Earth Hour 2011 and Other Green Thoughts

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Mark your calendars folks.

Earth hour’s gonna be on March 26, 2011. Please join by switching off  the lights at your place at 8:30PM. Or go all out and turn off and unplug every appliance, except maybe the refrigerator, when possible. Even better if you could refrain from using electricity until the morning (for making breakfast).

Please visit earthhour.org. Do visit the Philippine site’s here for fun things to do while observing earth hour.

Still on the topic of going green,  I have made a post last year about our baranggay implementing measures that will lessen garbage that will end up in land fills.  I was able to relate the first step that they did but was unable to share what happened after they distributed the flyers.

Households were required to segregate their trash into 3 groups: biodegrable (for composting), non-biodegradable but recyclable (paper, plastic, etc.) and non-biodegradable non-recyclable (like diapers and napkins).  The garbage collectors ditched the blue garbage truck. Instead, they would go around areas in the baranggay on designated days on sidecars bearing large drums. To let residents know that they can bring out their trash, since there’s no horn to honk or the usual groan of the truck’s engine, the collectors had a bell which they would constantly ring. The whole set-up’s pretty ambitious. I like it.

Sad to say, this arrangement didn’t work and after a few weeks, the garbage truck was back. And the segregation thing was off.

It’s been a year and a couple of days ago, a memo was circulated. Instead of three, each household’s being asked to segregate their garbage into two piles: biodegradable and nonbiodegradable. When the day for garbage collection came, it was the truck that collected the garbage.

I still think the previous arrangement was better. But maybe this is how it should have started. Baby steps.

Need a reason to go green? Here’s a link to an article about the sixth extinction. It’s not just a title of an X-Files episode.

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