Saving those acacias-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
A PHOTO provided of an old acacia and a number of university law students, which landed in two papers yesterday, would've shown more grit from the protesters had they chained themselves to the tree and stayed there until chainsaws started whirring to cut it down.
The editor who told me that was kidding. But it highlights what the opposition to the road-widening project from Naga to Carcar may seem: mostly symbolic and ceremonial.
Was the photographed tree one of seven century acacias that would go or one of 17 that would stay "as is where is." Surely the published acacia wasn't one that would be "earth-balled" and planted elsewhere.
The students can do better by checking the facts given by Department Environment and Natural Resources and see if DENR isn't giving us b.s. about "sanitary" cutting: which trees should go and why (they're diseased, can't take in much water and carbon) and whether DPWH would really plant those thousands of plants that would replace demolished trees.
The students can also find out if the requirements for exemption to the ban on tree-cutting are followed.
The threat that aging trees pose to commuters and residents should be reflected upon, the safety risk, and this: the disruption to flow of people and goods.
Not all melodious
Love trees but fear them when they threaten life and limb and property. "Large and melodious thoughts" may descend upon you when you walk under those huge trees, as they did on Walt Whitman. But what thoughts come from images of a rotting giant acacia crushing a house or a passing bus and the people in them?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2013.