Family is Everything

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Flower Pattern and Mandala in Sweet Potato

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Understanding People

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Forgive Others for not Being Kind

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Continue that Dream! Happy 2017!

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Small Note

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Smile Don’t Cost a Thing

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“Seeking for an Answer”-Personal Experiences about Religion

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Category Archives: Earth Day

Without Earth

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

 Earth

 

No called human being

If Earth never exist

No trees, no animals

No forest, no fish

 

No war, no politics

No stress, no pressure

From people and material things

 

Without earth

We aren’t being able to touch

To see, to hear, to feel

Anything…everything

 

If nothing in existence

Where could we be?

Are we in a different dimension?

A spirit hovering in the space?

Or just a thought within

A dust, a dot, a speck in a giant maze

 

Creation is mystery

Unending, such infinite

Always coming back

Birth, death, rebirth

Enigmatic cycle within a pattern

Bizarre, inexplicable, unknown

 

No other planet

Of physical and material existence

Did we come back or just new?

Whatever the reason

None allowed to know

 

Now we are here

As we experience different things

Do you still wish to go back?

Or longing to live

To a magical planet

Of wishes fulfilment

 

Our deepest desire we manifest

The reason of human existence

Out of thoughts, we create

With patience, and kindness

To live and leave full of honesty

Selfless love, truthfulness and integrity

 

With or without earth

There is greater behind all

Wrapped in layers

Of mystery and energy

Evolving in secrecy of reality

 

Honor the planet Earth for it is sacred, has breath that also needs nurture from human hands to restore and conserve what have been taken. Happy Earth Day!!

 

Do you know where your trash is going?

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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Every time you throw a bag of trash, have you ever thought where your garbage is going after being collected by the truck collector? Do you feel guilty of how much waste you are throwing everyday? Have you ever thought that if you only consume fewer resources, trash and garbage’s around us will be less? If you answer yes to all the questions, then you are thinking the welfare of the environment.

It was year 2007 that I was assigned to be part of the documentary about the trash and dump site for the environmental organization in Manila named Mother Earth. At first, I thought it was easy as we are only documenting the Materials Recycling Facility or known as MRF in each of the small town in Metro Manila. Yet the last two days of our shoot was so tough. We went to the dumping site in Rodriguez, Rizal which is part of the mountains of Sierra Madre. In short, the dumping site was situated in the mountains. It was my first time to experience being in the “trash world” that everywhere you look, you are surrounded by waste, rotten garbage, and sack of trash. As a photographer especially for this kind of documentary, your stomach must be tough; the smell is so so bad and very stinky. Even you put handkerchief wrap around your nose and to cover your mouth, still you can smell the garbage.

We arrived in the dumping site at 5:30 in the morning. As we enter the main road going to the mountains, we notice houses and a school and we smell the garbage already. We thought we are almost near since the wind smells rotten. To our surprise, the dumping site is about 15-20 mins. travel yet the air smells so bad. While on our way, we saw some kids in their school uniform walking from the upper road and we noticed that their shoes are wrapped in plastic. “Where do these kids come from?” we asked. Our local guide told us that there are people living within the dumping site and they work as waste-picker. We feel pity for the kids for they walk for more than 30 minutes just to reach the school and the air that they breathe is pollutants from the garbage dump.

As we have reached the site, the security men checked our equipment and our permit from the local government that we are allowed to take photos. To take pictures and videos are very strict considering we are only talking about “trash” but even it is only trash, we all know that the local government or I will say government officials who accept to build dumping sites are earning millions of money. And who won’t accept that amount knowing that this is a major problem in Metro Manila and in any other place not only in the Philippines but anywhere in the world is where to dump the garbage. Though building a dump site cost a lot of money, heck the people living here are below poverty and only relies on the trash they can get in order to eat and survive.

After 15 minutes of waiting for the approval to enter the site, we were ready to document everything. All of us are wearing rubber shoes and we got handkerchief wrapped around our face, and all our cameras are ready for shoot. As we exit the service car, the smell of the trash is so so bad. If your stomach is weak, you will vomit. Remember, we are only at the parking and the main dumping site is about 5-10 minutes walk but the smell of the trash almost stuck inside our nose. We walk and stepping on the road of trash and going to the dump site, all we can see are all trash.  Every mountains and hills we are looking are all trash. We are in the trash world! It was sad that the part of the mountains of Sierra Madre was converted into garbage mountain dump which has no longer difference in mining where mountains are barren. But in here, the soil was gone and turned into mountains of plastic, Styrofoam, metal, clothes, dead animals, rotten food, etc.

Go to the side,  go to the side,” a man across the road yelled on us. We saw trucks coming by and written on it was “Biodegradable” and then another truck came by and written on it was “Non-biodegradable.”   Still walking and almost near to the main site, we are on the upper part of the garbage mountain and the main dumping is in the lower part that we can see already the group of waste-picker wearing t-shirt in uniform of  blue color. When the truck stop, the waste-picker are like small ants and running towards the truck as it unload the garbage. Even from afar, we notice the black color in the air like a fog that is so thick surrounding the waste-picker where the truck unloaded the trash. As we reached the dumping site, the smell becomes stronger and the thick black in the air was all fly! Yes, we are surrounded by large flies!!

It was difficult to shoot; you have to find a spot where fly is fewer. You need to use some sort of paper or your hand to clear the view and let flies go away. The bad part on me was a fly went inside my jeans and bite my butt and made me yell.

As I look around, I feel sad to the waste-picker gathering garbage in order to earn pennies. Though I don’t want to take photos of them and some are shy and don’t want to be captured by my lens, and though half of their face is covered, still some don’t want to be photographed yet I need to take photos since it is part of my job. I was surrounded by trash, flies and waste-picker but then there is one scenario so unforgettable that truly melts my heart upon seeing a pregnant woman who doesn’t have any cover on her face while scavenging for food. And there is another old woman in front of her also scavenging for food. While taking photos of them, the pregnant woman pulled out a styrofoam box with rotten food and has maggots in it. She tasted it and to my surprise she eats it. Then the older woman found a plastic full of left-over food but it doesn’t have any maggots. The pregnant woman said, “Don’t eat that, it has chemical sprayed on it so it won’t get maggots. The left-over food with maggots is safe to it.” That moment though I want to vomit upon seeing her eating even the maggots, I felt very sad of her situation. I think of her health and her baby inside her womb. From the polluted air and even to the rotten food, people living around the dump site are eating left-over food straight from the dump site. If you feel pity about yourself, think of these people who are extremely below poverty, uneducated and the only way they know how to earn money is through gathering of trash. As I look at their face, I think of our taxes where it is going that it should fund their kids to go to school for free.

And what else I have witnessed? That in the dump site, the truck that carries the biodegradable and non-biodegrade is mixed up. What is the use of collecting it separately that when it goes to the dump site, they unload the trash in the same location and same spot. Is it just a cover-up to show people that there is a system that in fact the system is useless?

Dump site in Metro Manila are all financially unsustainable, dangerous and causing environmental pollutants. To fill-up my curiosity about the trash in metro Manila, listed below are interesting information from  “The Garbage Book” published in 2004 for DENR.

  1. A total of 78% of surveyed household had no idea where their collected garbage was taken for final disposal.
  2. Approximately only 720 tons of trash per day went to recycle or compost from estimated trash of 6,700 tons generated per day.
  3. As young as 5 years old kids are waste pickers and scavengers that live and survive in the mountains of smoldering waste.
  4. Over 4,300 waste pickers operate at the dump sites working in the dangerous conditions.
  5. Some of 5,000 tons of waste are illegally dumped in river, creeks, private land and in Manila Bay or burned heavily in a polluted area.
  6. Each year in Metro Manila, over Php3.54 Billion ($64 Million) spent on garbage collection disposal.
  7. For every man, woman and child, Php 295 ($5.40) is spent by the local governance for garbage.
  8. Based on leaching sampling, Rodriguez and Payatas generate an estimated 26 kilograms of lead and 76 kilogram of arsenic annually.
  9. Metro manilas’ dump sites are dangerous, exposed and generate potentially toxic liquids called “leachate.”
  10. Nearly 3,700 health care facilities in Metro Manila generate an estimated 47 tons of medical waste per day with 56% of this waste (26 tons) considered potentially infectious.
  11. On the edge of Laguna de Bay, a community of 125,000 urban poor is being built on 2 million cubic meters of decomposing garbage, at great risk to public health.

 

Calculations:

  1. In the next 30 years, Metro Manila will generate over 70 million tons of solid waste that requires a line of waste trucks three times round the earth and at a cost over PhP100billion or $1.9 Billion).
  2. In the next 30 years, Metro Manila will generate over 230 Million cubic meter of solid waste and amount equals to a knee deep layer of waste over the entire metropolis (or over 630sq. kilometers) which would fill the country’s largest shopping mall over 175 times.

 

Pertinent info about the dump site in Metro Manila

Rodriguez, Montalban

  • Opened in 2002
  • 14 hectares
  • 1,200 tons per day
  • Slope instability

 

Payatas, Quezon City

  • Opened 1973
  • 22 hectares
  • 2,200 tons daily
  • Slope instability

 

Lingunan, Valenzuela

  • Operating for many years
  • 13 hectares
  • 180 tons daily
  • Flood-prone area

 

Pulang-lupa Las Pinas

  • Opened 2002
  • 3 hectares
  • 200 tons daily

 

LupangArenda, Taytay

  • Dumping commenced in 1995
  • 40-80 hectares, expansion plans to 170 hectares
  • Resettlement housing for 25,000 households directly on waste
  • Illicit dump site located on the north shore of Laguna de Bay
  • Waste used as fill to raise surface above the lake flood elevation
  • Acute public health and environmental threats

 

Dona Petra, Marikina

  • Opened in 1994, closure is planned
  • 2 hectares
  • 160 tons daily

 

Catmon, Malabaon

  • Opened 1986
  • 5 hectares
  • 210 daily
  • Flood-prone area

 

What can we do as individual?

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Upon witnessing where our trash ended, it truly opened my eyes that as an individual, our action on how we live carries the responsibilitytowards the environment—and this responsibility is about what we eat, what we consume every day that has huge impact on the goodness of the planet. Where to dump our trash is a global problem and if we truly act responsibly, we can lessen the problem by:

  1. Saying huge NO to junk food like bags of potato chips. If there is no demand, there is no supply. People know that junk food is not good for human health but then it becomes a habit to consume it and not a necessity.  What we eat always starts in the family. If you feed your kids and teach them to become aware of what to eat and as they grow, they choose natural and healthy food and dump the processed.
  2. Choose a diet without meat and become a vegetarian which is the major solution to environmental problems we are facing. Raising animals requires too many resources and in order to produce processed products require more resources of water and energy. To become a vegetarian is not only good for your health but it has huge impact of making this planet cleaner, greener and more peaceful to live with without animal cruelty.
  3. Dump straw and never demand for it. People can drink straight from the glass of drinking bottle. Plastic straw are trash and unnecessary. It is only a luxury that pollutes the planet.
  4. Use recycle clothes and never demand too much of new clothes which requires resources and generates tons of trash in making new ones. People who wear recycle clothes are truly helping the planet to lessen the trash disposal.
  5. Support all-natural products which are locally made. Natural products are good for human health and truly a reward for the environment that doesn’t use too much chemical that harms human health and the environment.
  6. Population control. If we really want to lessen the trash we generate each day, we should control human population growth. Individual consumption of resources ended up in a mountain of trash. Population control is the primary solution for ecological problem including solid waste disposal.
  7. Live with simplicity.  Consume local foods of fruits and vegetables. Choose products that are non-toxic. Use health and beauty products that are natural which is better for your wellness and for the wellness of the planet.
  8. Recycle trash and support Material Recycling Facilities in your area. Do waste segregation right at your own home and make it a habit to lessen the trash you dump especially left-over food.
  9. And others..As a citizen of the earth, you know to yourself what is good for the environment. Act on it starting at your own home and teach it  to your family and kids.

 

To live in full responsibility means not only thinking of our own self but having considerations on how we can contribute for the wellness of the planet. Consuming more products means more use of resources. If we become aware of how we live and by reducing each individual’s demands on unnecessary things, we can reduce the global problem on waste disposal.

Embrace simplicity of living without demanding too much of highly chemical products like perfume, junk foods, and soft drinks and keep asking yourself every time you buy a product, “Do I really need this? Will this end up only as trash in my body and trash to the environment?”

At the end of our shoot, the heat is so high and we are all thirsty. Our videographer offered me some pineapple juice in a plastic with straw. He said, “Margie, you want?”Out of thirst I did grab it and almost to drink but when I saw three large flies inside the plastic, I gave it to him and said “Yuck, no!.”  I asked, “Where did you find this?” And replied, “There is a small stall on the upper left where you can buy some snacks and juice and with free–free tons of flies!.”

 

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“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”-Richard Rogers

 

“We in the industrialized world make a greater difference because our ecological footprint, our impact on the condition of the environment, is 40 to 50 times larger than that of people in the developing world.” –Maurice Strong

 

Credits:

Information about Metro Manila trash from “The Garbage Book, 2004”

Photo: Philstar.com fromGoogle images

Quote: Brainy Quote

 

Air Pollution

Posted and illustrated  by: Margie Babon

 air pollution

 Air pollution is the release into Earth’s atmosphere of substances that can cause harm or discomfort to living things. Pollutants are most often gases, but they can also take the form of fine solid particles (as in smoke) or tiny liquid droplets. Some air pollution results from natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, but more important factor is human activity, including coal-burning power stations, vehicle exhausts and agricultural burning.

The seven air pollutants highlighted here are among the most important. Other includes ammonia, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and some toxic metals. A particularly noxious form of air pollution, photochemical smog, tends to develop in places that have both a dry, sunny climate and a huge number of automobiles for example, Mexico City and Los Angeles.

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Ozone

Ozone is an uncommon form of oxygen that has three atoms in each molecule. Ozone in the stratosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing excess solar radiation. Near the ground, it can harm the lungs. In the lower atmosphere, ozone contributes to global warming.

 

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

A colorless gas, carbon dioxide is considered a pollutant because it is a “greenhouse gas” and the main contributor to global warming. The main sources of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere include natural events such as volcanoes and human activity—notably the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and coal.

 

Particulates

Particulates are fine particles floating in the air. Some occur naturally, originating from forest fires, volcanic eruptions, or dust storms. Other result from burning fossil fuels in power plants or are produced in car exhausts. A high level or particulate increases the risk of lung disease. Some of the most pollutant cities have concentrations up to six times higher than healthy levels.

 

Carbon Monoxide

A colorless, colorless gas, carbon monoxide is produced by wood fires and is also present in cigarette smoke. The gas is toxic because it reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen around the body. Most carbon monoxide in city air comes from car fumes. In some cities that gas is present ata level of 150 parts per million (good air quality requires a level below 10ppm).

 

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)

This acrid gas produced by power stations is present in vehicle exhausts and plays a part in ozone formation of acid rain. Good air quality specifies a concentration below 30 parts per billion. Higher levels can damage the lungs.

 

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

A colorless, pungent gas produced by many industrial processes, sulfur dioxide irritates the lungs. In the air, it combines with tiny water droplets to form into dilute sulfuric acid, a major component of “acid rain,” which is harmful to plants and aquatic animals. In some cities, levels reach over 200 parts per billion, whereas for good air quality, alevel below 50 ppb is required.

 

Lead

Once a major pollutant in car exhaust, fumes, emissions of lead from this source have dropped by 98 percent since leaded gasoline was phased out. Itis still emitted by some metal processing and battery processing plants. If breathed in, lead can damage many parts of the body and slows mental development in children. A concentration below 0.2 parts per billion is desirable.

 

 

Important Facts:

  • The main sources of human-caused air pollution are power stations, vehicle emissions, and agricultural burning.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that about two million premature deaths are caused by air pollution in cities across the world.
  • Polluted air is particularly damaging to those who have lung and heart disease.
  • The removal of lead from gasoline in the 1990s has been a notable success in the fight against air pollution.

 

 

Source: Wikipedia, Bite-size science

 

Teaching Environmental Awareness to Kids, Part 2–Earth Day 2015

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

“Every creature is better alive than dead—men, moose, and pine trees—and he who understands it aright will rather preserve it live rather than destroying it.” –Henry David Thoreau

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 4.       Outdoor

  • Let kids help you to water the plants or garden after the sunset. This will keep the sun from evaporating the water before the soil had a chance to soak it in.
  • Let your kids appreciate nature by planting trees, fruits and vegetables Kids will like this activity that their hands will get dirty instead of playing games on the internet for a whole afternoon. Involve them in outdoor activities like weeding or re-potting of plants in your garden. Explain to them the benefits of having plants in your backyard. Teach them that having herbs and fruit bearing trees and edible plants like tomatoes, lettuce, onion, etc. is a great choice that can save you time and money. Teach them to grow plants on their own.

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  • Take your kids and the whole family to make a trip in wilderness. Go out for a camping in the mountain, snorkeling, swimming in the ocean, or cave adventure. Children do not forget the lesson taught by a direct experience esp. outdoor. Teach them the importance of trees, mountain, ocean, caves, that wildlife of animals and plants are dependent on nature.

 

 

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5.       Transportation System

Automobiles are a primary source of air pollution that is often referred as “ground-level ozone problem.” Cars emit may toxic substances including large amounts of carbon monoxide which interfere with the blood’s ability to absorb oxygen. This crisis of air pollution won’t go away unless we make strong commitment to driving less or make use of fuel friendly transportation system. We can make a difference if

  • Bike together with your kids. Riding a bicycle is the cleanest and most efficient means of transportation. A lot of people nowadays are using bike going to office not only for errand.
  • Bicycle carts are also available that can accommodate children and a couple of grocery bags as well. Encourage bicycle safety skills to your kids at an early age and enjoy time together.
  • Walk with your kids to go for an errand if the distance of the store is near to your house.

Do not waste fuel if you need a quick errand and the grocery is just near to your house. Instead take time together with your kids, walking is a good exercise and your bonding together is priceless.

  • If you cannot walk or bike to office or to work, have a car pool or try public transportation that you can join other passengers to save fuel and money.
  • Consolidate errands into one trip and explain to your children why batching of task is so important that it can save a lot of time, fuel and money.
  • Drive with environmental consciousness. Keeping your car in good condition reduces the amount of fuel consumed and the amount of toxic emissions released into the atmosphere. When you kids see how responsible you are in maintaining car, you will be a model to them.

 

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 6.       Shopping

  • Bring your kids when go out for shopping. Bring your own canvas bag to lessen trash that you will bring home.
  • Encourage your kids to buy products that are not tested to animals. Explain to them animal cruelty even to products of personal hygiene like shampoo, soap, etc.
  • When buying processed food, let your kids read the label and help them to have wiser choices when it comes to food with a package.
  • As a mother, as a woman, we know that women has a lot of needs than men when it comes to hygiene. Some women are highly maintenance, they cannot go out of the house without full make-up, nail polish, accessories, perfume, hand lotion, etc.  But some women can survive without these things, how?—they choose to live with simplicity. They know that cosmetics are made from chemical they do not understand. They consider nail polish as trash. As a mother, how do you want to raise your daughter? Choose to live eco-consciously and pass it to your kids which they will live as earth-friendly citizens of the planet.
  • Support community based or local products. Imported items consume more resources of fuel before it becomes handy to you. By buying local products, you are supporting the community as well.
  • Do you really need new clothes? Support DIY recycle-clothes project or surplus store. If you will attend special occasion, try renting a gown or suit. You can survive by wearing used clothes. A lot of resources are being used to produce new clothes. Let you kids practice borrowing clothes with other siblings or give to the youngest some old clothes from other siblings that is still wearable.
  • Teach your kids to have a specific budget they must follow when shopping or buying for an errand. Train yourself and pass it to your kids, before buying, keep asking yourself, “Do I really need this?” and after, where this product will go? Will this only add up to the huge mountain of trash?  One of the major problems in every city in the world is the dumping of garbage, where to dig it and pile it. As consumer aware of this problem, before buying products, keep in mind that you don’t want to bring trash when you get home. Instead of buying processed chips, teach your kids to make homemade potato chips made of pure potato than those fries or chips made of chemical that you don’t know the effects in your body.

 

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 7.       Volunteer

  • Together with your kids, volunteer for activities that promotes cleanliness of the environment. Go out and be involved and your kids will benefit in this activity. You are teaching them to care for the planet that she/he is not alone of living in harmony with nature. There are other people who are also like your family who are living eco-consciously.
  • There are lots of environmental organization that needs your help not only for donations but your time as well. Try to volunteer on a weekend basis or every Sat. and help them to educate people about the situation of the environment that everyone should be responsible with.

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  • Bring your kids to a welfare center for abandon dogs and let you and your kids bring food for them. This is a great experience that will help your kids understand the situation of other dwellers of the planet like abandon street dogs and cats that need food, love and care.

 

 

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 8.       Eco-Tourism

Tourism is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. The increasing population means increasing travelers, more resources to be involved. The major problem in tourism is that the pristine beach and clean waterfalls will be deteriorated until the environment will no longer be sustainable. Let us face the reality that in 2050, 75% of the world will be highly urbanized and if we do things that will help to sustain the planet and start it now, we are putting a foundation that can sustain the environment.

When traveling to tourist spots of beach, river, mountains, and waterfalls in country like Philippines or Asia Pacific, practice responsible travel ethic and be the first model for your kids.

 

  • Do not disturb wildlife habitats. There are beach right along the forest like in Palawan. There are restricted zones to protect wildlife.
  • If there are monkeys around the beach do not give them food or even tame and touch them like the famous underground river in Palawan, monkeys are domesticated that are exposed to travelers. Do not bother them just to take photos because they fell stressed.
  • Practice proper waste disposal. When camping, bring your trash when you get down from the mountains. Some trekkers are irresponsible, they leave plastic of junk foods and soft drinks elsewhere.
  • Do not pick flowers or get native plants from the forest. Let nature stay where they are.
  • Support conservation effort in the local community where they can tour you in the area with endangered species. There are enormous program everywhere and you and your family can be involved by educating a community even schools on not to kill these animals and preserve their habitat.
  • Never buy souvenirs out of endangered animals or wildlife animal products like accessories made of tortoise eggshell, ivory from elephant, even stuffed cotton tarsiers, parrots from the wild, etc. because you will teach your kids wildlife trafficking, wildlife belongs to the wild, the have the rights to live in their own natural habitat.
  • Pick-up trashes that you pass by while walking in the beach, mountain or river. There are irresponsible travelers and tourist who never care, they just throw everywhere  candy wrapper, biscuit wrapper, junk food chips and tin can of beer or soft drinks even bottle of mineral water.  When your kids see you or other children see you doing kindness for the nature, you are teaching them silently and planting a seed to their heart that helping the environment is everyone’s responsibility.

 

With the threat of extreme global warming, there is still hope if we will take responsible action now. The way we live, our lifestyle– what we eat, what we wear, how we spend our lives on earth is affecting the planet.

Simplicity of living and environmental education is the key to conserve and preserve the remaining forest, pristine beach and any other wildlife habitat and the remaining environment we have now.

Start educating yourself on how we can live in harmony with nature, practice it, live by it and pass it on to your kids, the only way to raise more responsible citizen of the earth.

 

 

“A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. The fate of humanity is in his hands. So it might be well to pay him some attention.”-Abraham Lincoln

 

Source: 

Wikipedia

The Earth is Mine by Mary Metzger and Cinthya Whittaker

Google images

 

Teaching Environmental Awareness to Kids, Part 1–Earth Day 2015

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

“Every creature is better alive than dead—men, moose, and pine trees—and he who understands it aright will rather preserve it live rather than destroying it.” –Henry David Thoreau

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Kids are the next generation that will  experience the abundance of nature and adventure with mother Earth. As adults, children are the greatest hope in conserving nature  by passing on to them the proper ways on how we can make this world a better place to live with.

And as adults, we are responsible to get motivated, and educated when it comes to educating kids about the value of conservation. In order to develop understanding, compassion, and an ethical relationship with our planet, kids needs hands-on, multi-sensory experiences that start from home. Like passing a native vocabulary to them, caring for the planet is so vital because when you look at the faces of your children or any other kids, the need to do something for the environment becomes stronger and pressing. As parents and adult, our involvement and their participation is badly needed.

What we do in our home is what we do outside, what we do in the environment. Humans are not the only dweller of the earth, wildlife of plants and animals even domesticated animals like cats and dogs, cow, chicken and pig are contributing to the survival of the planet.

Here are some ways we can do on what we can teach children to help conserve the remaining environment.

 

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 1.       Home

  • Ventilate your home with larger windows and surround it with plants to lessen heat and promote area that is a safe haven for kids. Explain to your kids the role of plants in an urban area.
  • Do not burn trashes especially Styrofoam and plastic. Your kids will inhale those toxic chemical and will create bigger problem.
  • Encourage your kids to practice 3R’s- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Teach them to consume what they only need and not buying in excess that can end up in a junk. Practice waste segregation at home and let you kids bring them in school or some establishment that buy recyclable materials like newspaper, paper, boxes, plastic container and bottle. Most schools in Manila like Pasig City, students have their own passbook to record how many recyclable materials they bring in school and they are getting paid quarterly. A good way to promote caring for the planet by teaching them at early age at the same time they earn money from it.
  • Teach kids how to read your gas or electric meter at home. It will be interesting for them and for you to see how much energy is used on any given day.
  • Energy consumption when it comes to washing clothes and ironing clothes. Do it only once a week to save water and electricity.
  • Train kids to save energy consumption by unplugging equipment and devices when not in use.
  • Use natural cleanser instead of toxic household chemicals that can be harmful esp. to kids that they will inhale toxic fumes.

Let your kids participate in cleaning so that they appreciate that importance of natural products.

  1. Abrasive powder to wash away stain, use lemon. In the Philippines we have this calamansi, small round citrus that can clean away stains in clothes. This is also good in cleaning rust.
  2. For carpet, use light dusting of corn starch, settle for an hour then vacuum.
  3. To clean clog on drain, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Weekly clean the drains using baking soda and vinegar so that you won’t need “highly toxic decloggers” and will help avoiding odors from building up.
  4. For furniture polish, use one part of lemon and two parts of vegetable oil.
  5. For oven cleaners, use baking soda and water.
  6. For silver polish, dissolve baking soda in boiling water. For other metals (copper, brass, pewter, etc), use vinegar and salt.
  7. Toilet bowl cleaners, use baking soda and a mild soap
  • Be a model of your kids when it comes to saving water.   Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, while shaving, or washing the dishes.
  • Take shorter shower. Some people spend 30 minutes in the shower and they don’t care how much water is wasted. 10-12 minutes shower or bath is good, less use of water and more time for you to do other things.
  • Have your children be on the lookout for leaky faucets. Even tiny leak can waster over 3,000 gallons per year.
  • Install aerator faucet and shower head and explain to your kids the benefit of it
  • Put up rainwater catcher in every downspout in your house. Collected rainwater can use to water the plants or clean the garage.
  • Recycle water. Water from washing clothes and dishes can still use to clean the garage, car or for toilet flush.
  • Encourage to your kids the motto “Less is Better” especially when it comes to food. Buy only what you need, excess food usually end up in a trash bin. Do not waste food, encourage your kids that the left-over food for the evening can still be eaten for the next day.
  • When giving gifts, teach kids to wrap it in a recycle paper or use paper bag from grocery or shopping paper bag. Explain that gift wrapper is only a trash because what important is the gift and not the wrapper.
  • If you will celebrate birthday of your kids, encourage them not to have balloons which is made of toxic chemical.

 

 

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2.       Food, Health and Wellness

The food we eat and how we live to get bright and healthy is affecting the environment.

Responsible eating habits always start at home. As parents and adults, be the model of your own kids when it comes to conscious choices of food that you eat.

  • Every time you go to the market or grocery, always bring your kids at the fruits and vegetable section. Encourage your kids to identify fruits and vegetable according to colors. Teach them the benefit of eating rainbow colors of fruits and vegetables and what it will do to their body. Like when eating a banana, they will avoid muscle cramps because of the potassium it contains. Orange color like carrots and oranges are good for the eye sight, etc.
  • Bring kids when you go to the grocery and show them why processed junk foods are bad for the body. Let them read the ingredients that even you do not know what kind of chemical or preservative it contains. Then go to the fruit section, apples and oranges don’t have any label because it is natural. Promote natural food to your kids.
  • Eat less meat esp. from fast food. Train yourself to rely on veggies and fruits that are free from killing, cruelty-free. Look out for vegan and vegetarian out there, they are still alive until now. Humans can survive eating only veggies and fruits without animal killing.
  • Avoid eating at fast food which is the main cause of a lot of human illnesses. If you want to care for the planet, remember this fact that in every 44 ounce of burgers you consume, 55 square foot of tropical rainforest is being destroyed due to conversion of the mountain forest into cattle grazing. Imagine If millions of burgers are being consumed worldwide, how many hectares of tropical forest are becoming barren, and how many wild animals like wolf are being killed each year in order to support the consumer hungry for beef.

 

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If you cannot avoid eating beef, go to a local community that rise well-fed grass and not from commercial one that cows are injected of a lot of drugs.

  • Teach your kids how to cook, to prepare natural food from raw materials and bringhome food to school. Teach them how to make jam that only require 3 ingredients: water, fruits and sugar. Make bread; make peanut butter from peanuts, sugar and vegetable oil. Involve them in preparing foods and they will realize that they can eat without too much processed food from the grocery store. Let them create their own fruit juice, iced tea and fruit shake. Ask them they can invite cousins and some friends to your house or for a family picnic and show them that home food is the best food they could have because it is natural and made out of love and care.
  • Exercise together. Go out early morning and run together and have some fresh air and enjoy the morning with sun, birds, blue sky, mountain that are so inspiring to look at.
  • Visit a farm near to your place. It will be a great experience with children to see how fruits and vegetables grow organically.

Outdoor activities like running, biking and swimming together is a great way to teach kids that they can enjoy life with nature and not only by playing with computer.

 

 

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 3.       Hobby

  • Train yourself with recreational activities that you can teach with your kids at home that practical in a sense that you will recycle and reduce waste like:
  1. Water the plants together or assign  a task to water the plants for them to appreciate nature.
  2. Create bag out of tetra packs
  3. Make a shopping bag made of old clothes. Sew together and be creative.
  4. Create a door mat out of old t-shirts. Weave together with your kids.
  5. Try woodworking with your son, teach them how to recycle old chair or convert broken ceramic vases into a garden tiles or balcony flooring.
  6. Make garden pots or planter out of old pails, old casserole, or water container or soft drinks plastic bottle.
  • Play with your kids, spending indoor and outdoor activities that will help them to appreciate more of the nature. Read them books about rainforest, oceans, etc. or watch a documentary film together about coral planting, and other environmental conservation activities.

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There are a lot of ideas on how you can recycle at home and create something new out of old stuff. Spending time with your kids especially on productive activities will be in their memories until they get old and they will pass it on to future generations.

 
“A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. The fate of humanity is in his hands. So it might be well to pay him some attention.”-Abraham Lincoln

 

Read part 2: Teaching Environmental Awareness to Kids, Part 2

 

Source: 

Wikipedia

The Earth is Mine by Mary Metzger and Cinthya Whittaker

Google images

 

 

 

“Earth & Me,” Earth Day 2014 Project Summary

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

 Earth Day 2014-Call for Entries

 

Hyperkreeytiv truly believes that sharing creativity, skills and experiences builds awareness  and education that let people get inspired and to act for greater good serving humanity and protecting the planet.

Sharing to everyone the milestone of the project, “Earth & Me, My Own Sustainable Ways to a Healthy & Beautiful Planet”-  International Call for Submission Earth Day 2014.

 

To View all Entries:

To Care for the Planet is to Care for My Future- Grade 5 Participants, Earth and Me

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/to-care-for-the-planet-is-to-care-for-my-future-grade-5-participants-earth-and-me/

 

Earth & Me, What Humanity is Hoping For, part 1

Link:  http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/what-humanity-is-hoping-for-part-1/

 

Earth & Me, What Humanity is Hoping For, part 2

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/earth-me-what-humanity-is-hoping-for-part-2/

 

Is China the Most Polluted Country in the World?

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/is-china-the-most-polluted-country-in-the-world/

 

The Reality, Why We Should Care for the Planet, part 1

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/the-reality-why-we-should-care-for-the-planet-part-1/

 

The Reality, Why We Should Care for the Planet, part 2

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/the-reality-why-we-should-care-for-the-planet-part-2/

 

Photos of the participants:

“Gratitude To Participating Artist/Cartoonist Worldwide”- Earth Day 2014

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/gratitude-to-artist-cartoonist-participants-worldwide-earth-day-2014/

 

 

Article:

Our Planet Called Earth

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/our-planet-called-earth/

 

 

Teaser poster:

The Sun, the Earth, Love and Friends

Featuring work from artist-cartoonist Jovan Prokopljevic, Serbia

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/the-sunthe-earthlovefriends-earth-day-2014/

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Featuring work from artist-cartoonist Borislav Stankovic Stabor of Serbia

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/corporate-social-responsibility-earth-day-2014/

 

Protecting the Environment Globally

Featuring work from artist-cartoonist Konrad Kondee Wieczorkowski of Poland

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/protecting-the-environment-globally/

 

Why We Should Care for the Planet?- Environmental Issues

Featuring work from artist-cartoonist Mark Lynch of Australia

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/environmental-issues-earth-day-2014/

 

Gratitude to All the Participants

Poster showing the names of different countries which join the Earth Day 2014 call for submission.

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/gratitude-to-all-the-participants-earth-day-2014/

 

“Earth & Me”- Grade 5 Participants from Kalawaan Elementary School

Showing photo of kids with artwork

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/earth-me-grade-5-participants-from-kalawaan-elementary-school/

 

Earth Day 2014 Coming Soon

Featuring work from artist-cartoonist Luc Descheemaker of Belgium

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/earth-day-2014-coming-soon/

 

What is in Your Basket?- Earth Day 2014 International Call for Submission

Being conscious of what you buy and how many trash you bring home

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/what-is-in-your-basket-earth-day-2014-international-call-for-submission/

 

Earth & Me International Call for Submission Approaching Deadline

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/earth-and-me-international-call-for-submission-approaching-deadline/

 

No to Drinking Straw, International Call for Submission, Earth & Me

A campaign to drink straight from drinking glass.

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/no-to-drinking-straw-international-call-for-submission-earth-me/

 

Earth Day 2014 International Call for Submission

Featuring photo of Mark Dimzon and the first ever coral conservation in the Philippines

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/earth-day-2014-international-call-for-submission-2/

 

Earth Day 2014 International Call for Submission

The First ever poster for Earth & Me International Call for Submission showing mechanics on  how to submit

Link: http://www.hyperkreeytiv.com/earth-day-2014-call-for-submission/

 

 

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

- George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

 

 

About the author

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

“To Care for the Planet is to Care for My Future”—Grade 5 Participants, Earth and Me

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Kids from Kalawaan Elementary School

They are 11-year old kids, grade five students section 1  from Kalawaan Elementary School, Division of Pasig, Philippines who are willing to share their thoughts and feelings about the environment.

Written at the back of their entry are very touching messages,  some hope for a cleaner earth, some are expressing sadness and anger and one believes that a beautiful planet will give peace of mind. Learn from these young minds expressing wisdom and giving us advice on how important it is to give concern for the earth.

Each entry has narrative paragraph attached at the back of illustration board.  Transcriptions are provided.

Thank you to teacher Mariciel Juson who encourages her students to join Earth Day call for submission.

 

 

Mariel Khey Caneda 

Mariel Caneda-drawing

Mariel Caneda-write up

 

Theme: Earth and Me

“My Sustainable Ways to a Healthy and Beautiful Planet”

Earth is the home not only for humans but also for the living and non-living things that make us people alive. It is necessary for us to help in the restoration if our home would not be a better place to live in or stay in this world would not be fruitful one, as time goes by, as people face modernization, many changes occur just like having technology that somehow has an effect on our environment first of all. The main purpose of modernization is to help people to have an easy life. But as time goes by, modernization had a sign effect on the environment it pollutes the environment in a slow but serious manner. The problem of the environment are getting serious and serious if we continue to disregard the care for the environment; maybe time will come that even the grass will no longer grow. It’s just the sense of responsibility that counts. Even a small manner can help in the rehabilitation of our home starts from the sense of responsibility, all can change just by having the sense of responsibility.

 

 

John Lyster Micutuan

John Lyster Micutuan-drawing

John Lyster Micutuan-write up

“Save the World! To Save Your Home!”

My Sustainable Ways to a Healthy and Beautiful Planet

I draw this picture for our planet. Taking care of our planet is the best way for a beautiful and healthy planet. Always throw garbage to the right trash can. Bottles, papers, cans should be throw in NON-BIODEGRADABLE. Banana peels, chicken bones, spoiled rice should be put in BIODEGRADABLE. People should replace cut down trees to brand new ones to prevent flood. Don’t cut trees in mountains there will be landslides when it rains. Don’t throw garbage in rivers cause living creatures live in rivers if you throw garbage in rivers all living creatures will die because of dirty waters.

Always save the world!!! To save your home!!!


 

Francine Rose Chan

Francine Rose Chan-drawing

Francine Rose Chan-write-upHi, my name is Francine Rose Chan. I’m in grade V in Kalawaan Elementary School. I join this poster making to give some advise to people to take care of our planet. Because if we didn’t take care of our planet we will die and our planet will be a dead planet. But there are many ways to take care of our planet like joining the clean up drive and putting signs like “DON’T THROW GARBAGE ANYWHERE.” Always think what are you doing if it is good or bad. Just imagine if our planet is dirty. If you don’t want a dirty planet let us take care of our planet.  Help the planet to be a healthy and beautiful planet. Do you want to participate with us?

Let us take care of our planet!!!

 

 

Jan Rae Castanos

John Rae Castanos-drawing

John Rae Castanos-write-up

“Clean and Green”

Our surrounding should always clean. As a living we have to maintain our surroundings clean not only our surrounding but everything. If we maintain our surroundings clean it will benefit us it helps to prevent diseases.

As a student or a role model of this country we must avoid throwing garbage everywhere we should throw it properly. Cleaning and planting helps our country to prevent floods and typhoon that destroys our nation.

We have to save our mother earth, we are so lucky because our planet is the only planet that humans, plants, animals can live. So that we have to start planting trees and cleaning.

 

 

Gerald Marquez

Gerald Marquez-drawing

Gerald Marquez-write-up

“My Sustainable Ways to a Healthy and Beautiful Planet”

I draw this figure because I want to see the whole world “what I draw” and I want to show to the people to take care of our environment and our health. I choose this theme “ What will you choose” because it has a connect to my drawing.

The right drawing figure shows what will happen to our earth when we are careless. The left drawing figure shows what will happen to our earth when we are careful and sustainable.

Messages: Be responsible, be careful and be sustainable

-Plant trees

-Do not throw garbage in any places

-And concern for our planet earth

 

 

 Jennivie Alentajan

Jennivie Alentajan-drawing

Jennivie Alentajan-write-up

 

“My Own Sustainable Ways to a Healthy and Beautiful Planet”

I’ve draw that because I want all the children know how to segregate trash they should know what are Biodegradable and Non-biodegradable. Biodegradable are those fruit peelings and vegetable peelings. Non-biodegradable are plastic bottles and empty cans. Biodegradable are can be fertilizer for plants. And non-biodegradable are can be recycled. Also I’ve draw that because I want to give some advice to people if they not stop throwing garbage anywhere imagine what will happen in the future.

 

 

Cyrus Chude Catacutan

Cyrus Chude Catacutan-drawing

Cyrus Chude Catacutan-write-up

Save our green and blue planet

“My Own Sustainable Ways to a Healthy and Beautiful Planet”

As you know the Earth is going to be weak and weaken because of the global warming, greenhouse effect and the depletion of the ozone layer. People too are polluting Earth, they pollute rivers, they throw garbage everywhere and now it’s still continuing. We are the ones that want a beautiful and healthy Earth. There are many ways to bring back the beautiful earth like the example of my poster, people are working and cleaning it is happy then it goes  to the earth, it is happy because of its cleanliness. A clean Earth gives surrounding and tourist spots cleaner, the more beautiful. We are the hope to bring back the green and blue planet! And at the end the healthy Earth comes out.

 

 

Jasmin Uy

Jasmin Uy-drawing

Jasmin Uy-write-up

 

I draw this because it describe our environment and it describe a clean environment. We need to clean our environment to save our mother earth. We need many people to clean our environment also us. We need to take care our environment so that it is nice to see and we will save our mother earth.

 

 

Adelane Mae Diaz

Adelane Mae Diaz-drawing

Adelane Mae Diaz-write-up

“Love Our Water Treasures”

 As you can see form my drawing, it’s a girl fishing wisely. She is using the good ways, she doesn’t doing her father’s job. Her father is a fisher but a bad fisher. He always throw dynamite on their river when he is fishing. Now he is dead because of his own dynamite. Now you learn that you don’t need to break our environment just to catch fish.

 

 

 

 Nicole Kein Cruz

Nicole Kein Cruz-drawing

Nicole Kein Cruz-write-up

“Move Your World”

Move your world is my title of my drawing. It indicates the three big trunks, green leaves represent my life I can stand strong and have peace of mind.

Clean surroundings represent  clean life, healthy body, healthy mind, clean leaves is next to godness.

River represent purity, flow of life

Everyday of our living flowers

And garden represents beautiful life

If we care on it

We can make our world wonderful;

Remember that God created all these thing.

 

 

 Aizel Anne Llabore

Aizel Anne Llabore-drawing

 Aizel Anne Llabore-write-upI use the theme “Save, Protect Our Mother Earth” because I want to help our Earth because some places in the world is very dirty. I want “save” our mother earth so that we have a clean and green places here. And I want to “protect”  also the earth from bad people who cutting down trees, smoking and many more. Please volunteer to some club or campaign to make clean our place. Help some people to clean our environment. Don’t cut trees and don’t throw garbage anywhere even in if in ocean, land, water and also in air. I hope some of us will do what some people says that don’t throw trash anywhere, don’t cut trees and many more. I hope that we will have our “clean and green” environment. Plant some trees for new generation, the will see many trees. I hope that we will understand our environment, they want to be, “save, protect our mother earth.”

 

 

Ethan Russel Cadalino 

Ethan Russel Cadelino-drawing

Ethan Russel Cadelino-write-up“My Own Sustainable Ways to a Healthy and Beautiful Planet”

 

As we all know global warming is a big concern worldwide…and while our experts are still looking for an answer here comes another thing that we cannot ignore as heavy floods hit around the world.

In the Philippines main reason causing floods is the uncontrolled cutting of trees, illegal logging! And worse thing is that some people with high ranking profile in the society baked this unlawful activity!

It seems that we can no longer find the answer we are looking for, as the solution is damaged by us, our mother Earth.

I challenge everyone to every human race let’s give love to our mother nature. Let’s give back to our planet the goodness she has given to us! We owe her.

Love Our Planet, Plant a Tree…!

 

 

“Nature is the art of God.”-Thomas Browne, Religio Medici 1635

 

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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” - Native American Proverb

 

 

About 

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

 

“Earth & Me”- What Humanity is Hoping For, part 2

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

As human, we dream of a good life and to attain that, we must have a good environment. We do hope that these entries around the globe will remind us that along our journey towards success, the planet earth is the only planet where we can manifest our goals and dreams. We should include our mother earth as one of beneficiaries of our dream to have a happy and healthy living.  As what the 11-year old kid said named Mariel who is a grade five student, she has wrote  in her poster entry, “Even a small manner can help in the rehabilitation of our home that starts from the sense of responsibility,  all can change just by having the sense of responsibility.”

 

 

Recep Ozcan, Turkey

Recep Ozcan_entry 1_Turkey

Recep Ozcan_entry 1_Turkey

 

Recep Ozcan_entry 2_Turkey

Recep Ozcan_entry 2_Turkey

 

 

Tawan Chuntra, Thailand

Tawan Chuntra_entry1_Thailand

Tawan Chuntra_entry1_Thailand

 

Tawan Chuntra_entry2_Thailand

Tawan Chuntra_entry2_Thailand

 

Tawan Chuntra_entry3_Thailand

Tawan Chuntra_entry3_Thailand

 

Tawan Chuntra_entry4_Thailand

Tawan Chuntra_entry4_Thailand

 

Tawan Chuntra_entry5_Thailand

Tawan Chuntra_entry5_Thailand

 

 

Cheng Shi Bi, China

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi_entry 1_China

 

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi_entry 2_China

 

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi_entry 3_China

 

 

Bing Ling, China

Bing Ling_entry 1_China

Bing Ling_entry 1_China

 

Bing Ling_entry 2_China

Bing Ling_entry 2_China

 

Bing Ling_entry 3_China

Bing Ling_entry 3_China

 

 

 Erico Junqueira Ayres, Brazil

Erico Junqueira_entry 1_Brazil

Erico Junqueira Ayres_entry 1_Brazil

 

Erico Junqueira_entry 2_Brazil

Erico Junqueira Ayres_entry 2_Brazil

 

Erico Junqueira_entry 3_Brazil

Erico Junqueira Ayres_entry 3_Brazil

 

 

Oguz Gurel, Turkey

Oguz Gurel_entry_Turkey

Oguz Gurel_entry_Turkey

 

 

Wesam Khalil,  Egypt

Gift of a tree - Wesam Khalil- Egypt

Wesam Khalil_entry- Egypt

 

 

Michael Mayevsky,Ukraine

Michael Mayevsky_entry 1 Ukraine

 

Michael Mayevsky_entry 2_ Ukraine

Michael Mayevsky_entry 2_ Ukraine

 

 

Vladimir Khakhanov, Russia

Vladimir Khakhanov_entry_Russia

Vladimir Khakhanov_entry_Russia

 

 

Ba Bilig, China

Ba Bilig_entry 1_China

Ba Bilig_entry 1_China

 

Ba Bilig_entry 2_China

Ba Bilig_entry 2_China

 

Ba Bilig_entry 3_China

Ba Bilig_entry 3_China

 

 

Irene Lorbes, Philippines

Irene Lorbes_entry 1_Philippines

Irene Lorbes_entry 1_Philippines

 

Irene_Phils

Irene Lorbes_entry 2_Philippines

 

 

Raul Zuleta, Colombia

Raul Zuleta_entry 1_Colombia

Raul Zuleta_entry 1_Colombia

 

Raul Zuleta_entry 2_Colombia

Raul Zuleta_entry 2_Colombia

 

 

Agus Eko Santoso, Indonesia

Agus Eko Santoso_entry 1_Indonesia

Agus Eko Santoso_entry 1_Indonesia

 

Agus Eko Santoso_entry 2_Indonesia

Agus Eko Santoso_entry 2_Indonesia

 

 

Makhmud Eshonkulov, Uzbekistan

Makhmud Eshonkulov_entry 1_Uzbekistan

Makhmud Eshonkulov_entry 1_Uzbekistan

 

Makhmud Eshonkulov_entry 2_Uzbekistan

Makhmud Eshonkulov_entry 2_Uzbekistan

 

 

Stephen Mumberson,  Kingdom

Stephen Mumberson_entry 1_ United Kingdom

Stephen Mumberson_entry 1_ United Kingdom

 

Stephen Mumberson_entry 2_ United Kingdom

Stephen Mumberson_entry 2_ United Kingdom

 

 

Yaser Delfan, Iran

Delfan_1

Yaser Delfan_entry_Iran

 

 

Reza Mokhtarjozani, Iran

Reza Mokhtarjozani_entry_Iran

Reza Mokhtarjozani_entry_Iran

 

 

Shaik Kamal, India

Shaik Kamal_entry 1_India

Shaik Kamal_entry 1_India

 

Shaik Kamal_entry 2_India

Shaik Kamal_entry 2_India

 

 

Rock Lane Alves, Brazil

Rock Lane Alves_entry_Brazil

Rock Lane Alves_entry_Brazil

 

 

Li Buyi, China

Li Buyi_entry 1_China

Li Buyi_entry 1_China

 

Li Buyi_entry 2_China

Li Buyi_entry 2_China

 

 

Snezana Comor, Serbia

Snezana Comor_entry_Serbia

Snezana Comor_entry_Serbia

 

 

Zhao Yunsheng, China

Zhao Yunsheng_entry_China

Zhao Yunsheng_entry_China

 

 

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” –John Muir


 “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”— Rachel Carson, catalyst for the modern environmental movement and author of Silent Spring

 

 “Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option…they will become a necessity.” – Fujio Cho

 

 

 

Participating Artist-Cartoonist

Ozcan Recep Ozcan, Turkey

Chuntra Tawan_pic Tawan Chuntra, Thailand

Cheng Shi Bi_pic Cheng Shibi, China

Bing Ling pic Bing Ling, China

Erico Ayres_Brazil Erico Junqueira Ayres, Brazil

Oguz Gurel pic  Oguz Gurel, Turkey

  Wesam Khalil, Egypt

Michael_Mayevsky__MISHA_(Ukraine)_photo    Michael Mayevsky, Ukraine

Vladimir photo_Russia Vladimir Khakhanov, Russia

Ba Bilig   Ba Bilig, China

Zuleta   Raul Zuleta, Colombia

Agus Agus Eko Santoso, Indonesia

Makhmud-pic_Uzbekistan Makhmud Eshonkulov, Uzbekistan

s.mumberson  Stephen Mumberson, United Kingdom

Yaser Delfan pic  Yaser Delfan, Iran

Reza-pic_Iran Reza Mokhtarjozani, Iran

 Shaik Kamal, India

 Rock Lane pic_Brazil  Rock Lane Alves, Brazil

Li Buyi_Beijing Li Buyi, China

Senzana_pic   Snezana Comor, Serbia

Zhao   Zhao Yunsheng, China

 

 

“He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of them, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” – Brooke Medicine Eagle

 

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.”- Aldo Leopold

 

See Part 1: “What Humanity is Hoping For, Part 1″

 

 

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Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

“Earth & Me”- What Humanity is Hoping For, part 1

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

As individual, we can make small ways to make our planet healthy and beautiful like planting of trees, recycling our home trash, buying locally especially food as this reduce carbon foot print and it benefits local economy helping local farmer, not demanding too much processed food and material things as these consume too much natural resources, by becoming a vegetarian or eating more veggies than meat, as this lessen manufacturing process reducing use of energy, and water, less killing of animals, less global warming, less of everything and a lot more.

But the main and bigger solution to help lessen global warming lies to the entrepreneur and businessmen who provides human needs for consumption. If every company has concern for the environment, producing product that are earth-friendly, imagine how ecosystem will be balanced and not being compromised by so much technology.

Here are the entries that suggest hope for the planet.

 

 

Luc Descheemaeker, Belgium

Luc Descheemaeker_entry_Belgium

Luc Descheemaeker_entry_Belgium

 

 

Konrad Kondee Wieckzorkowski, Poland

Konrad Kondee Wieckzorkowski_entry 1_Poland

Konrad Kondee Wieckzorkowski_entry 1_Poland

 

Konrad Kondee Wieckzorkowski_entry 2_Poland

Konrad Kondee Wieckzorkowski_entry 2_Poland

 

 

Borislav Stankovic Stabor, Serbia

Borislav Stankovic Stabor_entry_Serbia

Borislav Stankovic Stabor_entry_Serbia

 

 

Jovan Prokopljevic, Serbia

Jovan Prokopljevic_entry 1_Serbia

Jovan Prokopljevic_entry 1_Serbia

 

Jovan Prokopljevic_entry 2_Serbia

Jovan Prokopljevic_entry 2_Serbia

 

 

Roberto Castillo Rodriguez, Cuba

adan y eva_Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Castillo Rodriguez_entry 1_Cuba

 

adan y ella1_Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Castillo Rodriguez_entry 2_Cuba

 

 

 Sergey Sokolov, Russia

Sergey Sokolov_entry 1_Russia

Sergey Sokolov_entry 1_Russia

 

Sergey Sokolov_entry 2_Russia

Sergey Sokolov_entry 2_Russia

 

 

 Mark Lynch, Australia

Mark Lynch_entry_Australia

Mark Lynch_entry_Australia

 

 

 Zhang Weizhen, China

Zhang Weizhen_entry_China

Zhang Weizhen_entry_China

 

 

Phu Nguyen, Vietnam

Phu Nguyen_entry 2_Vietnam

Phu Nguyen_entry 1_Vietnam

 

Phu Nguyen_entry 1_Vietnam

Phu Nguyen_entry 1_Vietnam

 

 

 Valentin Georgiv, _Bulgaria

Valentin_Bulgaria

Valentin Georgiv_entry_Bulgaria

 

 

Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine

Vladimir Kazanevsky _entry 1_Ukraine

Vladimir Kazanevsky _entry 1_Ukraine

 

Vladimir Kazanevsky _entry 2_Ukraine

Vladimir Kazanevsky _entry 2_Ukraine

 

 

 Jerzy Stepniak, Poland

Jerzy Stepniak_entry_Poland

Jerzy Stepniak_entry 1_Poland

 

Jerzy Stepniak_entry 2_Poland

Jerzy Stepniak_entry 2_Poland

 

Jerzy Stepniak_entry 3_Poland

Jerzy Stepniak_entry 3_Poland

 

 

 

 Ester Lauringson, Estonia

Ester Lauringson_entry 1_Estonia

Ester Lauringson_entry 1_Estonia

 

Ester Lauringson_entry 2_Estonia

Ester Lauringson_entry 2_Estonia

 

Ester Lauringson_entry 3_Estonia

Ester Lauringson_entry 3_Estonia

 

 

 

Henryk Cebula, Poland

Henryk Cebula_entry 1_Poland

Henryk Cebula_entry 1_Poland

 

Henryk Cebula_entry 2_Poland

Henryk Cebula_entry 2_Poland

 

 

 

Waldez Duarte, Brazil

Waldez Duarte_entry 1_Brazil

Waldez Duarte_entry 1_Brazil

 

Waldez Duarte_entry 2_Brazil

Waldez Duarte_entry 2_Brazil

 

 

Wang Yinxiang, China

Wang Yinxiang_entry_China

Wang Yinxiang_entry_China

 

 

Malatesh Garadimani, India

Malatesh Garadimani_entry 1_India

Malatesh Garadimani_entry 1_India

 

Malatesh Garadimani_entry 2_India

Malatesh Garadimani_entry 2_India

 

 

 Valera Momot, Ukraine

Valery Momot_entry 1_Ukraine

Valera Momot_entry 1_Ukraine

 

Valery Momot_entry 3_Ukraine

Valera Momot_entry 3_Ukraine

 

Valery Momot_entry 2_Ukraine

Valera Momot_entry 2_Ukraine

 

 

Andrea Pecchia, Italy

Andrea Pecchia_entry_Italy

Andrea Pecchia_entry_Italy

 

 

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” – John Muir

 

“If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.” – Joseph Wood Krutch

 

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.”Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

 Participating Artist-Cartoonist

Luc pic_Belgium Luc Descheemaeker, Belgium

Kondee's face Konrad Kondee Wieckzorkowski, Poland

STABOR Borislav   Borislav Stankovic Stabor, Serbia

Roberto Rodriguez_pic  Roberto Castillo Rodriguez, Cuba

Sergey_pic  Sergey Sokolov, Russia

Mark Lynch_Australia    Mark Lynch, Australia

Phu Nguyen_vietnam    Phu Nguyen, Vietnam

valentin_pic    Valentin Georgiv, Bulgaria

Vladimir K  Vladimir Kazanevsky, Ukraine

Jerzy_photo   Jerzy Stepniak, Poland

Ester Lauringson photo    Ester Lauringson, Estonia

Henryk Cebula   Henryk Cebula, Poland

waldez foto    Waldez Duarte, Brazil

Malatesh Garadimani-photo  Malatesh Garadimani, India

Valery Momot   Valera Momot, Ukraine

Andrea Pecchia_Italy  Andrea Pecchia, Italy

 

 

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.- Kahlil Gibran

 

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.- Frank Lloyd Wright

 

See Part 2: “What Humanity is Hoping For, part 2″

 

 

About 

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

Is China the Most Polluted Country in the World?

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Most products around the globe are from China. Seems nothing is impossible with them whether original or imitation, everything  is made from China. As the world’s central manufacturer where factories are located, is China the most polluted country in the world?

As the deputy minister of China’s State Environmental Protection Agency, Pan Yue, said in a famously candid interview with Der Spiegel (March 7, 2005).

Many factors are coming together here: Our raw materials are scarce, we don’t have enough land, and our population is continuously growing. Currently there are 1.3 billion people living in China, that’s twice as many as 50 years ago. In 2020, there will be 1.5 billion people in China. Cities are growing but desert areas are expanding at the same time; habitable and usable land has been halved over the past 50 years….The environment can no longer keep pace. Acid rain is falling on one third of the Chinese territory; half of the water in our seven largest rivers is completely useless, while one fourth of our citizens do not have access to clean drinking water. One third of the urban population is breathing polluted air, and less than 20 percent of the trash in the cities is treated and processed in an environmentally sustainable manner. Finally, five of the ten most polluted cities in the worldwide are in China…Because air and water are polluted, we are losing between 8 and 15 percent of our gross domestic product. And that doesn’t include the costs for health. Then there’s human suffering: in Beijing alone, 70 to 80 percent of all deadly cancer cases are related to the environment. Lung cancer has emerged as the No. 1 cause of death.

 

Source: Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman, p.348

 

A visual artist draw and paints what the eyes can see and by the emotions of the  surrounding which influence them.

Below are the entries from China, a reflection of devastated environment according to the heart and mind of an artist.

 

 

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi entry-Earth Day 2014

Cheng Shi Bi entry 1, China

 

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi entry 2, China

 

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi entry 3, China

 

Cheng Shi Bi

Cheng Shi Bi entry 4 , China

 

 

Dai Lei

Dai Lei_entry

Dai Lei_entry

 

 

Gai Guibao

Gai Guibao_entry_China

Gai Guibao_entry

 

 

Jing Shan Li

Jing Shan Li_entry

Jing Shan Li_entry

 

 

Liang Junqi

Liang Junqi_entry

Liang Junqi_entry

 

 

Lvzhihua

Lvzhihua_entry

Lvzhihua_entry

 

 

 Shen Hong Li

Shen Hong Li_China

 

 

Yinxiang

Yinxiang_entry

Yinxiang_entry

 

 

Hao Yanpeng

haoyanpeng-cartoon

Hao Yanpeng_entry

 

 

“Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.”
– Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963

 

“When the soil disappears, the soul disappears.” – Ymber Delecto

 

For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.  - Tom McMillan

 

 

 

Participating Artist-Cartoonist

Cheng Shi Bi_pic    Cheng Shi Bi

Dai Lei_pic profile     Dai Lei

Gai Guibao_China   Gai Guibao

Jing Shan Li_pic    Jing Shan Li

Liang Junqi_China     Liang Junqi

Lvzhihua_pic    Lvzhihua

Shen Hong Li_China   Shen Hong Li

haoyanpeng-Photos  Hao Yanpeng

 

 

A Healthy Ecology is the Basis for a Healthy Economy” – Claudine Schneider

 

“The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest.  It is one thing that all of us share.  It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.”— Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (1963–69)

 

 

About 

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

 

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