(SPOT.ph) Taal volcano's eruption on January 12 surprised most of us. Despite its classification as an active volcano, we didn't think that would awaken again after more than four decades of slumber. Things escalated quickly on Sunday afternoon; and even before the day ended, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology declared Taal Volcano's status to be on Level 4 (a.k.a. a warning of imminent "hazardous eruption"). Thousands of families have been displaced from their homes in Batangas and Cavite, livestock and farms near the vicinity were wiped out, and animals were left behind. Suffice it to say, we're powerless against natural disasters, especially at the rate that climate change is going—which ironically is of our own doing. Maybe this natural calamity will finally prompt us to take quick action.