BEHIND the pretty faces are brains that hold environmental awareness. I find the answers quite good to the question on droughts and El Niño.

Lin-ay sang Negros bets advised Negrenses on ways to conserve water to ease El Niño’s drought and heat wave. Candidate Shara Shane Rubejes said people must close faucets after using water and check and repair pipe leaks.

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Beauty bet Princess Diana Mindermann recognizes cloud-seeding as a stop-gap measure for inducing rain shower but people should save water resources. Another bet Rhea Joy Florentino added that El-Niño is a wake-up call for us to resolve environmental issues.

Contestant Shamy Amour Talatala echoed the same sentiments. She added that people should stop using chemicals and pesticides that destroy the environment and cause pollution that triggers global warming. (Although linking pollution with global warming seems a disconnect.)

Be that as it may, Talatala should have mentioned organic agriculture that bans synthetic fertilizers and poisonous pesticides and herbicides. She could even be the perfect model endorser of green products if she could re-invent herself.

I find her environmentally-correct reply incongruous with her Friendster account. Talatala probably is better off as a gore-grind or death metal endorser. The genre splatters her Friendster account, decorating it with bloody gore and forensic pathology, making use of intricate and disgusting yet cartoonish drawings from gore-grind albums.

Gore-grind bands sport such exotic names such as Reek of Putrefaction, Carcass, or Ultimo Mondo Cannibale—monikers and images that could induce a marketers’ nightmare in promoting green and healthy organic products.

Of course, I would have been happier if the candidates linked water conservation with protecting our watersheds. After all, the candidates mostly came from mountainous cities and municipalities where the province’s watersheds are located.

Moreover, the candidates could have cited a recent UN report that said 2 billion tons of waste water—including fertilizer run-off, sewage and industrial waste—is being discharged daily. That waste cocktail fuels the spread of disease and damages ecosystems.

The promotion of organic agriculture would be the perfect solution to water pollution since the system avoids deadly synthetic chemicals.

The UN Environment Program report “Sick Water” said that 3.7 percent of all deaths are attributed to water-related diseases, translating into millions of deaths. Polluted waters kill much more the wars and genocides worldwide. More than half of the world’s hospital beds are filled by people suffering from water-related illnesses.

“If the world is to thrive, let alone to survive on a planet of 6 billion people heading to over 9 billion by 2050,” said the report, “we need to get collectively smarter and more intelligent about how we manage waste, including wastewaters.”

Still and all, I’m happy with the Lin-ay candidates’ replies. Beautiful faces with beautiful replies.

It’s a different matter though for the candidates for various electoral posts. These people I would hold to a higher standard. I wouldn’t mind how they physically look if they could provide our citizens with the best platforms that we can hold them accountable if and when they get elected.

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