Jerikah A. Tabaog 2013-40868 Bio 1 WFX-1 Dr. Carmela Española Endangered Tales of An Endangered Paradise I am in awe and incredibly blessed to have seen this documentary about the amazing beings existing beyond the ordinary scoop of environment I live in. Never have I thought that my country is as sundry and full of beautiful life forms as I could have imagined. Yet together with this elation I feel is heavy sorrow that while it’s true that our country is rich in biodiversity, most of its earthly treasures are at the brink of scarcity. In this film, I’ve learned that it’s not only important to have a good economy in a certain country for it to flourish and be considered successful. High biodiversity, after all, plays a big role in determining the success of a thriving nation in ways that only high biodiversity can contribute. For one, high biodiversity is a sign of a rich, healthy and unique nation from the rest of the world. It is a sign that all the livings co-exist in unison and in a harmonious way without one species having to disappear because of another. High biodiversity, as told in the video, is a gift from God - something that we Filipinos, have the privilege to govern and take care of. A few critically endangered species mentioned were both from the flora and fauna of our land. The first was the Philippine Crocodile which are now down to a population that can be counted in our fingers. Another is the Black Shama, a rare type of bird only found in select Visayan island forests. To be honest, it was the first time I’ve heard of such bird. I was glad knowing such an exotic bird exists in our territory yet disheartened to know that their species are critically endangered as well. Of the species mentioned in the film, it’s saddening to say that I was aware only of the Philippine Crocodile’s existence all this time. The other magnificent yet also endangered species present were the Spotted Deer, Black Warty Pig, Golden Crown Flying Fox, and the Cebu Cinnamon Tree. As mentioned also in the film, the endangerment of these creatures heavily relies on the humans particularly the Filipinos’ way of life. What I’ve found interesting was how close-knit the relationship between humans and these species in the biodiversity are - the reality that the one depends on the other and vice versa for both of their preservation. I was amazed because I wasn’t previously aware of the weight of impact one’s life is to another in that sort of scenario. I have deeply realized that a single, simple, minute detail of my way of living such as throwing garbage properly or using paper towels affects the lifespan of a certain tree. And this tree affects me just as much. In the giant scheme of things, we really are a web interconnected with each other - one way or another. We are never on our own. Our actions have consequences just as much as our inactions. It is only now that I’ve realized that one’s course of life and purpose really is not just for self-preservation, but should truly be for the preservation of other species as well. Because, in the end, it’s our home we’re talking about. As for me, a future engineer, this knowledge implies that in order to be a good engineer, a deeper consideration of the resources for any project I would conduct should lessen the damage if not benefit the ecosystems these species live in. Another way that I think I can help is by developing technologies or mechanisms for us to discover new species faster before they disappear. It is heartbreaking and deeply awakening to be informed of these realities happening just a few hundred miles from the comforts of where I live. However embarrassing it is, I am actually more ignorant about these fantastic beasts than I care to admit. And it’s not really something anyone should be proud of. However, now that it has been shown, I’m now more grateful than humiliated to know the facts of their status and be able to do something about it. One thing I only hope is that it is not yet too late.