Today is Earth Day

Do you know that today is Earth Day? Yes? But you forgot? Hehe ok, I am here to REMIND  you.

So what is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. (source: wikipedia)

How Do you celebrate Earth Day?

  1. Plant trees around your home.
  2. Donate money to your favorite green cause.
  3. Join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.
  4. Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long. Although no-plastic-bag day is on every Saturday but try not to use plastic bag today also. But don’t restrict the habit only for today or every Saturday, put it into practice every day.
  5. Learn more about the environment; find out information about pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change.

There are more ways to celebrate Earth Day, be innovative and come up with your own ways to celebrate the day. And remember, every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day.

My son Yassin planted rambutan tree few years ago. Now the tree is taller than him. Now he’s waiting to reap the ‘benefit’.

And my most favourite search engine, Google, celebrates Earth Day too. Check this out:

google; earth day image

Happy Earth Day, everybody.

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Get on the bus

UNICEF has started a nationwide movement called “Get on Board” to provide the public with the information, insight and resources to stop child abuse. This knowledge will empower everyone to protect the children in our families and communities. Let us show our children that at least a 100,000 of us care. The more people who raise their hand to be counted, the stronger the campaign becomes to deter an abuser from hurting a child.

I am already on board of the bus, raised my hand and officially became a campaigner.

You can become a Campaigner for Children by hopping on our bus, and rallying others to join us on our journey to end child abuse in Malaysia. UNICEF has prepared materials for you to use to help spread the word and to get as many people as possible to sign up for children. Here are some of the things you can do to promote the campaign for children:

– Blog about the campaign.
– Donate your Facebook status message or change your profile picture to the picture of your designed hand.
– Email you friends.
– Create conversations on Twitter.
– Send a letter to the Editor of your daily newspaper.
– Organise a sign-up at your company, college, place of worship.

    Get on Board and help us spread the word to stop child abuse today! What will you do today that is more important?

    Let’s unite against abuse.

    Let's unite against child abuse

    Here’s a fact sheet about child abuse in Malaysia that I downloaded from UNICEF.

    Numbers
    Child abuse is on the rise in Malaysia with an increase of some 700 reported cases between 2006 and 2008 based on statistics from the Department of Social Welfare, Malaysia. Despite significant strides made by the Government in improving child protection measures in recent years, statistics from the Department of Social Welfare show a rise in reported child abuse cases in Malaysia:

    – 2008: 2,780 child abuse reports
    – 2007: 2,279 child abuse reports
    – 2006: 1,999 child abuse reports.

      Based on 2008 reported figures, neglect is the most common form of child abuse in Malaysia. The breakdown of the three key forms of abuse are as follows:

      – 952 child victims experienced neglect, meaning a caretaker failed to provide for the child’s basic needs.
      – 863 child victims were physically abused.
      – 733 child victims were sexually abused, 72% were incest.
      – 58 child victims were abandoned babies.
      – Failure to provide care and supervision has become the most frequent cause of death among children.

        Actual Numbers
        Most child abuse goes unreported and the statistical snapshot could be just the “tip of the iceberg”. The national reported figures in Malaysia represent ONLY reported cases to the Department of Social Welfare, police or hospitals/clinics when children are treated.

        – Global experience shows that only a small proportion of child abuse of children is reported and investigated, and few perpetrators are held to account.
        – Very young children, for example, lack the capacity to report physical or sexual abuse. Older children also often fear reprisals by perpetrators or interventions by authorities, both of which may worsen their overall situation.
        – Anecdotal evidence indicates that often only the most acute cases of child abuse are reported.

          Perpetrators
          1 in 2 child victims reported in 2008 were abused by a parent.

          – By definition, perpetrators of child abuse and neglect are the very people responsible for the child’s safety and well-being (including parents, other relatives, and babysitters).
          – 2008 statistics from the Department of Social Welfare show that out of the 2,780 child abuse cases reported in Malaysia, 772 offenders were mothers of the victims, while 494 cases were attributed to fathers of the victims.

            Legislation
            Child abuse is a punishable offence in Malaysia.

            – Child abuse is an offence in Malaysia, punishable under the Child Act (2001) and the Penal Code (revised 1997).
            – Offenders may be liable to a maximum fine of RM 50,000 or up to 20 years imprisonment, or both depending on the offence.
            – Offenders may also be punished with whipping in addition to the fine and/or imprisonment.

              get on the bus!

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              Blog4FT Cares

              If previously Blog4Ft is all about promoting Federal Territories of Malaysia via a blogging contest (organised by Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being), this time around it is all about charity. Having objectives such as highlighting charities and charitable activities in the Federal Territories, Blog4FT today launched a program called Blog4FT Cares to raise awareness of selected Causes.

              The focus previously was on the blogosphere but this time, the Ministry will engage millions of Malaysian Facebook and Twitter users. Three national Celebrities will play key roles in this campaign. Each will start a Special BlogforFT Cares! Facebook Page and promote this amongst their fans with the aim to collect maximum number of Facebook “Like”. When a Special Page collects 10,000 “Like”, the Program’s Corporate Sponsor will donate RM25,000 for the Cause; when the Page collects 20,000 “Like” and above, RM50,000 will be donated for the Cause.

              So let us all contribute the the causes! All you have to do is click on FB pages below:

              1. Siti Nurhaliza:  The importance of empowering the urban poor in the Federal Territories through vocational training.
              2. Upin & Ipin: The need to increase awareness about the danger of Dengue fever to residents of the Federal Territories.
              3. Steve Yap: The need for society to be involved in greening the environment through Tree Planting Programs.

              Here are some picture’s of the launching of the program of Blog4FT Cares by the Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being at BSC, Bangsar, 11am today.

              ministers

              VIPs.

              speech

              Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being giving his speech.

              launching gimmick

              The launching by Minister (Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin) and Deputy Minister (Datuk M. Saravanan) of the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being.

              yassin and me

              Yassin meets Upin & Ipin!

              Celik IT

              A CSR program – Celik IT was held in conjunction with the Blog4FT Cares launching.

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              October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month

              It is believed that 2/3 of all cancers can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For cancers that can be detected early, there is over an 80% chance of surviving the cancer. Cancer detected early can save lives.

              You can lower your risk for cancer by choosing a healthy lifestyle. This means:
              * Don’t smoke
              * Be active every day
              * Keep to a healthy weight
              * Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and cereals
              * Eat food low in fat, sugar and salt
              * Keep your alcohol intake low
              * Be sun aware

              I’m going pink this month to help create awareness about breast cancer.

              And for that particular reason, I am calling out to you to help click the banner in thebreastcancersite.com. Your click helped another woman in need get a free mammogram. Just follow the link of below banner and click on the pink button:

              The Breast Cancer Site

              For those who wish to donate locally (Malaysia) via Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, you can do so HERE. You can also be a volunteer HERE. Or you can buy cute pinky stuff from The Pink Souvenir Shop.

              And here are some free related banners created from my paintings for your sidebar. Feel free to copy + paste the codes in your blog. Enjoy!

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              Fundraising for Haiti

              Islamic Relief will be doing fundraising for Haiti Earthquake Appeal in UIA from 1-4 March 2010 during their Ummatic Week.

              They are planning to sell merchandise (keychain,travel prayer mats, men suitwears (for RM200), etc during the exhibition cum fundraising.

              They are accepting donations in the form of handmade crafts so if you have any handmade items that you want to donate, please contact IRM:

              ISLAMIC RELIEF MALAYSIA
              31-7, Jalan SP2/1,Taman Serdang Perdana,
              43300 Seri Kembangan.
              Selangor. Malaysia
              Email:  info@irm.org.my
              Telephone:  +603 8948 6334
              Fax:  +603 8948 7339

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              A cute letter!

              I received a surprise in the mailbox yesterday!

              A letter from my son! Lol!

              So let’s see what’s inside…

              …two cards, err I mean one and a half card that my son wants me to take notice of!

              Yassin thought that we can try to save Dodos but little did he knows that Dodos had become extinct before 1700; the last Dodo died a little more than a century after the species’ discovery in 1581.

              Anyway, we can try to save the latter. You can ‘adopt’ a rhino HERE.

              Note to Yassin: Thanks baby for the reminder!

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              Green Police

              I was just keeping myself updated about ‘green’ news when I came across about Green Police and thought that I share it with you. Do you know who are the Green Police?

              Officially,  it is a nickname to a branch of local law enforcement in charge of ensuring environmental protection laws are followed. But unofficially, it is a term referring to citizens who report environmental violations to their local law enforcement agency, or enforce environmental rules at special events. The term green police has also been co-opted by companies and groups to promote environmentally-themed agendas and ad campaigns.  It can also be referred to environmental monitors hired for public or private events.

              At the Glastonbury Festival, festival organizers are hiring “Green Police” to spread environmental awareness and encourage environmentally responsible behavior. Their duties include making sure festival goers dispose of their cigarettes properly, not urinate in the water and shrubbery, and pick up and recycle their trash.

              Now, this is very good and I hope that our local Green Police will enforce similar effort to address our huge volume of rubbish during festivals.

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              Donate to victims of Haiti Earthquake

              In response to the recent disaster in Haiti, Humanitarian Appeal for the victims is officially launched by Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM). The appeal is launched on humanitarian ground apart from raising awareness and contribution from the people in this region.

              Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, where endemic poverty, food shortages and conflict are a daily occurrence. About 80 percent of Haiti’s 9 million populations live in poverty.

              Thousands of people are feared dead, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean country, last Tuesday, 12 January 2010. The country often struggles with natural disasters such as hurricanes but this earthquake is a disaster of an unprecedented scale and people need urgent assistance to prevent many more lives being lost.

              The actual scale of the disaster is not yet known as all communication lines are currently down. However, the initial report had stated that homes, government buildings and hotels were collapsed, and people are still digging out survivors and dead bodies from the rubble, some with their own bare hands. The badly affected area is close to the capital Port-au-Prince, which is largely made up of slums and poorly constructed houses, many of which were not able to withstand the force of such a large earthquake.

              Majority of the people are afraid to return to their homes because of further aftershocks, and many are sleeping on the streets with no shelter. There are also many dead bodies lining the streets and pavements, raising fears of a health crisis.

              Base on the update report from our partner office Islamic Relief – USA, the recent earthquake was the worst to strike Haiti in 200 years. Around three million people are badly affected, many of whom have been left homeless and without food or water. At present it appears that the most needs are for food, clean water, medical care and shelter. Islamic Relief emergency response team from the UK and the US is already been sent to Haiti for further emergency relief assessment on 15th January 2010.

              The contribution from IRM humanitarian appeal will be channeled to the victims through Islamic Relief branch office in USA. Currently, a USD 1 million worth of emergency aid had already been sent to the affected areas. The aid distribution is done with cooperation and coordination with various parties including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

              The updates and the progress of Islamic Relief work in Haiti will be closely monitored by IRM. At the moment, due to the cost and logistic factor, IRM has no plan to send team of volunteers for humanitarian aid.  However the level IRM involvement and participations will be reviewed and decided based on the requirement and progress report issued by Islamic Relief – USA.

              Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM) is a humanitarian aid development agency, non government organization (NGO) with the head office located in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  With 25 years experience of implementing humanitarian program all over the world, Islamic Relief hold a various status in the international humanitarian field including a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), member of Disaster Emergency Committee UK(DEC) and British Overseas NGO for Development (BOND) and is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Moments and NGO’s Disaster Relief.

              For any contribution and further information on the appeal please visit IRM website at www.irm.org.my or contact IRM office at 03-89486334.

              source: irm.org.my

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