Amidst the recent natural calamity that hit the Philippines (via the destructive typhoon Haiyan), the role of the mangroves came into the spotlight. Environmental experts have always pointed to the diminishing trees in the country caused by illegal logging which they said contribute to the soil erosion and the heavy floods that commonly occur during the rainy and typhoon season.
It’s only recently, though, that the mangroves were given much attention owing to their protective function particularly in the coastal areas. While many of you are aware of what these are, not all know their real worth in the environment.
What are Mangroves?
Judging by their physical appearance, there’s no doubt that mangroves are trees. But they’re also considered a shrub, palm and a ground fern that grow in abundance along coastal areas notably in the tropics and subtropics. Read the rest of this entry »
Going green is all the rave today. Wherever you go, there’s bound to be some large and small signs or movements that encourage people to do their share in preserving the environment. For the people who care about our depleting surroundings, this is a welcome move and one that should continue moving into the future.
Greening movements today are no longer limited to vehicles reducing their carbon emission and proper waste management. In the homes, events and even in the fashion industry, this is also now being practiced.
The green t-shirts have become popular in recent years and are part of the so-called eco fashion. Eco fashion refers to designing clothes with sustainability in mind. It’s about creating clothing with less environmental and social impact and with an end goal of cutting carbon footprint. Read the rest of this entry »
These days, celebrating an important occasion can be done in a green way. This helps ensure that food served and the things used do not harm the environment.
Thanksgiving is one celebration that can be made more meaningful if family members contribute to making it an eco-friendly affair. Indeed, there’s something to be thankful when you know you are able to do a good deed together with your loved ones.
Practice the 3R’s
Buy only what you need so you are able to reduce your waste. Also, purchase products that use recyclable materials.
When shopping, make sure to bring along reusable bags and do make it a point to recycle plastic, glass and aluminum containers. Read the rest of this entry »
For many people, clean energy just seems like a pipe dream that may never actually be realized. After all, we learn pretty early on in our lives that you can’t get something for nothing, and environmental damage as a result of energy production is just a fact that we have to live with. However the truth is that there are several viable forms of clean energy that have been put to use to great effect around the world and are being adopted into green technology advancements that are being integrated into our tech savvy culture. By adopting those practices that produce sufficient amounts of energy while still conserving resources and creating limited environmental impact, we can make progress towards a world in which clean energy is more than a dream. Here are five clean alternate forms of energy being used around the world today. Read the rest of this entry »
Typhoons are a normal occurrence in the Asia Pacific region. In the Philippines alone, some 10 to 12 typhoons pass by the country each year. But while the people in Asia are used to this weather disturbance, the recent years have seen typhoons becoming stronger and fiercer causing massive damage to properties and claiming the lives of thousands of people despite prior warnings and preparations for possible disaster. The experts attribute this to the phenomenon called global warming.
In case you are living in or happen to be visiting an Asian country or any country for that matter and a warning has been issued about an impending typhoon or hurricane, you need to take immediate steps to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones and friends.
Being in the know of the weather condition is always a must. Make sure you tune in to the radio or TV or go online to get your daily weather news as well as phone numbers to call during emergency cases.
The planet earth has been abused over and over again by the very people who live in it. Fortunately, there are many cause-oriented groups today that dedicate themselves to raising awareness on the responsibility of humans in preserving the environment. As such, the green movement was born and continues to spread around the globe.
These environmental groups regularly come up with events that attract hundreds to thousands of people. There are also quite a number of music artists who have written and produced great songs related to Mother Earth. We share some of them here.
This is the debut single of the popular English band Duran Duran led by vocalist Simon Le Bon and released in 1981. It became an instant hit in the U.K. where the band is based and became the band’s first Top 10 hit worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s face it, many people create a bucket list of their wishes or things to do before they die. Sometimes, they do this not only to mark a special occasion such as the New Year but for the long term.
Parks such as the huge and famous ones in the west are normally part of people’s wish lists. They can be those with well manicured gardens, those with lots of trees and colorful flowers or those with unique structures and designs. They’re a must-visit during your vacations.
Parks are a welcome retreat. They’re a great place to relax and unwind after a busy day or week and where one can enjoy good conversation amidst a peaceful and green environment. If you haven’t made a list of your must-visit parks, we recommend five of them here. Read the rest of this entry »
The holiday season is almost upon us, and many of us are planning fun getaways in the near future. However, as an environmentally conscientious traveler, the impact that you are having on the earth as you travel can sometimes weigh on one’s mind . Traveling in an eco-friendly manner can be a good way to do your part for the environment, but you will also find that it has many other benefits in terms of safety and finance as well. Read on to find out some of the best ways to travel, mother earth style! Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you want to reduce your home’s environmental footprint or save money on utility costs, there are many ways you can make your home more energy efficient. Becoming more efficient may require a steady, sustained effort, starting with small projects and planning for larger ones. Read on to learn about some changes you can make – from simple tasks that can be done in minutes, to major upgrades that require professional help. Read the rest of this entry »
Thailand is one Asian country that values its environment in the same way that its values its millions of visitors. In keeping with the global green movement to preserve the environment, the country’s various sectors are now practicing the concept of green building.
By green building, this means organizations are taking efforts to use only eco-friendly materials in constructing buildings. A growing number of schools in Thailand are now conscious about their contribution to the environment and they’re gradually recognizing the benefits of making this move.
While some of these schools do not necessarily offer Thai language programs, nevertheless they are making a conscious effort to follow the green building principle.
One such school is the Panyaden. This green school in Chiang Mai instills in its students the values of Buddhism and environmental consciousness. It provides a holistic approach to education and offers a bilingual curriculum that prepares students for an international education. Read the rest of this entry »