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Urmm… never knew or heard about World Refugee Day before now.  What is a refugee ?  The 1951 Refugee Convention establishing UNHCR spells out that a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

There seems to be alot of days celebrated by UN that should be put on every single one of us earthling’s calendar. Like everyone else, World Refugee Day came to my attention because of Angelina Jolie (must give credit where it is due).

“The refugees I have met and spent time with have profoundly changed my life.
Today I want to thank them for letting me into their lives.”

Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie

The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

People honor the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide on World Refugee Day. It is a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in their communities. Organizations such as Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) often get involved in various activities for the day. They may include:

  • Activist protests against using former prisons to detain migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Screenings of films about the lives of asylum seekers living in a western country.
  • Organization members visiting asylum seekers in detention to offer moral support.
  • Letters or petitions to governments on the treatment of asylum seekers in detention.

Some communities dedicate an entire week that includes World Refugee Day to encourage people to think about the lives of refugees and the human right to a secure place to that one can see as “home”.

As an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees, and which traditionally has shown them generosity, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 55/76 on December 4, 2000.

In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly therefore decided that June 20 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards. This day was designated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring attention to the plight of approximately 14 million refugees around the world.

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The UN Refugee Agency’s (UNCHR) logo is often associated with the day. The colors used are either white on a blue background or blue on white background. The logo features olive branches that symbolize peace surrounding or protecting two hands facing each other, and in the middle a figure of a person protected by these hands. The logo is sometimes featured with the words “UNHCR”, followed by “The UN Refugee Agency” in smaller text to mark the logo.

Who do UNHCR help?
*  Refugees
*  Returnees
*  Stateless People
*   Asylum seekers
*  Internally misplaced people
*  People with disabilities, women, children, older folks

Read more here.

To UHHRC and Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie, everyone who has made a difference to all fellow human being on this day, wishing you all A great World Refugee Day 2009 and keep up the good work. You show us that there are still kindness and humanity in this world.

green witch

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For those of you do not know what WWF stands for….. it is NOT world wrestling federation but WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, the name was later change to “WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature”.  Whatever the name stands for, I’m sure most of us have seen the panda logo since young.

wwf_logofinalIn Malaysia, WWF are trying to get people to pledge their support to save the turtles. For most Malaysian, we are used to seeing the turtle being use as mascot to represent Malaysia in sport events etc. Other than that, what have we done to see to the conservation of these turtle? I remembered the first and last time I went to Rantau Abang to see the turtle lay their eggs. You would not believe the number of people surrounding the turtle. Imagine everyone watching while you try to give birth. sigh. That was not the worst thing. After the turtle lay her eggs, she tried to get back to the sea. Some youngest climb on the back and started taking photos. It was really disheartening. I was in my teens then and I cried at the cruelty of some fellow human. My group of friends tried to advice them not to disturbed the turtle. But it was no use. We decided to get out of there. The incident make a huge impact on me. I saw how cruel we humans are. Not only to animals but to fellow humans as well.

That incident happened about 24 years ago. I believe/ hope the authority have taken steps as not to allow such behaviour now. The Trengganu government did try some conservation methods and breeding the young. “In 1950s, there were 10,000 turtle nest in Rantau Abang.” The numbers are decreasing by the year. Now there’s only about 1o nests. The demand of turtle eggs from the public are not helping the cause. When the buying STOP!, maybe the killing will too?

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“Turtles play a critical role in keeping marine ecosystems healthy; the same ecosystems which sustain our fisheries and tourism industries that provide food and livelihoods for millions of people. Marine turtles are threatened with extinction due to various factors, including: the practice of consuming turtle eggs, marine and nesting beach pollution as well as illegal trade of turtles and their parts. 
Leatherback turtles have already been declared functionally extinct in Malaysia. ” On the 21st April 2009 – WWF-Malaysia today launched the “Egg=Life” campaign aimed at improving the protection of marine turtles in Malaysia.

The campaign, will run from Earth Day 22nd April to 30th September 2009, targets to gain pledges from 40,000 members of the public. People who sign up in support of WWF-Malaysia’s “Egg=Life” campaign will pledge to:

  • support laws that will ban the sale and consumption of all turtle eggs throughout Malaysia
  • support the call for comprehensive and holistic Federal legislation to conserve marine turtles
  • never consume turtle eggs, or trade in turtles or their parts

To read here

So what are you waiting for. Just sign the pledge and you’re an instant conservation hero. You even receive a certificate like below.

wwf-pledge_e-cert1Let make it possible for WWF to reached the 40,000 pledge signatures goal they’ve set. You don’t have to do great things to make a difference. Just a signature and tell as many of your friends. Make a change with a signature at a time.

green witch

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I’ve just watch “HOME’ on NTV7 between 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Verdict : Very entertaining, informative, educational, impressive and most importantly make an IMPACT. Everyone should be encourage to watch this documentary. Schools, parents, should make it a point to watch together and see the destruction of our planet by US. Yes. You and me. Most of the time we did it without even thinking. This documentary will be in your face about your future on this planet.

Earth is our only home. If we don’t do anything, we might be climate refugee soon.

You can make a difference. Start NOW. The planet needs YOU. Unite to combat climate change.

green bitch;\

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This year, World Environmental Day theme is

THE PLANET NEEDS YOU.
UNITED TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE.

Every year we celebrate WED but does everyone actually practises what they preach ? The world is a very sad place today. Climate change is affecting us all and yet there are still people in this region which do not care that they are contributing to the situation. Malaysia is once again being slowly but surely enveloped by the haze. Every year around this time we will have this problem. People just never learn. Not only does our neighbouring country Indonesia practises ” slash & burn” but it looks like the imported maid also does the same thing. My neighbours seems to love open burning just about anytime of the day. I’ve been trying to catch them on video but to no effect. Since they know that I have been on to them, they are now burning at night. Add to this, now the haze from our neighbouring country will just get things worst. What is our government doing about it ? Shouldn’t there be heavier penalty to all this people who love to burn and cause other people discomfort ?

Daily tip from UN :
Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.

So what are you waiting for ? An invitation ? Sigh. Recycling is the easiest way you can help in combating climate change. Don’t just read and forget about it. Get off you butt and go recycle. Better yet before you recycle, try repairing first.

Below are a series of posters by UN.

01_ACT_MORE_CYCLINGCycling keeps you healthy and the earth healthy as well. When you cycle, you burn FAT and not fuel.

04_ACT_MORE_RECYCLINGRecycle all those plastic bottle that is been thrown around at landfill. Better yet reuse them as vase or containers.

03_ACT_MORE_TREEPLANTINGPlant more trees to green the earth. Logging and deforestation are one of the biggest problems facing most country in the world. We need these tree to maintain a balance in the eco-system.

05_USE_LESS_PAPERUse less paper. Since the introduction of computers, we kept talking about paperless office. Have we reach there yet ? Seems that we are using more paper than ever. I’ve cut down totally on writing on paper or even printing out anything. Don’t buy newspaper but read online. No snail mail but email. All documents are electronic unless needed. When I do need paper, usually reuse the other unprinted or written side of junk mail.

 

07LESS_POWER

Switched off the light when not in use. Unplug. Be aware of energy vampire.

08LESS_WATER

Use less water. Repair that licking tap. Take shorter shower. spare a thought to some people in the world who don’t even have access to proper clean drinking water.

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Commemorated every year on 5 June in more than 100 countries around the globe, World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and boosts political attention and action.

 With thousands of events in UNEP’s six global regions including North America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and West Asia, World Environment Day is considered one of the largest environmental events of its kind. 

To read more on WED go here.

Can’t wait to watch the global premier of HOME on WED 2009.
You can watch it online here 

Whatever it is. Hope you have a very HAPPY FRUITFUL WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY. Let work together to make our only planet a better place HOME.

green witch 😉

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It has been a year since I started this blog about my personal interest of greening the earth. Been busy lately and haven’t gotten the time to put in some of my thoughts.

After 1 year, I still find many people very ignorant about 3R and also environment conservation and sustaining earth resources. Will keep on pushing for more awareness among the public and government.

” Life is not measure by every breathe you take but by every moment that takes your breathe away.”

green w.i.t.c.h.

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