Sunday, April 20, 2008

Earth Day

With Earth Day coming up on 22nd April, it is my little social responsibility here to remind everyone to treasure what we get to enjoy in this Earth.

Would like to also highlight a few initiatives on Environment that I think is worthwhile. One of it is led by Al Gore, Nobel Prize Winner 2007.

Another one closer to home, it is by YTL, which has been doing a lot of advertisements to promote its own YTL Climate Change Week. For more info, go to YTL Community Climate Change Week's Website

Lets all think to reduce wastage for our environment.

Some of the steps quoted from YTL's website
Want to do something to help stop global warming? Here are 10 simple things you can do and how much carbon dioxide you'll save by doing them.

Change a light.
Replacing six regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs will save 400kg of carbon dioxide a year.

Drive less.
Walk, bike, carpool or take public transport more often. You'll save 1.5kg of carbon dioxide for every 5km you don't drive!

Recycle more.
You can save 1,000kg of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

Check your tyres.
Keeping your tyres inflated properly can improve your car's fuel efficiency. Every litre of petrol saved keeps 2.5kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!

Use less hot water.
It takes a lot of energy to heat water - use less hot water by installing an energy efficient triple A rated showerhead (3 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (225kg saved per year).

Avoid products with a lot of packaging.
You can save 545kg of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.

Move your thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer.
You could save about 900kg of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.

Plant a tree.
A single tree will absorb one tonne of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Turn off electronic devices.
Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer when you're not using them will save you thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide a year.

Be a part of the solution.
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Su Yuen said...

Hey its great that you highlighted really simple ways we can contribute to Mother Earth.

One thing I learnt while doing some research about recycling in Malaysia is that most people don't see a point in doing so despite everyone saying it is good for the climate and we need to do it to save the Earth etc etc.. I later found that people were more "encouraged" and propelled to recycle when they knew that they could earn some income from it. Hence it might be good to also highlight ways you can MAKE money rather than save money from it.

Quite a number of people recycle their things at the "Alam Sekitar/Flora"(sorry don't remember name) recycled goods collection counter at Mid Valley because it is convenient and they can earn more than their parking fee. :D

Chen Chow said...

Agree with you, Su Yuen! Would say that it is a small step ahead that each of us can play our little part.

The more of us doing, and the more publicity we give to our Motherland, the more effects it would bring. :)