I support Gina Lopez

It’s a personal conviction.

And I do not profess that persuasion because of any affiliation to any group, organization, political party, creed, or religion.

I do so as a person, a member of the society, a Filipino, a human being who is part of humanity who reside in this earth, the planet which .

We live in a day and age considered crucial in human history.  We live in a millennia when man has the capability to make a decision to continue humanity or end it.  We are at a stage of our specie’s development when we are pitted against the very environment that supports us and allowed us to live.  The earth is finite and it’s resource limited; human population continues to grow but it has to reach a number which this earth can carry.  in spite of all the monumental progress in technology we have achieved.

I recognize the huge contribution of the mining sector in our country’s development.  And of the many Filipinos it employed and fed all through this years.  But we simply have to accept that the earth’s resources is not unlimited.  There are certain numbers for all the rocks and metals and minerals it contain.  We can not forever extract as much as we want.  And even if we still can, we have to weigh the benefits and costs and consequences of the decisions and actions that we take.

It’s not as if we do not have alternative actions to take.  We have already mined all we can thought the ages.  Physical resources, especially metals do not diminish with use, unlike other resources.  We continue to add and add to the society’s stockpile as we continue mining.  We can always reuse and recycle.  It is just a matter of costs and degree of profit.  We have come to a point that one ton of electronic wastes (e-wastes) can contain more gold than one ton of gold ore.  So with nickel, silver, copper, chromite, zinc, iron, etc.  Why do we have to dig the earth’s guts for more.

And at what costs?  No, not the financial values.  Expenses are simply the counterweight to revenues, producing profit when you subtract the former from the latter.  We talk about real costs, especially the non-financial ones and the non-tangible ones.  We worry on economic costs, environment costs, and social costs, the ones usually not considered in someone’s or some corporation’s balance sheets.  We mean the costs to human lives, human dignity, the costs to families and communities, and the costs to all other socially-beneficial and environmentally-sustainable processes that goes alongside development.  At what costs shall we continue.

I don’t know Gina personally and had never met her.  I have friends who do and who have and they say good and bad things about her.  I know and accept that she is not perfect.  But I agree with her stand on the mining issue.  This is a personal conviction but I believe this is a far wider issue, with a universal consequence.  I understand that it maybe pointless to press on with the realities of the corporate, financial, and political lobbies against her, but that doesn’t deter my support for her and her advocacy.  I simply hope others will do the same.  And with them, I continue to hope, against hope, that many others will do so in the future, and we will finally realize that when God appointed us as caretakers of the earth, He did so to make us stewards of the same, to take care and groom and make it a good place to live in and a source for human livability, in the fleeting and temporary time that we are allowed to live here.