Monday, April 22, 2013

Spreading Awareness of Saving the Environment - Everyone CAN play a part

It was heartening to see so many youths participating in the Eco-run that happened last Saturday. It was organized by National Geographic Channel and National Environment Agency. It help spread awareness of saving the environment by recycling and also that of environmental sustainability by reducing waste and carbon footprints and to encourage adoption of environment friendly lifestyle.

National Geographic Channel National Environment Agency

How true it is. That we forget how every little things we do that seem harmless is actually harming the environment. Such as the can drinks or bottle drinks that we throw in the bins. Such as the supermarkets plastic bags that we do not reuse. ......

We have already begin seeing the effects of our actions. Heavy rainfalls. Floods. Extreme Heat. Drought. Ice storms. Melting icebergs. which then lead to fluctuation in global food prices  and disruptions to supply chains.

Crazy climate changes!

Still remember the erratic weather change I experience in Shanghai just last month. On Saturday it was hot. Probably 28 degrees. Then on Sunday it was 8 degrees or so. Imagine if I didn't bring my jacket. What would I do?

Not just this. In other parts of the world.
Energy Shortage. Water & Food scarcity. Pollution. Diminishing Bio Diversity.

So many people have asked what can I do?

Here are : Tips to Save the Environment

  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
    Do not take more than you need. Choose reusable bags. Recycle papers, cans and plastics. Think before throwing.
    It takes 3 litres of water to produce 1 litre of bottled water.
    1 recycled tin can save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • Use a Fan instead of an air-conditioner to keep cool.
    The electricity used by an air-conditioner is equivalent to the energy used by about 32 fans!
  • Set the Temperature at about 25 degree celsius.
    The lower the temperature setting, the more energy used by your air-conditioner.
  • Cover liquids and wrap food stored in the refrigerator.
    Uncovered liquids and food release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Switch the Lights off whenever you leave the room and switch off the home appliances at the power socket.
    After switching off your appliances (eg. TV, computer, DVD/CD players) with the remote control, many of them continue to draw power.
  • Choose Energy efficient light bulbs.
    (e.g linear and circular fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps)
    Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use up to 80% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs to produce the same amount of light and they can last about 6 times.
  • Use water wisely. Install water saving devices in your home. Use water efficient labeled fittings. Repair leaky fittings promptly.
    A faucet that drips 60 times in one minute would waste over 21 litres a day, 7,880 litres a year.
Change the way you live for the future you want for yourself and for your generations to come!
EVERYONE can play a part in protecting our environment

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