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When I posted about Earth Day last year, I didn’t expect that the post will become one of the most read articles in my blog.  It seems that a lot of people’s into becoming green and into recycling.  The interest to help and save mother Earth is really on.  That’s good news not only for blog statistics purposes but personally it is really incredible to know that many are serious with this battle.

I’ve always wanted to become an environmentalist.  Well, today I am still looking for an organization and I am disappointed with myself for not putting my time on it.  I want to become one not only because I love green but because I think we should really be.  The global warming is a world problem that we should alleviate and our help whether we think it is big or small surely does count.

Like my favorite phrase from Captain Planet says “The power is yours”.  The power to save Earth is in our hands.  The first step should come from us.  If you want to know more on saving Mother Earth and more fast facts on our environment, you can always visit National Geographic channel and its blog.  Click here to be directed.

***Again thanks for Google for the nice image above***

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On March 31, 2007 for one hour, one city made the bold move and powerful statement about the urgent need to take action on the global warming.

 

Today, Saturday March 28 at 8:30 pm in each time zone, millions of people in thousands of cities are expected to turn off the lights for one hour to raise people’s consciousness about the link between global warming and energy use.

 

Started in Australia two years ago and started as one city’s commitment to change the world, has now become a global commitment.

 

The goal for this year is to get 1 Billion people to turn their lights off for an hour.  In 2007, 2.2 Million homes and businesses switched off their lights and in 2008, it went up to 50 Million all over the world.

 

The whole point of Earth Hour is to cast a vote for Earth and against Global warming.  Make a visible statement of our commitment as Earth’s inhabitants and caretaker.  This move and vote for our mother Earth will be done by just turning our lights off for an hour.  But its worth is few watts from each home and the impact of savings along the way and energy in our lives.

 

Perhaps we can even participate more by unplugging our home appliances as well to make more resulting impact.  I have participated on this movement since last year and plan to be more active in the coming years.

 

If you are still not convinced, I am conveniently sharing you with some of the effects that our Earth is suffering from.  All of these are lifted from the National Geographic Channel’s website.  To learn more on the effects and causes, visit this site.  Read on:

 

And the effects of rising temperatures aren’t waiting for some far-flung future. They’re happening right now. Signs are appearing all over, and some of them are surprising. The heat is not only melting glaciers and sea ice; it’s also shifting precipitation patterns and setting animals on the move.

Some impacts from increasing temperatures are already happening.

  • Ice is melting worldwide, especially at the Earth’s poles. This includes mountain glaciers, ice sheets covering West Antarctica and Greenland, and Arctic sea ice.
  • Researcher Bill Fraser has tracked the decline of the Adélie penguins on Antarctica, where their numbers have fallen from 32,000 breeding pairs to 11,000 in 30 years.
  • Sea level rise became faster over the last century.
  • Some butterflies, foxes, and alpine plants have moved farther north or to higher, cooler areas.
  • Precipitation (rain and snowfall) has increased across the globe, on average.
  • Spruce bark beetles have boomed in Alaska thanks to 20 years of warm summers. The insects have chewed up 4 million acres of spruce trees.

 

 

This is post is long overdue, it was supposed to be here in my blog last April in commemoration of the Earth day.  But as usual I got lazy to finish this up and before I knew it Earth day celebration was over.  (Btw, thanks to google for the picture)

 

I wasn’t really a big Earth Saver advocate and wasn’t even an active member in the school organization in high school.  Too bad I missed that opportunity, unlike my sister.  But later on that year, I was convinced and inspired by her so I just helped her do some Earth-friendly stuffs in our home. 

 

 

We studied how to recycle old newspaper and make it new.  It was really hard and it took us a long time to perfect the art.  I can even recall the first few papers we made almost looked like a cardboard because it was too thick and we won’t even use it because it was so dirty, and the color was uneven.  And as the process becomes familiar, we were able to succeed and were able to make different colored papers and even clean white paper.

 

It was early 90’s when everyone started to become really conscious.  There was a campaign against aerosol use.   Lectures about global warming and the depleting ozone layer were a usual topic in Science classes.  And television played a big part on information dissemination.  And Captain Planet was born. 

 

     

    

      

Captain Planet and the Planeteers became one of my favorite cartoons.  I have always dreamed to be a planeteer.  To be given a power to change the world, to make it a better place to live in and to fight and stop the pollutants.  Back then, I’d dreamed that I’d be Kwame, who has the power of Earth.  Sometimes, I’d want to be like Wheeler who has the power of Fire.  I’d wish to have the power of wind like Linka.  I have also imagined having the power to control the water like Gi.  And the ultimate dream was to be like Ma-ti who has the power of heart.

 

But not having a ring like them didn’t stop me from dreaming to become an Earth-saver.  Because there a lot of ways to become a Planeteer.  We can always do our part in saving Mother Earth; there is no small or big part.  Every little thing that we can do will be a great help on Mother Earth.  So next time you get an opportunity to become an advocate, be one.  Let’s start planting trees, begin to conserve water, save energy and recycle more.  The power to save Mother Earth is in our hands.  As Captain Planet always says, “the power is yours!”