Blog Action Day 2009 – Climate Change, act on it
Its Blog Action Day today. Every 15 October, bloggers from all around the world unite to talk about the same issue on the same day with the hope that their voices will provoke discussion on the issue of global importance. From the Blog Action Day’s site, 7,194 blogs from 141 countries across the world have registered to join and talk on the issue of climate change. Here’s my take on the issue on my way to a training course and during my lunch break.
Climate change is already happening. Every day we hear devastating news about all these natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes which left hundreds and thousands to lose their livelihoods. I am really hopeful for the world leaders who will meet in Copenhagen this December will come up with a real, sensible outcome on how to tackle climate change.
Now don’t say that Brunei is not affected. I don’t know if anyone knows that Brunei is among the highest carbon emitter per capita. Tiny Brunei with a population of about a quarter million is not spared from the effect of climate change. The best example will be the flash floods. Bruneians are not used to experience what seem ‘normal’ for neighboring countries like the Philippines and Indonesia in facing calamities like typhoons and earthquakes due to its geographic location.
However, early this year, the country was suddenly awakened with the worst flooding it has seen for decades. I remember that night. Barrack Obama was just sworn in as the President. As the Americans and the rest of the world were watching the inauguration live, Bruneians were experiencing hours and hours of non-stop raining. The next morning, people from areas which have never experienced flooding were awakened with an unexpected sight – water with mud everywhere.
So what is happening? What was it that we did? Has Mother Nature lost her charm and unleash her fury. I think so. So what do we need to do now? I don’t suggest that everyone should go to the forest and hug a tree but more to our every day habit like switching to energy-saving bulbs, using less paper, re-cycling and re-using items, and no plastics. These little things that we do every day. Every one of us should be responsible in their own actions as it affect the future generation. I want my great-great-grandchildren to be still able to smell the flowers and breathe fresh air. If you are not sure what you can do to tackle climate change (or what on earth this climate change that I have been yapping on and on is), just google for ways to tackle climate change. I particularly like this Climate Change – Bloom from the BBC. Click on it.
Climate change, act on it for a greener world.