Tune In/Watch: “Green Works, Green Minds: The Next Green Idea”

15 Apr 2009 - 6:30pm
15 Apr 2009 - 7:30pm

The Junior Chamber International –Manila Chapter (JCI-Manila) expects the best next green idea to come out from its Best Business Plan Competition for 2009. The competition, an annual flagship project of JCI-Manila, is for promising and aspiring entrepreneurs who can present “practical, bold, imaginative and cutting-edge plans that seek solutions, involve risk-taking, and re-assess what is feasible.”

With this year’s theme “Green Works, Green Minds,” the JCI-Manila seeks “GREEN” or environment-friendly business plans for the conception of a new enterprise, endeavor or social activity that can create positive change.  At stake are over PHP 400,000 pesos worth of prizes. The winner will also have a chance to participate in the Best Business Plan of the World Competition, which will culminate in the JCI World Congress in Tunis, Tunisia.

For the last 5 years, the Philippines has been the consistent winner in JCI’s Best Business Plan of the World Competition, besting thousands of entries from around the world.

To know more about the Best Business Plan Competition, tune in or watch Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! (KK!) on April 15, 2009, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 PM, at DZRH-AM radio (666 in Metro Manila, other kHz nationwide), TV (Ch. 9 in Metro Manila, other cable TV channels nationwide), & Internet (http://dzrh.tripod.com or http://dzrh.prepys.com).

Guests are top officers of JCI-Manila: Mark Ong, President; Glenn Chan, VP External; Mark Tio, Director for Business; and Johnny Fetalvero, Best Business Plan Chairman.

Dr. Cora Claudio, President, EARTH Institute Asia, will moderate the discussion in conversational Tagalog-English.

Join the contests, campaigns & projects of EARTH/KK! To join all, register as a KK! listener by texting 2299: earth<space>your message.  

KK! co-producers are EARTH Inst. Asia & DZRH, with the support of Unilever, Unilab, Manila Water, Pilipinas Shell, FERN, Inc., Toby's Sports, Delbros Supply Chain Solutions, Yehey.Com, MAP, & Brahma Kumaris, & with the cooperation of GREEN Army, PFST, TOWNS, PBE, AIJC, PEIA, DENR, MabuhayRadio, SanibLakas, & various egroups & environment-caring groups/individuals.  

Private-Public Collaboration (April 2, 2009) by René Azurin

For the past four weeks, I have been an involved witness to an extraordinary example of private sector groups working side-by-side with an agency of government. If there had been a way, during this period, for me to have blocked out news of presidential sons pushing charter change or public bidding committees handing out contracts for more overpriced equipment, I might have even believed that I had somehow been magically transported to another country.

Still, the experience provided a glimpse of how the hardening barriers that divide us citizens from our government can melt away when the officials of a government agency share with civil society groups a sincere dedication to a worthy cause. When public officials actually move to a beat not dictated by distrusted politicos, genuine collaboration between the private sector and the public sector remains possible and the nation as a whole benefits greatly.

To Secretary Angelo Reyes and his team at the Department of Energy is owed much of the spectacular nationwide response to Earth Hour 2009 that saw more than 10 million Filipinos in 647 cities and towns – No.1 worldwide – throughout the country switch off their lights for one hour last Saturday evening in solidarity with the rest of the world in the campaign to avert global warming. Although Earth Hour is a private sector initiative – led globally by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and locally by WWF-Philippines, the Green Army Network Foundation (of which I am a part), and the SWITCH movement – it needs to be conceded that the hugely successful social mobilization for it was due in large measure to the energy of the Energy secretary. Credit must be given where it is due.

Definitely, it would not have been possible for us in the private sector to get the officials of 647 cities and towns to commit to the project in the time available without Secretary Reyes’s personal interventions at various stages of the mobilization process. Moreover, the non-government organizations that chose to follow his lead in the overall effort did so readily because of his passion for environmental causes (demonstrated when he was Environment secretary) and his obvious enthusiasm for the energy-saving project. In addition, it was his detailed organization of the entire massive effort that made the execution of this landmark event unfold as smoothly as it finally did. It certainly was not easy to coordinate the myriad activities of all the private groups that took part – the environmentalist groups, civil society groups, religious groups, youth groups, business groups, professional associations, homeowners’ associations, etc. – with those of public officials all over the country.

In essence, Earth Hour was a global appeal to world leaders – who will meet in Copenhagen this December in a Climate Change Conference to craft the successor to the expiring Kyoto Protocol – to take decisive action on climate change. Secretary Reyes expressed it very well: “This was a symbolic act, a declaration that you can take the future into your hands and change the world. What next? What should come next is action at every scale of human organization.” Those sound to me like the words of a planetary statesman.

     I might be amused, if it weren’t so potentially catastrophic, that some people still try to peddle the notion that man’s spewing some 31 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year – 46% higher than the yearly spewing rate in 1990 – is not going to cause us any harm. That’s pretty much like saying that living in an enclosed space with a car whose motor is running will not damage one’s health. I guess some people tend to overlook the fact that the Earth is an enclosed space. Even if the planet itself possesses regenerative powers that will allow it to recover – in time – from whatever damage a blundering mankind might inflict, there is no similar assurance that our species will survive our own follies.

Fortunately, the efforts of such naysayers did nothing to stem the global outpouring of support for the save-energy initiative. What began in Sydney in 2007 has turned into a truly worldwide phenomenon with an estimated one billion people in 3,943 communities in 88 countries across 24 time zones switching off their lights at precisely 8:30 pm (local time) of March 28th in a united call for action on climate change and energy conservation. The “Vote for Earth” was unmistakable even without automated counting. In the Philippines, approximately 611 million watt-hours of energy were saved.

“Efficiency in energy use in the light of global warming is an issue that cuts across all sectors,” Secretary Reyes stressed in an interview. He pointed out that recent developments, like the recent passage of the Renewable Energy Act, should transform the energy sector and cause an eventual shift to “green” technologies: “This should encourage power companies to now use clean and indigenous sources like the wind, the sun, and the ocean waves to generate our electricity.” Work at the Energy Department is being hurried apace along this road.

I do not think it is too much for us citizens to demand that the people who wield government power in this country think and act for our benefit rather than for theirs. Sadly, though, this is no longer commonly the case at the highest echelons of our government where self-aggrandizement and the preservation of personal power have become the main preoccupations, and dishonesty and incompetence the dominant traits. Sadly also, the example of an honest and hardworking public servant like the often brusque Angelo Reyes is easily lost on the public, hidden in the malignant profusion of smiling, smooth-talking, corrupt mediocrities. Civil society groups who are privy to his secret should spread the word that there are still trustworthy public servants like him in this badly governed country. If there were more, we might see more private sector-public sector collaborations even beyond the scale of Earth Hour 2009. Then, we might entertain a bit more optimism about this country’s future.

 

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We're #1 worldwide!

647 cities and municipalities and over 10 million Filipinos united with the rest of the world in supporting Earth Hour last Mar 28th.

See how the Philippines supported Earth Hour 2009 by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-GZEhMNG3M

Thank you for joining the campaign against global warming!

Earth Hour Press Release: HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR EARTH HOUR 2009?

The lights will go off for one hour on March 28 at 8:30 pm in key cities in the Philippines and all over the world. It's Earth Hour.
It's the hour the world unites against global warming.

Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach one billion people in 1,000 cities all over the world. To reach this goal, a global sign-up campaign and competition has been launched worldwide. Last year, the Philippines ranked 9th in terms of total sign-ups. This year the Philippines aims to be #1. It is hoped that this year as many as ten million Filipinos will sign up at Earth Hour's global website: http://www.earthhour.org.

Earth Hour 2009 is a global call to action to every individual, every business, and every community. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, and to get actively involved in working towards a sustainable future. People across the world will turn off their lights and join together in creating a vital conversation about the future of our precious planet.

Among Earth Hour’s high-profile international advocates are Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actress Cate Blanchett, and corporate tycoon Richard Branson of the Virgin Group.

In the Philippines, this effort is being led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) in cooperation with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Green Army Philippines Network, and the SWITCH movement.

To receive news updates and event schedules, one can register one's cellphone number by sending the following message to 5777 for both Smart and Globe users:   green   <space>   reg   <space>   firstname   <slash>   middleinitial   <slash>   lastname.  Example: green  reg  Juan/C/De la Cruz.

Various organizations—representing civil society, the business community, the religious sector, the youth, national agencies and local governments—have already committed their full support for Earth Hour, the global expression of a desire for serious and sustained action on global warming.
Join us for Earth Hour 2009! Turn off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 28, and sign-up here to be counted.

Countdown in Manila will be held in front of the SM Mall of Asia. The full program from switch-off at 8:30 pm to switch-on at 9:30 pm will be telecast live on Studio 23. Clips will be shown on all other channels.

Earth Hour official sign-up website: www.earthhour.org
EarthHour Philippines operations center hotlines: Tel(632) 840-2134; 812-5974
EarthHour materials download website: www.earthhourphils.multiply.com, www.greeenarmynetwork.net

Earth Facts and Tales: Share and Publish Them

25 Mar 2009 - 6:30pm
25 Mar 2009 - 7:30pm

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book but do not know where and how to start? If so, this episode of Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! is for you.

Do you have some important information and stories on the environment—changes that you have observed, programs and projects that you are involved in, best practices that can be models for others, and similar information that can make others appreciate the environment and protect it? If so, this episode is for you.

Do you want children to read and enjoy books on earth facts and tales so that they may understand and appreciate global warming, pollution, recycling, and other similar topics that will encourage them to help make our planet a better place? If so, this episode is for you—and them.  

Tune in or watch Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! (KK!) on March 25, 2009, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 PM, at DZRH-AM radio (666 in Metro Manila, other kHz nationwide), TV (Ch. 9 in Metro Manila, other cable TV channels nationwide), & Internet (http://dzrh.tripod.com or http://dzrh.prepys.com).

Guests are: TOWNS Awardee Karina Bolasco, Publishing Manager, Anvil,  and Daniel Palma Tayona, Creative Director, Canvas. Dr. Cora Claudio, President, EARTH Institute Asia, will moderate the discussion in conversational Tagalog-English.

Join the contests, campaigns & projects of EARTH/KK! To join all, register as a KK! listener by texting 2299: earth<space>your message.  

KK! co-producers are EARTH Inst. Asia & DZRH, with the support of Unilever, Unilab, Manila Water, Pilipinas Shell, FERN, Inc., Toby's Sports, Delbros Supply Chain Solutions, Yehey.Com, MAP, & Brahma Kumaris, & with the cooperation of GREEN Army, PFST, TOWNS, PBE, AIJC, PEIA, DENR, MabuhayRadio, SanibLakas, & various egroups & environment-caring groups/individuals.  

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2. Join the EARTHnetwork for Sustainable Living —a network of producers, sellers, & consumers of eco-products.  This was successfully launched at the Eco-Products International Fair 2009, which was held on March 19-22, 2009 in the SMX Convention Center. Noted environmentalist Odette Alcantara has this to say on the EARTHnetwork Booth: “This is the best booth in this Fair!”

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3. Attend the free briefing on the EARTHnetwork: a) In Metro Manila: Saturday, March 28, 2008, 1-5 PM, Penthouse, Professional Tower Building, corner EDSA & Boni Ave.  or b) In Baguio: Monday, March 30, 2009, 1-5 PM, Veniz Hotel, No. 1 Abanao St. Pls forward this invitation to others who want to earn more while caring for the environment.

Inquiries: 671-3266, 0917-829-1718,  earthinstitute@gmail.com.

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