Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Drought in Sabah

The heat is driving us crazy in Sabah! The star has been covering the situation & it's happening all over Malaysia. Rivers and dams are drying up. There has been increase in forest fires and this drought may last till May!
I'm glad that at least the Sabah Forestry Department is doing something about it. Efforts to rehabilitate a forest reserve is being undertakan after years of illegal clearing and degradation. It is said that reforestation can increase cloud cover. That is definitely what we would want in this situation!
I just hope it rains soon. But till then, we have to save water and prepare for a long dry spell.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Greenpulse Universiti Malaysia Sabah

I'm so proud of my university! When I was studying there, I often lamented about the lack of environmental awareness on campus. I just did my part but did not think about increasing the awareness of my fellow university mates. Recycling was not a norm. Lights and air-conditioning was left on when nobody was in the room just because the last person to leave didn't bother to turn them off.

Now we have Greenpulse, a student environmental movement that organises activities to help students and lecturers become greener. They have certainly made an impact and I hope to see more from them!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mandatory composting & recycling

When I read a blog post on Crunchy Chicken about mandatory composting, I was impressed! More cities should follow San Francisco's Mandatory Recycling & Composting Ordinance. I'm sure no amount of awareness programs can make everyone recycle and compost, so this would do the trick.
I'll be visiting San Francisco soon to see the green movement for myself. Of course, I'll be taking a long haul flight. I just hope all my efforts to green my life will cover for the trip. I simply can't afford to pay for carbon credits.
Since most of use don't have the luxury of curbside compostable waste collection, we'll just have to do it ourselves. Even if you don't have a garden, it's still good to keep the waste out of landfills (as well as save energy to transport it there).
It's actually quite easy. The most basic method is to just dig a whole and throw the waste in. Of course there is a list of things that you should not throw into your compost pile. Here are some tips to get you going.
Hope you get some really good compost!