Timelapse Video of Operation Lifeboat - Conceived and performed by Catherine Hernandez on Sept 21-22, 2012 to raise awareness of circumstances around flooding in the Philippines. To quote Catherine Herself:
"I know that the culprits to this supposed natural disaster are political and economic. Every year it seems these calamities are occurring. And every year we see that beyond the clear problems of climate change there is also the fact that government of the Philippines is more concerned with lining the pockets of a select few at the expense of the many, and for the benefit of people like us in the West.
In many areas logging and large scale mining have destroyed the natural defences against typhoons, and landslides, many of these large extractive multinationals are from Canada. Erosion of nature’s ability to manage the annual downpours that come with being a tropical country combined with underdeveloped drainage infrastructure result in a level of destruction and suffering that go well beyond what is ‘natural.’ In these floods in Manila it is clear that lack of political will to improve the long ignored drainage networks worked hand in hand with the growing level of poverty in the country that drives many to cities like Manila, only to end up as ‘squatters’ in unsafe areas prone to flooding. And it is a sad fact that the beneficiaries of this suffering include us in Canada."
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Time lapse photography by: Sydney Tam
Music: Sunshine by David Guetta.