The past can be read even from the tiniest motes of fossilized pollen, and doing so may yield surprising insights for both our present and future. How did our ancestors interact with their environment? Given the Philippines is already a biodiversity hotspot, how many more extinct species of flora and fauna lie under the soil? And, just as important, how might our ecosystems react in response to sudden climate change? Perhaps some ancient tooth out there will have the answers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many inequalities in our society: whether you have food on the table, whether you can afford not to go outside to pursue your livelihood, whether you can study or work from home, are matters of whether you have or have not. And so it is clear those who have an excess in material wealth are called to share them with the less fortunate.
The fight for gender equality continues. Beyond just being a time to celebrate the individual successes of women, Women’s Day and Women’s Month should be taken as an opportunity for us to remember the struggles of the women who came before us who made the better world we live in possible.
Everyone has the right to decide if, when, and how to have children. So yes, we support people’s decision to have children as well as people’s decision not to have children, and we work to make sure that people are able to make such decisions free from coercion and in an informed way.