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It’s the end of the month again. How time flies. And what do you know ? Today is Arbor Day.

What is Arbor Day ? Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.

The national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

Eventhough Arbor Day is a national day in Nebraska, I think everyone should celebrate Arbor Day. Send everyone of your contact a Arbor Day e-card. We should be treehugging rather than tree chopping. At the home front, there’s Tree planting at Bukit Kinding Resort, Chemor tomorrow (1st May 2010). Check more at Star Ipoh Diary.

HAPPY ARBOR DAY AND HAPPY LABOUR DAY.

Let’s go tree planting and tree hugging.

signing off ~ green bitch/witch    B)

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This year, Earth Day will coincide with the World People’s Conference on Climate Change, to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and with the International Year of Biodiversity.

The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, better known by its Spanish acroynm CMPCC, is a conference organized by the Bolivian government to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 19-22, 2010. The event will also be webcast online byOneClimate and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA). Many believe that the conference is a response to what some termed failed climate talks  in Copenhagen during the United Nations Conference of Parties climate meetings in December 2009.

One of the Cochabamba conference’s stated objectives is to provide an alternative platform for civil society and governments to discuss climate change issues, and specifically to produce proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects in the lead-up to the next UN climate negotiations scheduled during the COP 16 meeting in Mexico in December 2010.

Other objectives of the conference in Cochabamba include the drafting of a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, the organization of a People’s World Referendum on Climate Change, and planning the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal.

The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is a year-long celebration of biological diversity and its value for life on Earth, taking place around the world in 2010. Coinciding with the date of the2010 Biodiversity Target, the year was declared by the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2006.

The International Year of Biodiversity is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity through activities and events in many countries.

This means, as well, to influence decision makers, and “to elevate biological diversity nearer to the top of the political agenda.

Whatever the reason, political or not, I believe everyone who calls themselves citizen of  earth should make a pledge to do better for Mother Earth. Small gesture of planting trees might just be a step closer to bringing everyone together. All the talk about climate change and global warming etc etc. At times, many people just cannot understand all this terms and it just turn them off. Earth Day should be a day where everyone should spend with their family or love ones outdoor. Appreciate what mother nature has to offer. Wake up early and watch the sunrise together. Get out of the house, don’t drive or even take a vehicle that consumes petrol. Instead, ride a bicycle or even use your leg to walk. That way you can cut down on your carbon emission for the day. As for me, I’ve decided to go tandeming with my hubby and enjoy Mother Nature. At the rate things are going what with so many earthquakes happening non-stop recently, we both feel that we should spend more time outdoor. cycling and exploring our town and looking up difference species of plants. I’ve been collecting seed of all the medicinal local plants. It’s another one of my hobbies.

The Theme for this year Earth Day is THE GREEN GENERATION. And their core principles are

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one

No matter where you are on Earth, take a moment to celebrate this day. Lift up your glass and give thanks for Mother Earth. Earth is our only Home. And remember….. There’s no place like HOME.

For those of you who wants to know more regarding climate change, there’s a good article about the latest news of  volcano in Iceland go here.

green bitch/witch 🙂

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The International Day for Monuments and Sites (informally known as the World Heritage Day) was created on 18th April, 1982, by ICOMOS and later approved at the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. Check out more in my last year blog.

This year 2010 the theme is AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE. To know more about Agricultural Heritage go here.

Heritage Trail Map 1 by Kinta Heritage Sdn Bhd

As for me, I’ll probably checkout Ipoh Heritage Walk that going to be taken place on April 25. The tour, commencing at the Ipoh Town Hall at 8.00 a.m., a total of 24 heritage buildings located within the perimeter of Club Road (Jalan Dato’ Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab), Post Office Road (Jalan Dewan), Clayton Road (Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam) and Belfield Street (Jalan Sultan Yussuf) will be visited. Read more here.

Whatever you be doing, take a moment to appreciate our heritage. Once gone, can never get it back again.

HAPPY HERITAGE DAY.

green bitch/witch 😉

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