World Environment Day, 2015

June 5 every year had been designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day. Celebrated by all nations of the world, WED activities ranges from Information and Education Campaigns, Tree Planting, Clean-Up Drive of the coastal areas, rivers, forest parks and oceans and global forum, among others.

Here is a glimpse of the 2015 video produced by the UN with the theme: Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume With Care.

Source: youtube, uploaded by UN

Another issue that is worth looking into is the experiences encountered by the Karen people of Burma, now Myanmar.  Here’s a video on the environment issues that greatly affected the Karen people.

Source: youtube, uploaded by KESAN Channel

To read more about the history of the Karen people, please click this link:

http://rainbowends.org/karen/history.htm

 

 

 

MOTHER EARTH SONG

Earthniversity

In the celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2015, Earthniversity would like to re-post this video. Hoping that this will inspire the readers to engage in activities that can protect and conserve the environment.

For LGUs (local government units) and communities around the world, the following programs and projects can be implemented in your local community to support the Earth Day celebration. These are the following:

1. Tree planting in selected areas which were identified by your local environment office.  This included mangroves tree planting.

2. Clean-up Drive along the coastal areas, river sides, creeks, waterways, parks, forest areas frequented by tourists who left the rubbish there.

3. Conduct of information, education and community consultation, workshop, or symposium on topics relevant to the protection and conservation of the environment.

4. Other activities you deem fit for your local community.

Earthniversity would like to recognize BlueGreenEarth for uploading this video…

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World Water Day 2015: Water Is Our World.

Water is life.  Water is everything.  Let us protect and conserve those parts of the environment that create water. Begin it with yourself, at home, in offices, in your community, all around the world.  Don’t forget, it is March 22, the day to renew your commitment to this noble cause.

Source: youtube and UNwater1

The power of water and jobs

On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to take action and change things. This year many will focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs are related to water and those that ensure its safe delivery. But today, millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or even protected by basic labour rights. This needs to change.  
(Source: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about-wo)

For a more enjoyable reading, please open the following links:

http://www.unwater.org/publications/publications-detail/en/c/281166/

http://www.unwater.org/publications/jmp/en/

Earth Hour 2015: Are You Using Your Power?

March 28, 2015 will mark this year’s Earth Hour beginning 8:30 p.m. up to 9:30 p.m.  For one full hour, every citizen of the world, from government offices, business, local communities and every home are encouraged to conserve energy.  By doing this energy conservation strategy, a big amount of earth’s resources is saved for the use of future generation.  But more than this, Earth Hour gives every citizen of Mother Earth a time to ponder upon the effects of human activities on the limited resources of the Earth and how human activities influence the changing climate globally.  This hour is the right moment to reflect on how we can do our noble share in protecting and conserving our only home – Earth.

Earthniversity hopes that this energy conservation hour and a moment of reflection on how to protect and conserve the resources of Mother Earth as well as the role of humans in combatting the ill effects of climate change, will become a habit of every citizen of the world.  Have a meaningful Earth Hour, everyone.

Source: youtube by Earth Hour.

Coron, El Nido and the Cruise Ships

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The Province of Palawan in the Philippines, have been one of the favorite destination areas of cruise ships that sail this part of Asia.  Two of these cruise ships are Le Soleal and Caledonian Sky.  The latter had scheduled a few visit to Coron, Palawan in 2015 and the former included El Nido and Puerto Princesa City among its destinations. For more details, please refer to this link.

http://balita.ph/2015/01/30/coron-shores-to-welcome-ms-caledonia-sky-cruise-ship-anew-on-valentines-day/

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Palawan is home to a string of islands and islets that are protected by the environment laws of the Philippines.  These laws  also covered the protection and conservation of the corals, the coral reefs as in the case of Tubbataha Reefs and other marine life surrounding the entire province. El Nido, specifically Bacuit Bay and the areas of Coron are among these protected areas.  For more details about Le Soleal schedule to El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, please visit the link here:

http://cruises.priceline.com/sc.do?c=344&v=836&i=892933&d2=08/17/2016&dsc=y&tab=itin

Cruise ships, on the other hand, need to dock at its port of call.  In the absence of this port or a wharf, passengers are transported to the islands by several boats.  With this docking activity, the corals and other marine life will be threatened by the visiting cruise ships.  Because of the size of the cruise ship, I think there must be an agreement between the Local Government Unit and the Cruise Liner operating these cruise ships, among others, for a cautious passage of the cruise ships in coral abundant areas of these islands.

                                                Source:  http://wikitravel.org/en/El_Nido          

There is also a fear of a coastal pollution and threats to the marine life of El Nido, Coron and Puerto Princesa.  It is a common knowledge that cruise ships have their own set of rules and guidelines to implement so that they can protect and preserve the environment they visited.

It is therefore, a must for the Local Government Unit and other stakeholders in these destination areas to be more vigilant in monitoring the compliance of these cruise ships with the local environment laws.

We are aware that the business sector and the tourism sector, as well as the community, are all benefited by the visit of these cruise ships.  So, while they are welcome and the local business sectors provide them with amenities and services that can make their visit a memorable one, the local community should also emphasize the most important aspect of this tourism activity – helping the community protect and conserve the marine environment.

If there will be a higher level of coordination between these two key players, then the local community such as El Nido, Coron and the coastal areas of Puerto Princesa will be protected.  On the other hand, the cruise ship can also lessen their environmental footprints.

Source: youtube, uploaded by DW (English).

All photos of El Nido, Palawan by Henry C. Libo-on.

Waste Management Styles of Cruise Ships

Earthniversity presents a snippet of the different styles of Waste Management done by cruise ships. Their compliance with environmental laws, remove the irritants between the cruise ships and the environmentalists.   Presented here are the videos of  three (3) cruise ships featuring their styles of managing waste.  The result?  Lowering their environmental footprint.

Source: youtube by Norwegian Epic of Norwegian Cruise Line. Uploaded by CruiseIndustryTV.

Source: youtube by Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.  Uploaded by CruiseIndustryTV.

Source: youtube, uploaded by DW (English).

We just hope, that all other cruise ships around the world, strictly adhere to the proper management of waste and their sanitary disposal whether on land, sea and the atmosphere.  I think, we just got to believe and trust what they do.  In the final analysis, their name is at stake.  So, cruisers (the people who patronize cruise ships), be selective in your choice of cruise ship.  As you think of your next travel destination, consider the cruise line that has a good record in protecting our environment.

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A cruise ship docks at the Heritage Wharf of the Royal Naval Dockyard in the island of Bermuda.

Acknowledgement:

Earthniversity acknowledges the sources of the foregoing videos from youtube and its uploader. Thank you.