For My Filipino Brothers and Sisters
Todays population is about 6.7 Billion (http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/worldpopinfo.html, http://www.ibiblio.org/lunarbin/worldpop). As of July 1, 2007 the Philippines has a total population of 88.7 Million individuals which accounts for 1.33% of the world's total. We rank number twelve as the most populous country. For a country which has a 300,000 square kilometer land space the Philippines is considered as one of the most densely populated in the world.
Now, on this link (A billion trees), it was mentioned that a single tree could sustain four individuals with oxygen for one year. Doing the simple math we need about 22.2 million trees to plant. How many trees will that be per square kilometer? Do the math please.
Leyte Island, a Visayan Province which was the site of the first Catholic Mass in the Philippines, as well as the McArthur Liberation Landing is also known for two massive landslide which started from nearby mountains, one in November 1991 at Ormoc City which killed about 6000 people and another at Guinsaugon in February 2006 which killed 300 individuals mostly school children. This two events were blamed from the absence of trees.
I don't want to elaborate further, you could either do a little research after reading this or just scrap it off from your memory. My point is this - Trees gives oxygen and trees prevents landslides.
It is not just for your environment but for yourself and for your love ones also.
A week ago one of my colleague at Clark Development Corporation made an email thread regarding Energy Efficiency, which reads;
"Energy Efficiency (EE). CDC should also create or form an ad-hoc committee on how to reduce electric and water consumptions and other form of "pagtitipid" (thrift?). There are many simple ways on how to do it and all of us should be aware and committed. Other departments/offices were already implementing EE. This will be our contribution toward conservation of global environment."
Here's my two mameras (one centavo coins times two):
1. Remove all the urinals which needs water and replace them with the kind SM Shoemart is using for their malls which don't need water for flushing.
2. While you're at it, why don't you look for leaking faucets, urinals and water closet. Turn them off or if you can't call Engineering or who's in charge of this.
3. Replace those old centralized air-conditioning units with new ones that have thermostats and set them at 25 Celsius (that's mighty compy temperature). Switch this on from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (I think we've done this before)
4. "Kill" the lights between 12noon to 1P.M. (We've been actually doing this). There's too much lighting in CDC, two flourescent in one fixture, can't we remove one?
5. Send all your draft memo's and communications through email to the signatory instead of printing them, let your boss, supervisor or signatory edit and proofread them on ther computer first.
6. Print internal documents and memos on both side of the paper, or recycle one with only one face "inked". Try a font size that is small and yet readable, while you're at it.
7. Print in black.
8. Sell the papers and other recycle-ables.
9. LCD consumes less power than CRT. Switch to it. Here's a link to determine TCO of LCD versus CRT http://search.techrepublic.com.com/search/LCD+and+power+consumption.html
10. Put your computer and monitor on sleep or hibernate or standby mode whenever your not using it. Set this to 10 minutes. Access this by clicking Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Power Options. Choose your appropriate setting for laptop or desktop.
11. Have your computer innards vacuumed sometimes.
12. Charge your cellphones and other gadgetries at home. Hey is that a microwave?
Do you now see the corporate savings? I take it that we might save about a hundred thousand per year here. So what do we do with all that savings?
See those mountains on the West?