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Deign Frolley Soriano
Baguio , Philippines
The diverse ecosystems and opulent natural resources that we have serve as the sources of our basic needs and for countries like the Philippines, the loss of natural resources is also the loss of its people especially the underprivileged sectors like the youth. This has inspired me to work and be an advocate of conservation, restoration, and environmental protection because I realized that I have a greater responsibility to protect and conserve our natural resources and to battle climate change for our flora and fauna, our people, and for our planet.
Gilgit , Pakistan
I have been raised with nature and working with my elders on glacier since my childhood to get water for both irrigation and drining, I have seen the savering of mountain communities very severly and have intention to highlight the climate change issues at different forums. https://holdgojal.wordpress.com/
Germany , Europe
Nature & Human Nature ... that's our forgotten love story. Climate Change is about more than just the weather. It's about whether or not we work together to change the Emotional Climate. This is the root of nearly all our global ills. The day we understand that a tree is more than just some "noun" over there and that we're all continental cousins in the most dysfunctional global family ever, is the day we reinvent our relationship to Self and Other. Human is a diverse species amongst millions of other species and the disconnect from our inner nature is a direct reflection of the disconnected relationship our antiquated societal constructs are based upon. It begins with a seed, born within each family system ... raised in a manner which fosters a community system ... which expands to a societal system ... which breeds leaders of nations and corporations who lead by the untenable competitive systems that are themselves byproducts of that tiny original seed - multiplied by everyone. This is the nature of our Human Nature. And unless we address the root of that nature with the kind of TLC every little human seed arrives in this world needing, we'll just redress the same problem on another (inventive) level of the toxic spiral. Climate Change is vital. Changing the Emotional Climate is essential. And every Primate needs a cliMate®for an environMentally friendly world :-): https://youtu.be/RAXy8-6p1jg
I’ve always lived in coastal cities - Mumbai, Los Angeles, Singapore - and that’s why the oceans have been so important to me. And why plastic pollution really frustrates me. It seems like such a giant problem - tonnes and tonnes of plastic that will stay in our oceans and lands forever, choking turtles, being ingested by fish whom we in turn eat, suffocating our lands, leaking microplastics into our food chain - with no easy solution. And I think that’s true to an extent. Living in an urban city, it’s hard to rid your life of single-use plastic. It’s everywhere from takeout boxes and coffee cups, to water bottles and shopping bags, wrappers and straws. I’ve wanted to do something about this for a while - change something about my lifestyle, make a difference in some way. It’s been easy to get a refillable water bottle, buy a reusable coffee cup, and stop using straws.
But I wanted to take a bigger step. So I decided to stop using disposable sanitary napkins and tampons. Instead, I use a menstrual cup. It’s made of silicone, is easy to use, is reusable for years and is even more hygienic and kinder to my body than disposable alternatives. This simple change helps keep a large amount of plastic waste out of landfills and oceans. I hope that more girls take up reusable alternatives and dispel any myths about them being harmful or difficult to use. It’s been over 15 months since I made the switch, and I’m happy to say I’m never going back!
I believe we are all on this planet to make an impact and to create a difference.Often we don't realize how fortunate we are to have water when we open our taps or to not spend our nights in darkness with no electricity. These are things that we sometimes take for granted. Having travelled around the world and being associated with WWF Nepal as the Young Conservative Ambassador in 2010, I realize that we need to own up to our actions and understand that the Earth is our home.
So how can we as individuals take a step to protect what is ours?
Here is my promise - to use wisely any resource that this earth provides. My family and I make sure we recycle and reuse as much as we can. My dad and I are very fond of gardening and we make our own compost from household waste; a means to #connect2earth in the literal sense! As simple as it may sound, I feel this creates our own small ecosystem to support insects and birds with whom we share our space. I also harvest rainwater in our house and use the collected water to water the plants and wash our clothes. By being mindful of less to zero waste, I feel I am able to inculcate the value of sustainable living.
My actions might not speak volumes but they can add up if we are in it together. Just like Earth Hour that harnesses the power of the individual.
I have always been inspired by the power that we have as individuals to make a change, and Earth Hour was just one great reason to channel that power into action.Organizing the largest collective environmental movement in my country helped me realize that the Earth is not only a home to us, humans, but to millions of other species and that we need to restore the balance between the biodiversity for the positive future of our shared home.
My story with Earth Hour starts with my passion for journalism - ever since I started writing about Earth Hour, I was thrilled with the idea of millions of people around the world, uniting for a cause and turning off the lights in one hour to send a visual, symbolic message of their commitment towards the planet. I never thought I could be a part of a global movement, but that is the uniqueness of Earth Hour, it is a movement that spreads across the world, yet, anyone, anywhere, can join, spark awareness and take action!
As editor-in-chief in the editorial desk I have been working on this years, many things have changed since we joined the Earth Hour. We have become a paperless company, meaning that paper is used only if is really needed. We have encouraged people to use public transportation to go to work, especially in those days when Skopje, our capital, has high level of air pollution (did you know that Skopje is one of the most polluted cities in the world?). Also, we have changed all our regular light bulbs with LED lights, making our office even more brighter, but in the same time using less electricity.
Together with the Earth Hour campaign in Macedonia, we were able to give educational institutions and individuals sets of LED light bulbs, we have planted thousands of trees, cleaned public spaces from garbage and spark awareness on climate change and biodiversity!
We connect to Earth everyday, that is why I am dedicating my hour to Earth, the one home we all share, because every action counts!
In 2014 I was brought on to help a large government department here in Australia to think about the future of transportation. For more than a year I was delving into the behaviours and technology that drive our movements and activities along roads and highways. It really changed how I thought about and engaged with transportation - and the environment.
With my research highlighting how quick driverless and electric vehicles were becoming a reality - and not being too in love with my car at the time, which, to be fair, was in not too great a shape - I decided to try a personal experiment. I sold my car and made a commitment to public transport.
It helps that in my home city of Brisbane, Australia, buses run on natural gas.
Since ditching my car, I’ve not really needed it. Living inner city like I do, it’s pretty easy to get around without one. More importantly, this decision started to have rollover effects into other environmental decisions:
I replaced plastic shopping bags with reusable fabric bags and started carrying a nifty glass water bottle that I could top up rather than buying countless plastic bottles.
I am Anuram Chaudhary, and I come from a small village in Bardia in Nepal with my backyard home to the forests, tigers and rhinos of Bardia National Park.
Living in such proximity to nature has helped me understand the value of biodiversity from a very young age. I was in the second grade when I planted my first tree by choosing the best occasion for it – my birthday. To me, there is no better gift, for myself and for the planet, and I have been encouraging my friends and community members to do the same. Imagine the difference that this small act can create for the environment if we pool all our birthdays together!
33 trees later, I have found many more ways to connect to the environment along the way. While I understand that it is quite difficult to completely do away with plastic products, I make sure that I carry my own bag everywhere I go because of which I personally haven’t had to use a single plastic bag. I also use a bicycle to commute as I believe it keeps both me and the environment fit!
I feel we as individuals do not always need to think of big actions to make an impact. Any small but continuous act can spiral into positive change if many are in it together.
As with other youths, it was difficult for me to not fall into the black hole of fast fashion. Affordable and ever-changing designs – who wouldn’t be a fan?
In University, I joined a service-learning group called Atlas. In my second year, we looked into the ever-growing problem in our society – fast fashion. From the vibrant dresses that we strut down the streets into the textile dyed crop tops, we have no idea how much toxic chemical we are indirectly producing with every purchase. From increasing levels of textile waste to water pollution, I can go on and on about the detrimental consequences that fast fashion brings about. Clothes have long become disposables – like our plastic bottles and bags. We wear them once and they are instantly replaced with a new piece we snagged from a sale.
Together with my schoolmates, we worked with local community organizations like ‘Connected Thread Asia’ and ‘Swapaholic’ to promote sustainable fashion through initiatives such as clothes swaps and series of talks in participating schools. As an individual, I think THRICE before I shop. Also, my sisters and I donate our clothes to less-privileged families whenever we can!
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Chaque année, la planète entière fait à l'unisson le compte à rebours jusqu'à l'événement Earth Hour et son action emblématique : l'extinction des lumières.
Mais c'est bien plus que cela. C'est un symbole d'unité. C'est un symbole d'espoir. C'est un symbole de puissance dans l'action collective en faveur de la nature.