse the trend and show the world that CO2 emissions can indeed be reduced!

8. It’s cool to have an Orange Plate!

Having a fancy car that destroys the environment is starting not to be cool these days. But having an electric bike with an Orange plate ? Now, that is really cool!

You can buy the Eco Friendly Electric Motorbikes from Puerto Princesa in Palawan. These electric motorbikes cost just as much as a Canon 7D DSLR. It does not run on fuel but you have to recharge it with its solar panel recharger. I wonder how long it stays charged on the road?


The Solar-Powered Street lamp in Chewa Viewpoint in Basco, Batanes.

9. Solar- and Wind-powered Street Lamps.

Instead of installing all those ugly and different colored lamp posts, why not invest on these solar and wind-powered Street Lamps used in Batanes and Puerto Princesa? I do hope that our politicians could be less greedy and, for once, think about the environment.

Since it was the city of Manila that created the trend of Halo Halo Lights, just imagine if the officials there changed all the street lamps to solar- and wind-powered street lamps — maybe we would see those eco-friendly lamp posts erected in all cities in the Philippines.


The wind- and solar-powered streetlamp on the way to the Underground River in Sabang, Palawan. It really looks cool. 🙂


10. First eco-House in Cebu. 🙂

Cebu is leading the way in the construction of eco-friendly houses in the country with its much-celebrated eco house. How I wish we could have more of these eco-houses in Manila! Kudos also to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa for getting on the green bandwagon, too. 

Live an Awesome Life,

Anton 
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P.S. Let me know if there are other eco initiatives around the Philippines that are worth mentioning. 🙂