The GIG Run, a run to raise awareness on the need to protect and reforestate the Ipo Watershed is one advocacy race i would surely want to join. A clean environment is still the essence of our existence with the preservation of our nature. Breathing in fresh, unpolluted air is essential, while our forests provide protection againts harmful carbon dioxide, helps minimize floods in low lying areas and provides a habitat for fauna and other living objects.
As runners, our forests provides an area for recreation, a place to run, to camp on or just to appreciate and be one with nature. Running in the shades of trees and unspoiled mountain sides is a thankful and almost spiritual experience. To hear your own breath in the silence of nature, appreciate the scent of beauty and enjoy the fruits of creation is priceless. Without a doubt, this experience, together with keeping our bodies healthy thru running enhance an escape from the stress of our everyday lives.
Yet, we continue to bear witness to the destruction of these forests thru cutting of trees and continous land development. This is most obvious during our various trail runs outside the metropolis as we ran the various hills of stagnant subdivision areas, we see cracks of asphalt and cement deteriorating in what was probably a once forested area.
Signs of neglect are obvious in many parts of these areas; rotting machines abandoned; the cracks on asphalts where grass creeps out between its cracks and brown smokestacks, probably to burn wood and sell its coal. We all should do our share in protecting the environment and we should do it now. Former US Vice-President Al Gore notes that time is of the essence since a diminishing period of time exists for us to protect our wilderness areas before they collapse. Otherwise, he says, we may reach the point where clusters of grass and trees are encased in bubble of protection, like those animals in our zoos. Let’s give our next generation of runners a breathable earth to enjoy their sport.