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Green is a color I really need to stare at now cause staring too much at the monitar is not good. Staring at green is supposed to be good for the eye. How much is that true ? I don’t know. Anyway, speaking or typing about Green reminded me of the event I’ve  circled on my calendar and would like to share with you all. It’s not always that you get events happening anywhere near or around Ipoh. Well…. good news… Project Revive will be having their Green Living Activities at Teluk Batik Lumut.

PROJECT REVIVE TELUK BATIK LUMUT, 2010

Date :  11th and 12th June, 2010

Day :  Friday and Saturday

Time :  8am to 9pm

Activities :  Beach Clean Up, Throwing in Mudballs, Plant A Tree Campaingn, Dive & Clean,  Painting selected items, etc, we will be ending up with a “Thank You”” party with food, music, games, karaoke, lucky draws and maybe even live music.

You can read about their programmes here.

For those of you who’s free and would like to give back something to mother Earth, get your green tee on and start out to Lumut. as they always say….the MORE the MERRIER. Keep the date free and bring your family and drag all you friends there. Have a fun &  green day.

BE GREEN. LIVE GREEN. EAT GREENS. HELP GREEN THE EARTH.

Green BITCH/WITCH 😉

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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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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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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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bottle rubbish

Today, every which way you turn, you will be aware of the many usage of plastic in our life. Just about everything we use has plastic in them. They are also the many source of problems that are plaguing the environment nowadays. When Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite in 1909, he could not have realized what a profound effect this and other plastics were going to have on the future of earth. The very virtues that make plastics so useful (strength and durability), are also the what make them such appalling problem. The problem is that we use plastics (long-lasting materials) to make objects which we promptly throw away. E.g. take-away carrier bag ~material used can last for centuries but we discard it right after we reach home. We have many plastics objects that have useful lives that are measured not in hours but in minutes or even seconds(foam polystyrene). Although all plastic is similar, chemically they may be as different from me and you. So….what is plastic ?

Here’s a quick breakdown of plastic resin types:

plastic symbols

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) = Product examples: Disposable soft drink and water bottles, cough-syrup bottles

#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE) = Product examples: Milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) = Product examples: Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, plumbing pipes

#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE) = Product examples: Cling wrap, grocery bags, sandwich bags

#5 polypropylene (PP) = Product examples: Syrup bottles, yogurt cups/tubs, diapers

#6 polystyrene (PS) = Product examples: Disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers

#7 other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources) = Product examples: Baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers, medical storage containers

Safer Plastics = #2HDPE, #4LDPE and #5PP

These three types of plastic are the healthiest. They transmit no known chemicals into your food and they’re generally recyclable; #2 is very commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs, but you may have a more difficult time finding someone to recycle your #4 and #5 containers.

#1 PET

#1 bottles and containers are fine for single use and are widely accepted by municipal recyclers. You won’t find many reusable containers made from #1, but they do exist. It’s also best to avoid reusing #1 plastic bottles; water and soda bottles in particular are hard to clean, and because plastic is porous, these bottles absorb flavors and bacteria that you can’t get rid of.

PLA

PLA (polylactide) plastics are made from renewable resources such as corn, potatoes and sugar cane and anything else with a high starch content. The starch is converted into polylactide acid (PLA). Although you can’t recycle these plant-based plastics, you can compost them in a municipal composter or in your backyard compost heap. Most decompose in about twelve days unlike conventional plastic, which can take up to 100 years.

Plastics to Avoid

#3 PVC

#3 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is often used frequently in cling wraps for meat. However, PVC contains softeners called phthalates that interfere with hormonal development, and its manufacture and incineration release dioxin, a potent carcinogen and hormone disruptor. Vinyl chloride, the primary building block of PVC, is a known human carcinogen that also poses a threat to workers during manufacture.

#6 PS

Extruded polystyrene (#6 PS; commonly known as Styrofoam) is used in take-out containers and cups, and non-extruded PS is used in clear disposable takeout containers, disposable plastic cutlery and cups. Both forms of PS can leach styrene into food; styrene is considered a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It may also disrupt hormones or affect reproduction.

#7 PC

#7 Polycarbonate (PC) is found in baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, water-cooler bottles and the epoxy linings of tin food cans. PC is composed of a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A, which has been linked to a wide variety of problems such as cancer and obesity.

Source : National Geographic ‘s The Green Guide

What prompted me into writing this article is the many messages I’ve gotten regarding cancer and also melamine. The term “melamine” may also be used to refer to the plastic melamine resin. The recent milk scare and just about everything that contain milk has gotten alot of people work up. Women are advice not to leave their water bottle in car under the sun because according to singer “Sheryl Crow” she got cancer by drinking water from plastic container that she left in her car. Then the scare of “BPA” especially used to make drinking containers and also milk bottles. Hence, the research on explaining the difference types of plastics. Is plastic a good invention ? I believe the answer is “YES” but the reason for it’s bad reputation to the environment is because human did not think of the consequences when they used the substance to create other objects like plastic bottles, bags etc.

plastic bottles

Some fast facts about water bottles

  1. 1.5 million barrels of oil are used every year to make plastic water bottles for bottled water. This is enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars for a year.

  2. 36 billion bottles are sold each year, only 7 billion make it to recycling. The other 29 billion bottles end up in landfills, incinerators, litter in streams, oceans and rivers.”

When you throw away your plastic product, those that are buried which contain cadmium as pigment will get wash away by rain water into groundwater that may end up in the public water supply. Even in our homes, building materials do contain plastic like PVC that gives off vinyl chloride gas that are found to cause liver cancer. Rubbish burning or some that catch fire can sometime burn for weeks aspecially if PVC and polystyrene foams are involved. Anyone who has breathed the smoke from this 2 substances knows how acrid it is (hydrogen fluoride), very poisonous and contributes to acid rain. Getting rid of plastics is not so easy. As long as we use petrol in our cars, plastics will be with us. The sooner we learn to reduce or refuse, reuse then more prudently and find some way of re-using(re-purpose) them, the better our life will be.

POSITIVE ACTION : How to cut down on waste plastic

  • Don’t buy fresh food pre-packed in plastic

  • Refuse plastic containers for takeaway food

  • Choose natural materials in clothing

  • Avoid disposable plastic in the kitchen

  • Ask for biodegradable packaging

Doing research for this post was really an eye-opener for me in term of the devastation of plastics to the environment. Education is key. Teach the young about the pros and cons of plastic products so that they may in future think before they create a short-life product using plastics.

Bottomline : as long as there is demand, there will be supply. greed will destroy this planet.

” THE WORLD CAN FEED EVERYONES NEED, BUT NOT EVERYONES GREED.” `~ GANDHI

green witch 😉

Below are some photos of plastic products being reuse or repurposed.

waterpotmaggipotrepurpose-gdnpot

mini-pots

I use my plastic waste mostly in the garden.

plasticbag ball

Plastic bag turn into a ball.

bottle-repurposePlastic_Bottles_Sparking_Stars

Below are more professional looking products by designers and artists who embrace the RE-CREATE, RE-DESIGN, RE-PURPOSE and incorporate them in their work. Enjoy.

1. http://www.ryterdesign.ch/recycline/frame.htm

recyline

2.http://miwa.metm.org/PET_project/
platic-bottle-repurpose

3.http:// http://www.michellebrand.co.uk
michellebrand-portfolio

4. Studio Verissimo
spoonlamp2

5. http://www.dezeen.com/2007/12/12/drop-chandelier-by-stuart-haygarth/

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Reuse, Recreate & Repurpose!

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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?

flipper

“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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