Nature Conservancy in the Amazon

TheNatureConservancyNature Conservancy is an NGO (www.nature.org), which works with the indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest. The indigenous people now have a say and a right to their land, which makes up 20% of the Amazon rain forest. Nature Conservancy works with these people to help them develop their forests sustainably. They involve the whole community.

Their projects usually start with ethno mapping, which is when the local people point out and map natural resources, villages, where illegal hunting is taking place, mining or logging, on a satellite image. This process also helps distinguish the borders between tribes to avoid conflict.

In 2006, a trading centre opened in Manaus, on the Rio Negro, in Brazil. It trains 15 students, local people, at a time to manage their land and resources. They are taught how to use geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing techniques, natural resource and indigenous management, environmental legislation for 5 months.

Nature Conservancy works across the globe, in Africa, Oceania, America, Europe and the Caribbean, supporting local communities and doing environmental work to help animals and habitats for future generations.

“We work around the world to protect nature and preserve life for future generations.”
- Nature Conservancy

UK STOP!

imgresThe United Kingdom is targeted to miss its carbon emission targets for the 2020′s. Advisors warned the government that according to reports last year, the carbon emissions rose by 3.5%. At the moment, 543 million tonnes of CO2 emissions are caused by manufacturing and consumption industries and 150 million for homes.

Although the UK claims to be the leading country in reducing carbon emissions, this is not actually true and its numbers have in fact been rising in the past year. They are actually importing goods from other countries, good which produce carbon emissions in order to be manufactured. It is actually the second largest country in the world to import ‘embodied’ emissions. Over the past two decades, the overall trend has been increasing by, on average, 10% because the CO2 cuts in the UK have been unbalanced by the imported ‘embodied’ emissions.

Green Deal was another scheme set up in the UK where people can set up greener technology in their homes with no up-front cost. They can install roof and wall insulation for example. However stats show that the scheme seems to have had the opposite effect. The amount of people installing insulation has dropped since Green Deal was created.

So how can the UK change its methods in order to reduce carbon emissions by 2020? That’s what we’re interested in finding out.

 

Farting Cows

Most of you already know that cows are contributing to global warming with their incredible amounts of farts. Some scientists say that to stop this, the human population should stop eating so much meat and become vegetarians. Others suggest that we feed cows oregano (an aromatic herb, part of the mint family) based products. According to dairy scientist Alexander Hristov, feeding cows oregano based products reduces their methane emissions by 40%. Not only that, but it also boosts the cows milk production.  Methane, with  21 times more heat trapping and global warming potential  than Carbon Dioxide is a gas we should fear too. In 2006, the UN’s report showed Methane as the second most important Green house effect. So if you’ve got a Dad going around the house farting every second or two, feed him some oregano based products and tell him it’s for the good of our Earth.

Reducing and How Awesome Tote Bags Can Save The World.

So it appears that my last post went, what could be called smoothly. It recieved basically good feedback, hopefully all of you who read it are having a rip-roaring good time throwing recycleable materials into their respective bins (1,000,000 points if we save the Earth guys!) and  Gabby didn’t throw any bricks at me. Although it may have been my imagination when someone attempted to smother me in my sleep with one of our Kids For Earth Tote Bags.

Speaking of which,  Oh My God have any of you noticed how STYLISH those things are? And their so comfortable too! I proudly use mine at school all the time because as well as being a major fashion statement those things are VERY roomy. I’ve stuffed up to 4 folders in there at a time and not a single rip. Not to mention the BARGAIN price I got mine at. I mean RM12? Their practically free! Well…not really but you catch my drift. The point is those bags are just amazing. Like if Chuck Norris, Cadburys chocolate, Cobra Starship and Greenpeace got together and made a baby, that baby would come out wearing a Kids For Earth Tote Bag.

But the Kids For Earth Tote Bag is not only for me to cart my books around school. In fact they have a much nobler purpose than simply helping me heave my insanely heavy books from class to class (just so you know the books feel FEATHER LIGHT in my Kids For Earth Tote Bag.) They have been created for the sole purpose of defeating their arch nemesis, the plastic bag. It’s time for the plastic bag to meet its timely end. The plastic bag has run free for years, being used for a whole total of, about one shopping trip then being carelessly chucked aside, never thought of again. Watch the Billy the Plastic Bag video in the older posts and you’ll see the horror that follows the use of a single. plastic. bag.

If we all trade in our simple one time use, non-biodegradeable plastic bags for a fantastic, reuseable, massive and very attractive Kids For Earth Tote Bag then just think of all the good we’ll be doing for the Earth. No more plastic bags drowning little adorable sea creatures! No more plastic bags taking up room! No more plastic bags not biodegrading and not going back to Mother Nature! We’ll be REDUCING plastic bag usage!

“But Miho! Plastic bags are free! Kids For Earth Tote Bags are not.”

Ah yes. The Big Conflict. Money VS Earthly Good. Sadly money often wins this fight while Earthly Good whimpers in a corner, but let me tell you  boys and girls NOTHING in life is free. Plastic bags come at a price, even if you can’t see it right now. And yes, that price is a little higher than RM12. If you want to contribute to a happy, healthy world simply buy yourself a tote bag, any tote bag and use it instead of a plastic bag. Although you are clearly mad if you don’t think that the super amazing Kids For Earth Tote Bag is THE ultimate, plastic bag butt kicking machine for you. Plus I hear making a difference really warms up your soul and ups your good karma levels. So what are you waiting for? Go buy one right now!

PS. Wow I said Kids For Earth Tote Bag alot. If  you go and count up the number of times I’ve said it in this post alone, I will go do something awesome for the environment, of your choice, and post it up in one of my blog posts.

12 Year Old Girl Builds An Eco House

Think you’re to young to make much of an influence? Well maybe this will make you change your mind! A 12 yr old girl called Jennifer entered a competition to design an eco friendly house. Her plans contained solar panels and floor switches. It was such a fantastic design that Jennifer not only won the competition but Redditch Low Carbon Co-operative have decided to build 2 houses using her designs! They should be finished  around 2011 Summer.

MNS Donation

Yesterday, Gabriel and me traveled to Forest Research Institution Malaysia aka FRIM to give RM 2000 To MNS. We handed the money to Gary Phong ;Chairman of MNS Selangor Branch and stayed for a part of the guiding workshop where we learned about the most common animals you find in Malaysia and safety while traveling in the forest. Thanks you to MNS!

The Dynamic Tower-a ‘Green’ life of luxury!

A rotating tower? Man, it’s a shame the apartments cost around 36 million     dollars. First to be built in Dubai this eco friendly power should be able to   power not only itself but some other buildings nearby making it the first self  powered skyscraper in history. How will such a tower manage such a fate?  Between each level is a wind turbine and on the roof of each floor, solar panels will capture the suns heat.

This giant rubix cube is the worlds first tower to be built in a factory. Only the enormous, central pillar will be built on site. Whats even more intriguing is that all the furniture will be shipped with the levels!

Living inside the Dynamic tower will be like nothing ever before. The levels will have a voice activated control system so that if you call out city view, the level will rotate at your command. I would love to live in that tower!