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Carline Nicole S. Chua - 12 St. Luke

by Carline Nicole Chua

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Living Laudato Si'
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Chua, Carline Nicole S.
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First Meeting
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First day of classes. Living Laudato Si'
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With the glory of God's creation all around me, for what am I most grateful?
I am most grateful that I am alive, and that I have my mom who provides for me. I am grateful that despite the pandemic I am able to live and study comfortably, I have a shelter, I eat more than 3 times a day, I study in a private catholic school and I have access to devices and an internet connection. I am also grateful for my family and friends who always have been very supportive and caring whatever the circumstances are. I am most grateful that I have people with me and I am not alone, I'm not saying that being alone is bad. However, solidarity and independence is different in having no one type of alone. I am grateful to be surrounded with good people and God.

What do I most want to sing about with praise?
I want to sing praise most about thanking God for all the blessing He have given me despite my sins and imperfections. I want to sing about how loving, generous, and forgiving He is that no matter what we do we can always still come back to Him and He is always ready to welcome us back with open arms.
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September 6, 2021 Discussion
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Journal
Today is the first day of classes, at first I was quite nervous because I was intimidated by the subject title "Living Laudato Si'". But as the professor discussed more about the subject I felt relieved and less nervous about the subject. Today we discussed about the book creator. We were told to make a newspaper to document what we have discussed every synchronous classes in Living Laudato Si'. We were also taught on how to use this book creator app which is very cool. This app is very easy to learn, to navigate, and edit. We were also asked to answer two questions from the gospel to put in our newspaper portfolio. One of the highlights of today's synchronous class is the asean contest. It was a very good opportunity for us to work together and explore. I am looking forward to this contest and to work with my groupmates. I am also excited and very curious to learn more about Living Laudato Si'. Overall today's first synchronous meeting was very informative and exciting.
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Must we change? Can we change? Will we change?

Change is inevitable. The world is simply survival of the fittest. And to survive, we must change, we must adapt, we must conquer, and we must keep up. Everyone can change, everyone has a choice, everything that we do is up to us. Some may reason with me on this, but I believe that our life is in our hands. We cannot control the actions of people around us but we can control ours. We don't let life control us because we should control life. We can do everything, we can always change. If there's a will there's always away. Nothing is constant in this world except change and that statement was scientifically proven and approved by science. There are many types of changes in this world but I'll simply describe it into two categories, the ones we can control and the ones we have no control of. The ones we can control are our actions. The ones we can't control are the results of our actions. For example, the way we're living for the past years when we do not care for the environment at all and our main focus was an innovation to make our lives easier. This action resulted in a change in our life, these innovations made our lives easier. However, it also made a change in our eco-systems and it made our planet earth suffer. Tons of waste are produced each year and as years went by it kept on piling up. And as time went by, there has been an increase in the natural disasters that are happening in our environment. These natural disasters also became more powerful, and they caused not just people to suffer but also animals. This is when we realized that we need to change and take action. We started making a change towards the environment and less for ourselves. Back then, there were still some people who doesn't cooperate. Maybe this was because some people were cushioned by their privilege that they don't feel the need for change. However fast forward to today when the pandemic started, no one is safe especially when there was no vaccine yet. Were forced to change because of what was happening around us and for the first time in so many years, we were all even and vulnerable. The question about change is no longer optional, we were required to change we were forced to change and it's our fault. Change is something that will destroy us, but it is also something that can help us.
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September 13, 2021 Discussion
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In today's discussion, we learned about the realities and consequences of our actions. Pope Francis said that the ones who are suffering today and the ones who feel the change that is happening in our world are the poor. This has been very old news in the Philippines, and despite the promises the government has provided, they fail to execute and deliver over and over again. The poor stay poor and the rich get richer. There is a lack of equality in the Philippines, and the government doesn't even make an effort to hide it. The privileged people continue to receive special treatment while the ones who need it gets ignored. This happens because of the Filipino crab mentality. There are a lot of people in politics who are corrupt and they seem to be untouchable because of the power they hold and their connections to other corrupt politicians who are also protected by the unjustified law. Filipino's are also traditional people. we value what was passed to us and most of us are old-fashioned and refuse to embrace modernity and conduct change. Instead of adapting to change, we fight it. This is why the Philippines are always left so far behind its neighboring countries, it's because of its people.
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Can we change? Will we change?
Climate Change
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Will we change?
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Can we change?
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Over the years we have been polluting our planet and only home Earth. Now it is taking revenge on us and punishing us for what we did. We abused our environment. We took all that we can without thinking about the future and the next generations. We became selfish and greedy. The poor are the ones who are experiencing the largest impact of the climate change as if they haven't suffered enough. This is because don't have the capacity to live comfortably without calamities, how much more if they have to survive through calamities.
We can change, there are a lot of ways and plans people have made throughout the years. We have solutions at hand. However not all countries have the power to do these solutions. For example in the Philippines, we are covered in debt and we continue to borrow money from other countries even without knowing how we're going to be able to pay it back. This is because of the overlying problems of the country. The Philippines can't even fight through this pandemic. It is ranked 9 of the country with the most number of COVID cases. How will it be expected to put its fund which are nowhere to be found because
Semptember 20, 2021 Discussion
of the corruption in the government to these new innovative and expensive climate change plans and solutions? There's still hope, if only the whole world could unite and help each other we can make the plans turn into reality. That's what happened in the 2015 Paris Agreement. I think this is a very compassionate and great move because no one will help people except people and we share a planet so what others do whether we like it or not will affect us and we can't control that. However we can help others to help fight the climate change. We must help each other and unite so we can have a bright future.
In today's discussion we talked about the solutions and the plans of how we would be able to fight the climate change. It is shocking how there are so many solutions to climate change however, only so little of it is implemented. I think one of the biggest reason why countries specially the ones who are on the poorer side like the Philippines are having a hard time fighting the climate change is because they are also fighting hunger and poverty. In the option on whether to spend more on something to help the environment or to spend on food, most people will choose food. We cannot force this people to cooperate because even if they want to they don't have the ability to do so. Same with the countries. On the state that Earth is in today, there is not much time people have until there's no other option left but to leave Earth which is impossible because there is no other life sustaining planet except Earth. At this point, people don't have a choice but to change and adapt to survive.
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Kiribati - A Climate Change Reality
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I think everyone, not just the people of Kiribati will be sad if they are forced to leave the country where they grew up in. However, they have no other choice because they have no control over the nature. No one has control of the nature, nature will not adjust to us and we can't make it to. We need to adjust to nature, we need to adapt and compromise. What's happening to Kiribati can happen to other countries too. Climate change is a real problem and it can't be stopped, however it can be prevented if we know our limitations and do our part in taking actions to promote a better environment. We must act now before its too late, we must act before it even happens.
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In Kiribati, they are doing everything they can. However they know and even their president knows that there will come a time when there's nothing more that they can do except to leave their own country. Most of their people specially the old ones are deeply attached to their country. The old people of Kiribati will not leave their country and would very most likely die in their country rather than elsewhere. This is a very sad reality we too may face someday if we do not act now. We have taken so much away from the nature not knowing that what we've taken was the one that protected us. Because of our greediness the poor are suffering. Sooner or later, we will too.
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Kiribati is a country surrounded with water. In fact, 100% of it residents live near the sea. Because of climate change, they are in deep danger of losing their home by being submerged into the sea due to the rising sea levels. The people of Kiribati are doing their best to protect their houses from the sea and the rising sea levels. However, their efforts are not enough when the nature decides to strike. The residents regularly moves their houses away from the seashore every three years because of the rising sea levels. Their houses are built right before the seawalls that they built. It is hard for them to leave their houses because they are sentimental people.
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I realized that we should be thankful of what we have today. Usually we don't realize how much we have and how lucky we are until we lose it. I am thankful that I live in a place where I don't have to move my house and worry every time there is a thunderstorm whether my house can withstand it. A lot of people don't even have a place to live in. We should be thankful and grateful for what we have. This is before the nature takes it from us. By then we wouldn't have anything else to do. Just like the president of the Kiribati said. We should be prepared for what's to come, what's coming, and what will come whether there's only a 1% chance of it occurring. It is better to be prepared than to be sorry. We must do our part in saving the world, we need to do our part to save the world that to live in and to save ourselves.
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September 27, 2021
In today’s discussion, we continued our discussions about the events that are occurring on our planet Earth. Our planet Earth is currently the only planet that can sustain life. There have been studies and experiments conducted by the scientists, astronauts, and NASA to explore if there are other planets that can sustain life. As for today, there are now astronauts living on Mars to explore if life is sustainable there. However, the progress is slow because Mars is very different on Earth and there are some things that the Earth has but Mars doesn’t and Mars has but Earth doesn’t. There’s still a lot of research needed to be conducted in order to know whether humans can survive on Mars. Now, whether the scientists have confirmed that Mars can sustain life, there’s no guarantee that humans can survive on Mars because all of us are used to living on planet Earth. Also, it would take years for all of humanity to travel to another planet like Mars and if it is even possible only a small amount of the population are capable of doing so. And since slots are limited, only the richest and privileged people can go. The poor, unprivileged, or even normal people will die on the dying planet Earth if we do not act now to save our home planet Earth. According to IPCC or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there are more greenhouse gases emissions in the atmosphere. There has been an increase in greenhouse gas emission since the 1970s contributing to further warming of our planet Earth up to the present times. This growth is continuing to pollute our planet resulting in it to warm and melt ice on which polar bears and other winter animals live.
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There have been a lot of reports about animal extinction due to melting polar ice caps. Not only the ice animals are affected when ice is melting, land animals and people who live on land or near the sea are affected too. Since the ice is melting, the sea level rises and an unexpected sudden change of climate happens which results in a lot of things to change. First, the animals are disturbed from their natural habitats due to a sudden change in their surroundings and the climate. Some animals live by the seasons and when it is disturbed their cycle will be distracted and their reproduction will be delayed. This will now result in the extinction of some animals. Melting polar caps also affects humans too, it affects our weather resulting in a sudden need to buy for unplanned things that are necessary during a specific season. Because of this there will be an issue within the supplies humans need. As I've mentioned earlier, the reproduction of some animals are being distracted too resulting in a shortage of supplies on meats that humans eat. Speaking of shortage in food for humans, crops are affected too when the weather is changing so suddenly. Some crops are very sensitive and only require specific water or sunlight to survive and be harvested. 
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Due to climate change, it is harder for farmers to harvest crops because their crops die. Due to this, farmers are forced to use artificial fertilizers etc. for the crops to survive. Some of these fertilizers are harmful for humans and as time goes by organic crops become harder to find and more expensive. This cycle goes on and on in circles. Climate change caused by humans comes back to humans either in a direct or indirect way. This climate change is without doubt caused by human activities. For the first time in at least 800,000 years, methane and N20 peak its highest levels. Also, for the first time in 2 million years,
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the highest amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has been recorded. These are due to the lack of trees and the continuous deforestation, wildfires, and other events that cause trees to die. The lack of trees also causes landslides, mudslides, and etc. This is why for the past couple of years, there have been many reports of landslides and other natural disasters. Here are also other reports of our planet’s state according to IPCC. Our planet Earth is getting hotter by the second at a faster rate than in the past couple of years. Today, we are now experiencing the warmest multi-century period. For the past two centuries, the increase in temperature was record breaking. Before the pre-industrial times, Earth’s temperature would only shift between -0.5 degrees celsius and 0.5 degrees celsius. However, since the 19th century, the planet has gotten 1.07 degrees celsius warmer. There has been an unprecedented observed warming in at least 2,000 years. This warming of 1 degrees celsius to 2 degrees celsius is caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Another issue is the sea level rise. The world is literally drowning. For the first time in at least 3,000 years, it is rising this fast. The global mean sea level has risen faster in the last 100 years.
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