Posts Tagged with “environment”

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[VIDEO] Kick the plastic bag addiction

Now that we Malaysians are starting to be more civic conscious about plastic bag use, I thought this video was pretty clever to encourage our friends to kick the plastic bag habit.

Earth Hour, the day after

I’m pretty sure many Malaysians turned off the lights for an hour yesterday for Earth Hour 2009. Unfortunately I’m also pretty sure that many Malaysians will totally forget about what Earth Hour was about, and continue not caring about the environment.

IMHO, the way Earth Hour Malaysia was promoted it looked more like a commercial event rather than a drive to raise awareness about the environment. Let’s be clear, I’m not saying that it was promoted as a commercial event, I’m just saying it looked that way.

But if you Earth Hour did help to convict you to be more environmentally conscious, I want to share some of the things Pei Chyi and I do to play our part for the environment.

  1. Use energy saving light bulbs. Yup they are more expensive but it’s the easiest way you can help the environment. In our small little apartment, 12/15 light bulbs are energy saving bulbs.
  2. Reduce the use of plastic bags. I get kinda annoyed when I buy just 1 thing from the supermarket and they present it to me in a bag at the check-out. Thank goodness more supermarkets are promoting re-usable bags.
  3. Use your own laundry shirt covers. The laundry we use packages each shirt in a plastic cover. I grew so guilty of all that wasted plastic that we bought shirt covers from IKEA and send them along with the shirts to the laundry now.
  4. Drive an environmental friendly car. I could probably afford a bigger car, but I’m happy with my 1.2l Proton Savvy. Less than RM50 for 400km per full tank. Great fuel economy!
  5. I use the one of the greenest MacBooks ever! Hehe actually I bought the MacBook for a different reason but it doesn’t hurt that it’s environmental friendly!

So those are some of the ways I do my part for the environment. They are little things I know but they are things I do consistently, and not just turning off the lights for an hour a year.  Stay green!

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As a closet greenie, I’m going to try to allocate time for this project.

The X Prize Foundation, the same organization behind the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize to send private vehicles to the moon, said Tuesday that it has put together an eco challenge for YouTubers called “What’s your crazy green idea?” Dream up a world-changing idea to stop global warming, post a two-minute YouTube video about it, and it could be worth $25,000.

Via BOL

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Green Pope BXVI

Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday that mankind’s “insatiable consumption” has scarred the Earth and squandered its resources, telling followers that taking care of the planet is vital to humanity.

Amen

Perhaps reluctantly we come to acknowledge that there are also scars which mark the surface of our Earth: erosion, deforestation, the squandering of the world’s mineral and ocean resources in order to fuel an insatiable consumption

You tell them Pope.

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Google busses

Google’s buses help its workers beat the rush

The company now ferries about 1,200 employees to and from Google daily–nearly one-fourth of its local work force–aboard 32 shuttle buses equipped with comfortable leather seats and wireless Internet access. Bicycles are allowed on exterior racks, and dogs on forward seats, or on their owners’ laps if the buses run full.

Man I wish I work for Google.

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Heating up

Development turning up the heat on Malaysian cities:

Rapid development and the lack of trees are turning these cities into urban heat islands (UHI) that are hot even at night.

The average temperature in the morning is between 24 °C and 27 °C while in the afternoon, it increases from 33 °C to 40 °C and starts dropping slowly at night. Kuala Lumpur’s night heat can even be at 30 °C.

Die la..

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Haze answer

Finally, a clear answer to haze.

After countless meetings and talks over the past 11 years, Asean has finally come up with the most tangible plan so far to fight the region’s annual haze problem.

I hope this works.