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On June 5th, Friday, we all have a date with Earth. It’s World Environment Day.

But I see no meaning in having this holiday because no one is really giving a damn about this environment anyway.

Wherever you go, you hear people saying “Why should I change? I’m too small to make a real difference anyway.” or “Why should I? Others are not doing it…” The truth is everyone is just too selfish and proud to make a change to their lifestyle. In this case, ‘I’m too insignificant’ just seems like the perfect excuse to shirk the responsibility.

Admit it, we are all guilty of contributing to Earth’s demise at some point of our life. Pollution, urbanization, biological advancement… all committed in the name of pushing economic and human evolution. The world is sapping away at the Earth’s resources faster than it can give us.

Just look at typical Singaporeans… our rampant usage of plastic bags, excessive use of electricity, over-populated highways and exceptionally high demand in meat consumption. Are you saying that using lesser plastic bags, taking public transport and having a vegetarian meal once a week is too hard or you simply too selfish to change what has become of an overly luxurious lifestyle?

Tomorrow, the film named ‘HOME’ will be launching worldwide. FREE. The worldwide release is billed by producers as ‘the greatest green event ever”, a high-budget documentary to save the planet from Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

‘In 200,000 years on earth,’ says the film, ‘humanity has upset the balance of the planet. Humanity has barely 10 years to reverse the trend.’

Speaking to AFP, Mr Arthus-Bertrand said it was time to call a halt to a world where 20 per cent of the population consumed 80 per cent of the planet’s riches.

‘We are living in exceptional times,’ Mr Arthus-Betrand also added, ‘Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.’

It took almost three years to finalise the mega-movie, shot over 217 days in 54 countries, providing 488 hours of footage. Shot from the air in a chopper, the environmental documentary will be available across the globe from June 5, mostly free of charge, in open-air spaces as well as theatres, TV, DVD, and the Internet at www.youtube.com/homeproject.

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Some threats do come from humanity itself.

The effects of global warming are of concern to both environment and human race.

Recent observations of rapid climate change like rising sea levels, glacier retreats and altered patterns of agriculture are direct consequences of human negligence.

If we continue to pollute the environment, the effects of global warming and worldwide pandemic will definitely come swifter and far more deadly.

If everyone can just cut down on consumption of meat or usage of more environmental-friendly products, we can all make a difference.

Remember, as the late Gandhi said:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

The pictures below depict some serious conditions in countries that put profit before conservation

Boys swimming in a garbage-filled river

Boys swimming in a garbage-filled river

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An Indian boy searches for coins in the polluted waters of the Yamuna River in New Delhi.The national capital is a major culprit in the pollution of the Yamuna, accounting for about 79 per cent of the total waste water that is poured into the river by the major towns along its banks. Despite the Indian government spending millions on trying to clean up the river, most of it going to waste-treatment stations, pollution levels continue to rise.

Pollution

AFP PHOTO/ Manan VATSYAYANA

A man collecting dead fish in Guanqiao Lake in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province, which died due to the polluted lake water and the sizzling weather in the city.

EPA/ZHOU CHAO

EPA/ZHOU CHAO

Thousands of scrapped taxis are abandoned at a yard in the center of Chongqing city on March 4, 2009. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities as the country’s long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars.

AFP PHOTO

AFP PHOTO

Volunteers try to clear a dam which is filled with discarded plastic bottles and other garbage, blocking Vacha Dam, near the town of Krichim on April 25, 2009.

AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF

AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF

A worker washing dead fish remains at a Meat and Bone Meal factory in Dhaka. MBM is animal feed manufactured from abattoir waste and animal carcasses. Following the BSE (Mad Cow Disease) crisis, meat and bone meal been illegal as animal feed in Europe since January 1st, 2001. This is not the case in Bangladesh where the practice is still widespread.

SIPA

SIPA

A cow grazing amidst the piles of rubbish in Dhaka. With over 8000 slums, thousands of people work everyday in the polluted environment of Bangladesh’s capital. The city is known to have the 2nd most polluted water supply in the world, contaminated by industrial waste and human excrement. The local authorities in Dhaka do not consider waste disposal a priority and as a result, rubbish accumulates in large piles around the city before it is finally removed.

Brunopress

Brunopress

Original source from http://gigapica.geenstijl.nl/2009/05/mooi_milieu.html

Haha… Poor kid.

Now he’s to blame for all the pandemic that’s going around.

The scary word is here again. FLU is spreading quickly.

As of April 13, there are already an estimated 1,400 cases in Mexico where the virus is blamed for 86 deaths. So far no one can predict if this is going to be the next big global flu epidemic, or just something that will die out within a few weeks. The new virus is called a swine flu, though it contains genetic segments from humans and birds viruses as well as from pigs from North America, Europe and Asia. Health officials had seen combinations of bird, pig and human virus before — but never such an intercontinental mix, including more than one pig virus. More disturbing, this virus seems to spread among people more easily than past swine flus that have sometimes jumped from pigs to people. More info here

Anyway, let’s take a look at the local food that will be affected here in sunny and humid Singapore.

Checklist of favorite foods that will be affected:

1. Bar Chor Mee (Mince Pork Noodles)

2. Kway Chap (Assorted meat and poultry braised in dark soy sauce)

3. Pig Organ Soup

4. Economic Bee Hoon with Luncheon Meat

5. Braised Pig Trotters

6. Sweet and Sour Pork

7. Bah Kut Teh

Omg, that would be a torture! Ba Chor Mee is like my staple…

Please, let the flu go away!