Friday, 31 October 2008

When is a mountain a mountain?

Today I delivered to Mt. Cotton in Redlands Shire near Brisbane. Mount Cotton has many diverse attractions including a winery and breathtaking views across Moreton Bay and to the Gold Coast. I wanted to check out the winery maybe do some wine tasting, but I was there for work. There is also a driver training centre in mt cotton. A couple of the idiot drivers I met on the roads would have been well served doing a course there. But back to place names, to call the place a mountain or mount is really stretching it. Mount indeed! I mean the place I went to, which admittedly is higher than the surrounding plains, is at elevations of 20m above sea level! Where I come from that would be the top of the silt accumulating at the chico river delta in the sea off Appari from all the topsoil flushing down our creeks and streams.
“How many years can a mountain exist?” before you can call it a mount?
The answer gayam, is obviously blowin’ in the moreton bay breeze.
I suppose if we do not look after our mountains there’ll come a time when they’ll be laid bare and get washed to the sea. So let’s help preserve our mountains, our forests, hill and dale, meadow and vale, our land our home.
DENR reports state that the UN ranked the Philippines as the 47th biggest contributor to global warming. CO2 emissions in the country reached an annual average of 41,000 million metric tons in the last decade. Forest fires contribute immensely to these emissions. These happen from February to May at the height of the dry season. Fires on average destroy 2,750 hectares of forest plantation in Central Luzon and account for at least 65 percent of deforestation in the last 15 years. The Cordillera region loses about 130 hectares of forest cover to fires each year(? verification needed). Among the main causes of forest fires are the kaingin system.
So let’s do our bit. Oppose commercial logging. Oppose mining and quarrying. Prevent forest fires. Regulate kaingins and the use of fire as farming tool. Help make our mountains a sustainable resource that will last far into the future.
I was born on that mountain, that mountain’s my home…

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