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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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UN World Water Day 2010 Poster.

Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Last year I blog about it and it seems everyone of us did take for granted that water is there for us everytime we needed it. Sure water is relatively affordable in this country. Most household get their water from the tap. Lately, with the hot weather, dams are drying up and several states are asking people to be more prudent when using water.

It is very interesting to see people not caring about water and only make noise when they cannot get any. Human nature. There are still alot of people who do not get source to clean water everyday around the world. Read more here.

The reality is that an estimated 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Therefore the theme of World Water Day 2010 is focusing on raising awareness of water quality under the theme ” Clean Water for a Healthy World“.

Let us all raise our glass of water to celebrate on this World Water Day 2010 in praying and be thankful for the blessing each of us received in having water to drink. May everyone of you see a glass of water as a GIFT from above.  Salute…, Kampai….

Drink up. Who knows when you might get another glass of clean water again. The climate change has also effected our water supply. Remember WATER IS LIFE. Without water there is NO LIFE.

Cheers
Green BITCH 😉

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again where everyone is reminded to switch off the light for 1 hour. I blog about it last year and it seems more are jumping on the bandwagon this year. For the year 2010, 60 EARTH HOUR will be on the 27th March (Saturday) starting 8.30pm.

For those of you who have no idea what the hell is Earth Hour and what the heck is everyone so into switching of the light for an hour, go to here.

Most of you may think that just an hour of switching off the light might not make a difference but if many more are to take part, than it is the first step in making earthling coming together and working together for a better Earth. Before we can do GREAT things for mother Earth, we must first come together. Take baby steps.

Happy Earth Hour to all. Do your part. Remember Earth is your only home if you don’t take care of it, who will ?

signing out GREEN BITCH/WITCH 🙂

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What is this “SEAL THE DEAL!” Campaign ?
The UN-led Seal the Deal Campaign aims to galvanize political will and public
support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in
Copenhagen in December.

Climate change affects us all. Nine out of every ten disasters recorded are now
climate related. Rising temperatures and more frequent floods, droughts and
storms affect millions of people’s lives. This is set against a backdrop of
financial and food insecurity.

On December 7, governments will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark to
respond to one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The main question
will be how protect the planet and create a green economy that will lead to
long-term prosperity.

Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not
only on complex political negotiations, but also on public pressure from
around the globe.

The United Nations has launched “Seal the Deal” campaign that encourages
users to sign an online, global petition which will be presented by civil society
to governments of the world.

The petition will serve as a reminder that our leaders must negotiate a fair,
balanced and effective agreement in Copenhagen, and that they must seal a
deal to power green growth, protect our planet and build a more sustainable,
prosperous global economy that will benefit all nations and people.

THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE:
STAMP YOUR VOTE AND SEAL THE DEAL!

Please go to http://www.sealthedeal2009.org/ to sign a petition for a
fair climate agreement at the Copenhagen conference.

GO GREEN ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2009

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For those of you who want to learn more about the Global Climate Week
go here.

Since I am pretty far away from Copenhagen, I’ve given my support by signing
the petition and asking my friends to do the same. Will defrinately be wearing
GREEN on the 22nd September.

What are you waiting for, just put your stamp on the “Seal the Deal” Campaign
and feel  great about yourself for doing something good for EARTH!

Green bitch/witch 8)

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g8 2009

What is G8 ? Which country is in G8 ?

The G8’s membership comprises the main industrialised countries. It is not an international organisation, nor does it have an administrative staff with a permanent secretariat; it is rather a process that culminates in an annual Summit at which the Heads of State and Government of the member countries hold talks with a view to finding solutions to the main world issues, which are summed up in the “Final Statement.”

The G8’s members are Canada,FranceGermanyItalyJapanRussia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Commission attends as well.

The 2009 G8 Summit was held in Italy, in the city of L’Aquila. From 8 to 10 July.

To read more here.

WWF website had a campaign about facing the G8. Create a poster and make your stand. Wanted to post this earlier but as usual my internet line was down. Even through the summit has concluded, you can still go to here. Make a decision of what you believe to be good for earth for yourself, your children, your children’s children. Make a stand now. What we do today will determine our tomorrow.

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Read  ” G8 and MEF climate talks: It’s progress but still not fair”

This world has never been fair. Oppression and discrimination. Money talk!!!!! Most cannot see beyond the $$$ sign. They are selling out earth and all we can do is watch earth losing it glitter. All the talk in the world don’t mean a thing if no one move forward to take action. Remember – Action speaks louder than words. Sad but lets hope and pray for a better earth for our children.

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While writing this piece I remember the song by Michael Jackson titled “Heal the World”. I pray that we still have time to heal our world. Global warming is a real thing and not make believe as some might want us to believe. Observe the change in our weather daily. It is not a joke. Come together as ONE and try to HEAL our world/Earth.

Thank you MJ for a beautiful song and message.

green bitch

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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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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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