Thursday, 28 February 2008
I was very shocked (and honestly dissappointed) to find out that a guy whom I believe is a professional (who works in the field of biodiversity and all) does not understand the definition of Environment. He thinks Environment does not take into account social factors.
So, I'd like to share with all of you the definition as stated in the Environment Protection Enactment (2002).
“environment” includes –
(a) the external physical surroundings and conditions influencing
development and growth of people, animals or plants and
includes social, living or working conditions;
(b) all natural and physical resources;
(c) ecosystems and their constituent parts including people and
(d) amenity, aesthetic and cultural values
When I was at the university, one of my professors defined Environment really nicely. He said 'Environment is everything that isn't me'.
Have a lovely evening, everyone!
Sunday, 24 February 2008
It has been implemented since 2003 by the Environment Protection Department, Department of Environment, Education Department, Department of Forestry, Science and Technology Unit, Environmental Action Committee, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre and SHELL Malaysia.
I did my MSc research on the evaluation of SERASI implementation in 39 schools in Sabah. If all goes well, my viva voce will be sometime in March. *keeping my fingers crossed!*
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
- Styrofoam is actually Dow's trade name for polystyrene.
- There are two problems with polystyrene, involving both production and waste. During production, a blowing agent blows gas into the polystyrene. For years, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were the agents-contributing to the destruction of the Earth's ozone layer. After the Montreal Protocol's ban on CFCs, slightly-more benign HCFCs replaced them. However, Ozone Action's Christopher Ball notes, "HCFCs are better for the ozone layer than CFCs, but they still cause problems." Because of this, HCFCs have also been banned, with their total phasing-out not expected until the year 2030. Carbon dioxide and pentane (a highly flammable chemical that contributes to smog) are also used as blowing agents. On the waste issue, polystyrene products, including cups, don't biodegrade well and, if incinerated, produce toxic ash.
- To combat such problems, recycling programmes are popping up, but not yet everywhere *this is in the US, I presume*
- Drinking from reuseable mugs, however, is an easy way to reduce such waste problems and ease pressures on the ozone layer. If people can't be convinced to change their throw-away habits, try telling them that the mugs can save them money, too.
There you go. I guess, this is something for us to ponder about, ya?
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Some of the winners receiving their prizes...
Mangroves are super important for many reasons. It is a breeding ground for crabs, prawns and other marine animals, essential for sustaining a viable fishing industry. It also protects coastlines against erosive wave action and strong coastal winds, and serve as natural barriers against tsunamis and torrential storms. (For more information click here Mangrove forests)
Trust me, it's really fun planting mangrove seedlings and being in the mud! *wink*
Saturday, 16 February 2008
My point is that, most of our activities will impact the environment. To be realistic, we have to establish an understanding that the things we do have an impact on the environment. However, we CAN REDUCE the impacts (not necessarily zero-impact) by practising environment-friendly actions.
In terms of development activities, we have rules and regulations to control these activities so the impacts on the environment can be minimised. It is the same with waste management. We can't help but generate wastes everyday BUT if we try to reduce the wastes generated, practise waste segregation at home, do recycling of papers, aluminium, etc and compost our kitchen/food or garden wastes, then we become positive contributors to environmental protection.
My good friend Dena is expecting her first baby soon and she is really into cloth diapers instead of the disposable ones. Cloth diapers are more environmentally-friendly than the disposable ones based on comparisons of their pros and cons. They are also cheaper and cost-effective in the long-run. Honestly speaking, I did not know much about the latest development of cloth diapers except for the white, thin cloth I use for my kids' lampin when they were babies!
We live and learn.
And most importantly, we REALLY must learn.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. Each year, government agencies, NGOs, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular. (http://www.ramsar.org/wwd/8/wwd2008_index.htm)
In Kota Kinabalu, the KK Wetland Centre is organising a Mangrove Hunt Challenge on 16 February, Saturday, in conjunction with WWD this year. The participants of the activity are students around KK. It's gonna be really exciting! (p.s. I'll be one of the judges. *wink*)
This year's theme is Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People.
Happy WWD Everyone!
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
My first talk this year was at SM St Michael's Penampang yesterday morning. After the talk, my colleague and I were supposed to give a hands-on training on how to make garden waste compost but it was raining quite heavily. It wasn't really a good idea to let the students get drenched so we cancelled the hands-on training (although it would have been fun being in the rain! ha..)
Showed some students how to make kitchen waste compost..
In environmental protection, we must realise that we can make a difference if we change our heart attitude. We need to internalise good values towards the environment and slowly try our best to spread this to others.
I’ve worked in this field for more than 10 years. That’s not so long but enough to see some people from all walks of life, educated or not, being indifferent about environmental protection.
That’s really sad but it will not dampen my spirit to do whatever is within my strength to look after the environment!
There are so many little ways we can do to help.
Remember, when we heal the earth, we heal ourselves (David Orr)
Being an environmental educator, I decided to have a special blog for the environment.
In my other blog, I talk about the environment too but mostly This is My Life is about many aspects of my life, my family, friends, food, travels and many more.
So dear friends, this is a blog especially about and for the environment!
Hope you’ll find useful and interesting stories and information here.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed (Mohandas K. Gandhi)