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Earth Hour 2012 Malaysia

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Earth Hour in Malaysia (image from http://smksripermata.wordpress.com)

Earth Hour in Malaysia (image from http://smksripermata.wordpress.com)

Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour.

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour symbolizes that by working together, each of us can have a positive impact in the fight against climate change, protecting our future and that of future generations.

Set Your Clock 

On March 31st at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will cascade around the globe—from time zone to time zone—uniting the planet under a single, simple, call to action.

How does climate change occur?

A continuous flow of energy from the sun heats the Earth. Naturally occurring gases in the atmosphere, known as greenhouse gases, trap this heat like a blanket, keeping the Earth at an average of 15 degrees Celsius – warm enough to sustain life. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most significant of these gases. The amount of naturally produced CO2 is almost perfectly balanced by the amount naturally removed through photosynthesis and its dissolution in oceans. However, the overuse of fossil fuels is leading to increased CO2 in the atmosphere, trapping more and more heat and warming the Earth.

As a result, we’re seeing more dramatic weather patterns across the globe. 
The effects of Earth’s changing weather not only causes devastating natural disasters but shrinking of the world’s ice shelves and glaciers due to warming sea water. Because ice acts as a solar reflector, the less ice there is, the less heat the Earth reflects.

Did you know? A bicycle is a marvel of engineering efficiency, one where an investment in 22 pounds of metal and rubber boosts the efficiency of an individual mobility by a factor of three (Lester Brown, EPI)

Did you know? It takes 200 litres of water to produce one latte.

Did you know? 78% of agricultural land is used for livestock production.

[source: www.earthhour.org]

Saying NO to shark fin soup on weddings

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我不吃鱼翅 (google image)

我不吃鱼翅 (google image)

Shark fin soup symbolizes generosity and good fortune, which also has become an expected component of Chinese weddings. In fact, shark fins are tasteless and may contain high levels of toxic methtl-mercury, which can damage to human central nervous system and causes birth defects in infants.

Harvest of shark fins is the destruction of shark populations around the world and causing untold damage to the oceans. By removing large numbers of these top predators from our oceans, it destabilizes the whole ecosystem and has a detrimental effect on the marine environment and our fish stocks.

The high market demand for shark fin is currently the main driver of unsustainable fishing for sharks globally. No demand no supply! We can do our part by saying NO to shark fin soup during wedding banquets, and encouraging our friends or family who are getting married to exclude shark fin soup from the menu.

May all beings be happy.

澳洲很大,关丹很小

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SAVE MALAYSIA STOP LYNAS

SAVE MALAYSIA STOP LYNAS

前阵子见到导演陈翠梅,她告诉我,她把电影工作室从吉隆坡搬到北京去了。

在电影世界,吉隆坡太小,北京算是比较大;翠梅需要更大的空间,去实现她许多对电影的想法。

她曾经获得多项国际电影奖,而她还那么年轻,就像个小女生似的。走出大马,相信她会有更大的成就。

不过,走出大马,不是出走大马。她有时放下在北京的工作,回到老家关丹;不是为电影,而是为了她的家乡。

澳洲的莱纳稀土公司,准备在关丹设立一座大型稀土提炼厂,大马政府也已经“有条件”的发出临时营运执照。

稀土提炼过程,以及废料会释放辐射,这是科学常识。儘管政府和莱纳一再说,这座稀土厂会做好安全措施,保证不会让辐射外泄。

当地人不放心,也不愿意以自己的安全,作为別人的筹码。翠梅率先以行动反对,她拍了反稀土厂短片《辐射村的求生手册》,已经在荷兰鹿特丹影展放映,之后还会到其它影展放映。

过年期间,她更在直落尖不辣海边举办“为关丹守岁”,率眾进行数日聚会抗爭活动。

小女生的诚意和意志,让人感动;从她的身体力行也领悟到,外头的世界很大,家园相对很小;但是,就因为它小,而且只有这么一个,更加需要爱护和保护。

纵使稀土厂很安全,依然摆脱不了潜伏的危险;万一发生事故,对一个小小的家园,可能造成很大的危害。

用简单的逻辑来想,澳洲面积是770万平方公里,全球排名第6,比马来西亚大出20倍;而澳洲人口只有2千2百万人,比大马还少。

澳洲那么大,很多地方人跡罕至;莱纳应该轻易的找个地方设厂,万一出事,伤害可以控制在最小的范围。

关丹这么小,方圆30公里,人口却有70万人;一旦出事,居民往哪儿去?

莱纳弃澳洲而就关丹,还必须把澳洲开採的稀土,通过5千多公里的航线,运输到关丹;成本增加之外,也耗时费日。

澳洲人难道那么缺乏生意头脑?

当然不是,而是因为澳洲把安全放在经济利益之上。

要在澳洲设立稀土提炼厂,怎能通过严格的环境评估,澳洲人又如何能够接受?

大马政府4部门建议莱纳把稀土废料运回澳洲,或是一厢情愿;国际公约禁止废料跨国运输,澳洲政府也已声明不回收稀土废料。

大马既非稀土生產国,更不是主要的消费国;要以大马作为中介,关丹首当其衝,代价太大,没有必要。

澳洲那么大,莱纳还是应该回头,自己想想办法吧!

[文:郑丁贤,刊登于星洲日报评论]

Blood donation drive at Jonker Street on first day of 2012

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Meng-Hong donating blood on the first day of new year 2012 at Jonker Street

Meng-Hong donating blood on the first day of new year 2012 at Jonker Street

St. John Ambulance Malaysia is a Malaysian-based, non-profit statutory body dedicated to the works of humanity and charity for the relief of persons in sickness, distress, suffering or danger without any distinction of race, class, colour or creed.

Last Sunday which was also the first day of new year, a blood donation drive held by St. John’s Ambulance Malaysia of Melaka state and co-organized by Sin Chew Daily press took place in the Jonker Street Melaka.

When Meng-Hong and I went during the evening, many people from the public were registering and queuing to donate their blood, proving itself again as the community always ready to help others. The next day I read on paper, the donation drive was a great success with 95 blood units donated successfully.

Patients suffering from life threatening diseases and conditions need blood to save their lives, and this constant need can only be met through voluntary blood donations.

Thanks to the generous efforts of the volunteers and donors. I took some shots of the donation drive during our visit.

May all beings be happy.

Donation for Bangkok flood crisis

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juesatta awaken foundation (draft logo)

juesatta awaken foundation (draft logo)

Major flooding has occurred in Thailand during the 2011 monsoon season, most severely in the Chao Phraya River but also in the Mekong River basin. The country’s worst flooding in half a century have killed over 300 people, affected over 2.3 million people, and caused damages estimated to be up to $5.1 billion.

Raw sewage and animal carcasses can be seen bobbing in waters ripe for disease. In some areas, crocodiles have escaped from overwhelmed farms, and snakes searching for dry land have slithered into homes. Twenty percent of Bangkok is now under water yet many people choose to stay in their inundated homes, despite risks including electrocution and disease as well as shortages of food and drinking water.

People in Bangkok now require a huge amount of support to provide relief and recovery efforts. Each and every cent makes a difference. If you wish to send donations to help fund the relief effort in Bangkok, you can do online via Thai Red Cross Society.

Here in juesatta, we’ve collected an amount of RM750.00 from friends and transferred to Yayasan Sin Chew taking aids to help flood victims. Our heartfelt thanks for your kindness.

May all beings be happy.

A main road is cut off by the flooding in Bangkok (photo from news.sky.com)

A main road is cut off by the flooding in Bangkok (photo from news.sky.com)

Local residents evacuate their neighbourhood in Bangkok (photo from news.sky.com)

Local residents evacuate their neighbourhood in Bangkok (photo from news.sky.com)