World Climate Summit @ Lima, Peru…details

DSCF2707Earthniversity would like to share this update on the World Climate Summit to take place at Lima, Peru on December 10, 2014.  (Source: World Climate Ltd. @ http.//www.wclimate.com/world-climate-summit-2014)

The World Climate Summit  is a one-day event with 500+ delegates invited by the organizer. Attendance is by invitation only but they will accept around 300 pax as part of the AUDIENCE.  There are, however, various Events like Plenary Sessions and Press Briefings by various countries and organizations participating in this Summit which begins on the first day of December until the 11th of December.  European Union, had their Press Briefing on the 30th of November.

According to the organizer, the audience will consist of 300 global leaders including government representatives, CEOs, thought-leaders, dealmakers, philanthropists, business executives and others such as civil society organisations and media.

The summit is also known as UNFCCC COP or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of Parties. The COP is the “supreme body” of the UNFCCC.

Please click this link for the details, thank you.

http://www.wclimate.com/world-climate-summit-2014/

According to the organizer, the following are the objective of the summit:

The World Climate Summit (WCS) is the premier business event at the COP and this year’s summit is the 5th edition. The objectives of the World Climate Summit this year are to:

  • Work with leaders from government, business and international organizations to define solutions and policies towards the mitigation of climate change
  • Provide the premier business, finance and government forum alongside the UNFCCC negotiations
  • Be a key event on the ‘Road to Paris’ 2015 and set an agenda of actions and further commitments at COP20 and for COP21 in Paris
  • Drive new policies, projects and investments across the public and private sector, especially for Latin America.

According to the Organizer, this is the Format of the Summit:

  • Press conference on the status and outlook of the Road to Paris 2015
  • Interactive plenary sessions focused on international, regional and national aspects
  • Presentations, panels and high-level dialogues
  • Networking and match-making opportunities

As earlier mentioned, the summit will be attended by more than 500 participants coming from big corporations and country representatives from all over the world.

(Photo credit: Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard by Henry C. Libo-on)

If The Rainforest Can Speak, What Will He Tells You?

If the rainforest can speak, do you know what he will tell you? Conservation International recently (October 5, 2014) uploaded a video on youtube through ConservationDotOrg and presented a very good discussion of what a rainforest will tell the human population. Here is Kevin Spacey, a famous actor, director, screenwriter and producer, narrating what the Rainforest would tell you. Here is the video.


The Rainforest says as narrated by Kevin Spacey:

“I am the rainforest, I watched them grow up here
They’ve left but they always come back
Yes, they always come back, for my trees, their wood,
my plants, their medicines, for my beauty, their escape
I’ve always been there for them
And I have been more than generous
Sometimes I gave it all to them
Now gone forever
But humans, they’re so smart, so smart
such big brains and opposable thumbs
They know how to make things, amazing things
Now, why would they need an old forest like me anymore?
Jungles, trees, well, they do breathe air and I make air
Have they thought about that?
Humans so smart, they’ll figure it out
Humans making air, that will be fun to watch.”

-end-

Narrator: Kevin Spacey

Earthniversity would like to thank Conservation International, ConservationDotOrg and youtube for making this video available to all.

This noble initiative of Conservation International is also in tune with the Earthniversity’s thrust which is Environment and Sustainable Development for planet Earth.

IF YOU WISH TO WATCH THE FIVE (5) OTHER VIDEOS, JUST SEARCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO SCREEN AFTER THIS PRESENTATION AND CLICK THE VIDEO YOU WISH TO WATCH.

Thank you.

If The Ocean Can Speak, What Will He Tells You?

If the ocean can speak, do you know what he will tell you? The Conservation International through ConservationDotOrg has uploaded a video on youtube recently (October 5, 2014) about the conversation of the Ocean to you. This personification of the Ocean is performed by Harrison Ford, a multi-awarded actor and producer. Earthniversity is therefore happy to share this video with you. Here’s Harrison Ford as the Ocean.

The Ocean Speaks:

“I am the ocean, I’m water, I’m most of this planet, I shaped it.
Every stream, every cloud, and every raindrop
It all comes back to me
One way or another, every living thing here, needs me
I’m the source, I’m what they crawl out of
Humans, they’re not different
I don’t owe them a thing
I give, they take, but I can always take back

That’s just the way as  always been

It’s not their planet anyway, never was never will be
But humans, they take more than their share
They poison me and they expect me to feed them
But it doesn’t work that way
If humans want to exist in nature with me and off of me
I suggest they listen close  I’m only gonna say this once
If nature isn’t kept healthy
Humans won’t survive, simple as that
I mean, I could give a damn  with or without humans
I’m the Ocean
I covered this entire planet once
And I can always cover it again
That’s all I have to say.”

-end-

Harrison Ford is the Ocean.

Earthniversity would like to thank Conservation International and ConservationDotOrg for sharing this video on youtube. Earthniversity shares this noble intention of Conservation International with our own thrust – Environment and Sustainable Development. Thank you.

If Mother Nature Can Speak, What Will She Tells You?

If mother nature can speak, what will she tells you? Listen to this video from Conservation International, uploaded on October 5, 2014 on youtube. The narrator is Julia Roberts. Here it is:

“Some call me Nature, others call me mother nature
I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years
Twenty-two thousand five hundred times longer than you
I don’t really need people but people need me
Yes, your future depends on me
When I thrive, you thrive
When I falter, you falter or worse (?)
But I’ve been here for aeons
I have fed species greater than you, and
I have starved species greater than you
My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests,
they all can take you or leave you
How you chose to live each day whether you regard or
disregard me doesn’t really matter to me
One way or the other your actions will determine your fate not mine
I am nature
I will go on
I am prepared to evolve

Are you?”

Source: Conservation International and youtube.

Thank you CI and ConservationDotOrg for posting this on youtube.

Scuba Divers and Underwater Heritage Sites

The island of Negros and the neighboring islands of Cebu, Malapascua, Siquijor, Apo and Panay in Central Philippines are endowed with beautiful dive spots that attracted local as well as international dive enthusiasts. The islands are surrounded by deep blue waters with rich aquatic life, coral reefs and sunken ships that made it as one of the favorite scuba dive sites in the Philippines.


Source: http://www.sipalay.cn/images/map_visayas_001_lbs.jpg

The Island of Negros where I was born and raised is divided into two provinces, the Oriental Negros in the east and the Occidental Negros in the west. I live in Negros Occidental. In the southern tip of our province, is where you can find several (44) dive sites. One of the town that embraced the scuba diving tourism in our province is Sipalay. There you can find Dive Spot Resorts and PADI Centers.

Historical accounts have revealed that a few boats during the war and after the second world war were sunk around the areas in the Visayas. One of these was the ship SS Panay. Its remains can be found in Campomanes Bay or Maricalum Bay, (Province of Negros Occidental website). Another examples are: Abukama Ship, a Nagara Class Cruiser bombed by the US Aircraft off Negros Island on October 26, 1944 (Wikipedia) and Fujinami, a Yugomo Class Destroyer that was sunk by US Aircraft 80 miles north of Iloilo on October 27, 1944 (Wikipedia). There were many others that can be found around the waters of Cebu and other islands in the Visayas.


SS Panay on her resting place, Campomanes Bay or Maricalum Bay, Island of Negros.
Source: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/

It was believed that the ship was loaded with cargoes and ammunition to aid the resistance movement against the Japanese during the second world war. That sunken ship, therefore, is a rich piece of history of the second world war.


SS Panay
Source: http://www.benhavenarchives.org/wiki/S.S._Panay_(4.14.0296)


Source: Youtube, uploaded by Martin Yee. Earthniversity does not own this video but thanks to Martin Yee and Youtube.

With the popularity of scuba diving activities in the Southern part of Negros, these underwater heritage sites are now a concern not only for the local government units but also to the proponents of sustainable environment and development.

A few years ago, the United Nations call the attention of countries around the world to protect its underwater heritage sites because it is the common heritage of all people of all states and the world. The underwater heritage sites is not only for those people who have access to it like the divers but it is also for people who has no access to it, at the moment. While majority of the divers are educated in the proper care of the underwater heritage sites, there are unscrupulous divers who cannot resist the temptations of pillage and destruction on these sites. Therefore, changing the face of the Underwater Heritage Sites.

Heritage refers to inheritance or patrimony. The coral reefs can be considered as our natural heritage or inheritance from Mother Earth. Tubbataha Reef and Australia’s the Great Barrier Reef are examples of natural heritage sites.


Tubbataha Reefs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at Cagyancillo Town, Palawan.
Source is stated hereunder. http://i674.photobucket.com/albums/vv103/emmanuel_esber/Tubbataha%20Reef/56033393-1.jpg


The Great Barrier Reefs, Australia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Source: http://www.shedexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Great-Barrier-Reef-Marine-Park-Queensland-australia.jpg

It is therefore the responsibility of the Local Government Units to take the lead in the protection and conservation of these Underwater Heritage Sites so that the present and the future generations can learn from them.

Here are the suggested steps to follow in formulating a Heritage Sites Protection and Conservation Program.

1. Create a Technical Working Group or TWG, to conduct a research to identify the Underwater Heritage Sites and gather facts and figures about them. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to conduct a Strategic Planning Workshop on the Protection and Conservation of Underwater Heritage Sites. The workshop should answer the following questions: 1) Who Are We?; 2) Where Are We Now?; 3) Where Are We Going?; 4) How Are We Going To Get There?

The final output of this workshop is the formulation of an Action Plan aimed at the protection and conservation of the LGU’s Underwater Heritage Sites. For a thorough discussion on the Strategic Planning activity, please refer to my previous post found here on this website. The title is: Strategic Planning Workshop on the Formulation of the Local Heritage Plan (Lecture Series 1-A)

2. Present the Plan to the Local Development Council so that the LDC can pass a Resolution approving it and submit the same to the Local Chief Executive. This LDC resolution should contain the proposed Action Plan.

3. Have this Plan on the Protection and Conservation of the Underwater Heritage Sites be approved by the Local Chief Executive who will then submit this to the City or Municipal Council for their review and approval. The Council’s approval shall be in the form of a Resolution or if the Plan submitted was exhaustive, the approval could be in the form of an Ordinance. This Ordinance will state the manner as well as penalties in the implementation of the Ordinance. An LGU department or office shall be identified by this Ordinance as the implementing agency or office, defining its roles and obligations to implement this Ordinance.

4. The Local Council’s approval will give teeth, so to speak, to the implementation of various Programs and Projects enumerated in this Plan.

5. Implementation of the Plan will follow. The Environment Office of the LGU will be the implementing agency in cooperation with multi-sectoral groups in the town or city.

6. Monitoring and Evaluation comes after the Plan, its programs and projects have been implemented.

7. Regular performance review of the implementation of the Plan maybe conducted.

8. From these activities additional inputs can be made by the LGU or Local Government Unit.

9. The Technical Working Group or TWG which was earlier organized shall be headed by the Environment Chief of the LGU with the Municipal or City Development Office as the Secretariat. This can be revised by the LGU to suit their needs.

Comment:

The southern part of the island of Negros including the towns of Hinoba-an, Sipalay and Cauayan and the islands of Apo and Siquijor as well as the areas of Dauin and many others are rich in aquatic life, marine resources and underwater heritage sites. If the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is a Heritage and Protected Site, why not create these identified areas of the island of Negros as Underwater Heritage Sites Protected Areas?

Various stakeholders are involved in this effort of protection and conservation of our underwater heritage sites. Through Eco-Tourism, several stakeholders are economically benefited here. The scuba dive shops and beach resort operators are our partners in the protection and conservation of underwater heritage sites. They worked hard to construct beautiful resorts, put up facilities, conduct scuba diving activities and other related water sports and they deserve our attention as equal partners in ecological and sustainable development of the area.

They can be our partners in achieving the Sustainable Environment and Development of Southern Negros and the rest of the Visayas.

If you are a development planner, a member of the Local Development Council, a city or municipal official in the area, an officer of the environment and planning offices, or a concerned citizen as they say, these suggestions are for you. Please feel free to add, revise or improve the suggested activities to suit your local needs.

If you wish to comment on this post, please feel free to write it at the bottom of this page.

Finally, Earthniversity is re-posting the video uploaded by UNESCO on youtube. The title is: UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Acknowledgement:

Earthniversity expresses its thanks and appreciation to our sources of information and youtube.

Should We Worry About Black Ice and Dark Snow?

What is the mystery behind this black ice and dark snow phenomenon? If Black Ice and Dark Snow were caused by natural disaster such as forest fires or factory smokes and others, what should the governments do to mitigate this Black Ice and Dark Snow Phenomenon? Does that affect the global warming and greenhouse gases? Jason Box’s story will probably shock you as it did to me. Earthniversity shares this article written by Eric Holthaus. Earthniversity says “Thank you Mr. Holthaus”. To know more, please check this link:

Should We Worry About Black Ice and Dark Snow?


Black Ice……. Source: Jason Box Report and Writer Eric Holthaus


Dark Snow……. Source: Jason Box Report and Writer Eric Holthaus