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101 Ways to a Greener Lifestyle

GREEN ENERGY & AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT

1. Conserve energy. Change your light bulbs. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs   (CFL) instead of incandescent bulbs. CFLs use up 75% less electricity and last up to 13 times longer.  Better yet, shift to light emitting diodes (LEDs) which consume even less electricity.
2. Turn on the lights only when needed.
3. Turn off lights and all electrical appliances when you leave the room.
4. Make sure that you avoid overcharging your mobile phone. Turn it off as soon as it is fully charged.
5. Unplug appliances when not in use. TV sets, radios, video players, air conditioners and computers when on standby still consume power.
6. Buy energy efficient appliances. Check the energy efficiency rating of any appliance that you will buy.
7. Maintain and keep your appliances in good working conditions to maximize their use.
8. Turn off your computer completely at night. And, don’t get addicted to it. If you open your computer for only 4 hours a day (instead of 24 hours), you will reduce its CO2 emissions by 83%.
9. Keep bulbs/lamps clean at all times to maximize the light that they give.
10. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too.
11. Drive carefully.  Avoid rapid acceleration since this can burn as much as 50% more fuel.
12. Ride a bike or walk when going short distances. 
13. Use the mass transport system, as much as possible. Take the train or bus or jeepney. Leave your car at home. This will not only save gas, it will also reduce CO2 emissions by millions of tons.
14. If riding the public transport system is not practical, join a carpool. The idea is to get the most number of passengers for every vehicle on the road.
15. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.
16. Turn your car engine off instead of idling.
17. Drive the speed limit.
18. Combine all your errands to minimize car trips. 
19. Minimize vehicle loads. Transporting excessive weight will increase your
vehicle's fuel consumption.
20. Pay your bills online. This means less car trips and less fuel spent.
21. Report smoke-belching vehicles to LTO at tel. no.09217411111 or to the anti-smoke belching unit in your locality.
22. Buy and use CFC-free sprays and perfumes.
23. Take care of your car. Keep your engine properly maintained and your tires properly inflated. Keep your air filter clean. Good engines, properly inflated tires and clean filters will give you a 17% increase in fuel efficiency.
24. Keep plants in your home/school/office to freshen the air. Plants absorb carbon dioxide (which is a green house gas) and releases oxygen.
25. Do not ride smoke belching tricycles, buses, taxis, jeepneys. This way you deliver the message that you demand clean air.
26. Give up smoking. Or at least, do not smoke in enclosed spaces.
27. Secondary smoke is toxic to your health. Tell smokers to stay away or better yet, encourage them to quit smoking. 
28. Open the windows to allow sunlight and air to enter the rooms.  This will reduce the need for electric fans or air conditioners.

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

29. Do not burn your waste.
30. Undertake an orientation on ecowaste management for everyone in your home, your community, your school, your office or your factory.
31. Segregate the waste at source into biodegradables (left over food, etc), non-biodegradables that can be recycled or reused and the non-biodegradable waste that cannot be sold which become your residual waste. 
32. Compost the biodegradable waste and use the compost as soil conditioner for the plants and garden. Give away or sell excess compost. 
33. Recycle your paper, cartons, bottles, PET plastic, aluminums, metals, etc. and sell them to nearby junk dealers. For communities, schools, offices and factories, set up a Materials recovery Facility to store your recyclable and reusable materials.
34. Coordinate with your local government or with some environmental NGOs for the processing and/or safe disposal of the residual waste.
35. Buy organic products like organic food, soaps and detergent.
36. If you use plastic grocery bags, reuse them for doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.
37. Reduce use of plastic & paper bags by using reusable totes. Most stores give a credit!
38. Keep candy wrappers and other small waste in your pocket or bag. Do not throw them in the streets.
39. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. 
40. If you have a baby, use cloth diapers instead of disposables.
41. Take your used car batteries to a recycling center.  There is an ongoing Balik Baterya Program of Ramcar with Bantay Kalikasan.
42. Bring empty ink cartridges to accredited recyclers during the scheduled waste market in your locality.  Or have them refilled.
43. Distribute company information and post company materials online.
44. Share a magazine subscription with a friend, not only will you share the cost but you will cut down on the amount of trees used.
45. Use reusable containers instead of plastic or paper bags when bringing your lunch to work.
46. Save your old coffee grinds and reuse them as fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants.
47. When you stop for coffee, bring a reusable mug from home. Refills are cheaper and there is no trash to throw away!
48. When going to the market, use a “BAYONG” or similar reusable bags.
49. Think before you print your emails and attachments. We can save trees by only printing necessary documents!
50. Minimize the use of disposable cutleries and plates during parties.
51. Reuse scrap paper. Use clean paper only for external communications.
52. Opt for recycled paper and paper products. Choose one with the highest recycled paper content.
53. Make rags out of old towels and t-shirts.
54. When riding a boat or any water vehicle, do not throw anything into the water even if the material is biodegradable.
55. If there is space within your home, school or office, establish a vegetable garden or a herbal garden.  Use the compost for these gardens.
56. Save the eggshells.  it can help organic farming

WATER – CONSERVATION AND POLLUTION PREVENTION

57. Fix leaky faucets right away and regularly check them.
58. Use a glass while brushing. Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth.
59. Teach everyone to close the faucet while soaping their hands and open it only when washing.
60. Check out your bathroom. Use low-flow faucets, showerheads.
61. If installing new toilets, use dual flush toilets which use less water for flushing urine.
62. Stop using the bathtub.  This wastes a lot of water.
63. Limit the length of your showers. Shut off the water while soaping up and shampooing.
64. Better yet, use pail and dipper (tabo) when bathing.
65. Wash towels and bed sheets after several uses.
66. Collect rainwater, and use it to wash your clothes, flush the toilets, and water your houseplants and garden.
67. Recycle used water from washing clothes. Use this to flush the toilet and to clean the floors.
68. Use a basin when washing dishes instead of letting the water flow continuously.  Better yet, wipe the plates, spoons and forks first before washing them.
69. Just thaw your frozen food inside your refrigerator. Do not use running water to thaw it.
70. Use a basin of water instead of running tap water to clean your fruits and vegetables.
71. Water your plants/garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon to lessen evaporation.
72. Use a pail and wash cloth when cleaning your vehicle. Do not hose it down.
73. Wash clothes in bulk for fewer loads in your washing machine. Set the rinse cycle to “cold.”  And, hang clothes to dry, rather than using an electric dryer.
74. Check your septic tank. Make sure it is sealed. Have your septic tank dislodged regularly (3 to 5 years for a regular household).
75. Connect to a sewerage system, if one is available in your area.

GREENING

76. Plant/landscape with native and indigenous plants.
77. Support Organic Farming! Do not use chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides.
78. Start Urban Farming!  You can have creeping vegetables on your walls and fences, or even up on your roof.
79. Plant a tree at least once a year.
80. Find your local watershed.  Ask the nearest DENR office. Be involved in protecting and/or rehabilitating it.
81. Better yet, adopt a forest. Coordinate with your local DENR office to identify your watershed and offer not just to plant once but to adopt a portion of that watershed. Mobilize your family and friends (students, faculty, administrative staff and the parents for schools; management and employees for offices and factories) to go and plant the area and regularly maintain it.  You can raise the seedlings or buy same from local communities. Seek technical advice from the local DENR.

COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

82. Support efforts to protect and/or rehabilitate mangrove forests in your area.
83. Learn about threats to ocean life and help environmental groups take action.
84. Join the Bantay Dagat in your locality.
85. Support efforts to stop dynamite and cyanide fishing.
86. If living in a coastal area, lobby with your local government to establish marina protected areas.
87. Do not buy dynamited fish and endangered animals like turtles, manta rays, wild birds, etc. Remember when the buying stops, the illegal killing stops too!

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY

88. Attend seminars and symposiums on environmental management and protection.
89. Share with family and friends, especially kids, the need to protect the environment.
90. Be involved in legislation of environmental ordinances or laws.
91. Donate to your favourite environmental cause.

MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

92. Build a greener home by using non-toxic and non-hazardous materials.
93. When painting your house, use lead free and non-hazardous paint. Also ensure proper disposal of the remaining paint.
94. Use organic all natural cleaning products like a mixture of baking soda and vinegar instead of chemical-based products.
95. Support local restaurants that use organically grown food and use food derived less than 100 miles away.
96. Buy locally made products. Products from far away consume a lot of fuel to transport.
97. Use services within your locality.
98. Opt for eco-friendly and holistic health products.
99. When you catch a wild animal like snakes, birds, etc., turn them over to the Protected Areas & Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) or the local DENR.
100. During holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Plant a tree in their name or support groups that do so.
101. Ensure the physical cleanliness of your area.  Set aside regular clean up days either weekly, every two weeks or once a month when you and your neighbors (for communities); students, faculty, administrative staff and parents (for schools); management and employees (for offices and factories). You can rotate this activity among the different streets (for communities), different grade levels or different sections (for schools); different departments (for offices)
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Earth Hour 2010 Registration

22 Feb 2010 - 12:11am
27 Mar 2010 - 12:30am
Earth Hour Press Release


IT'S THE HOUR THE WORLD UNITES AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.

On March 27 at 8:30 pm, the lights will go off for one hour in the Philippines and all over the world. It's called Earth Hour.

Earth Hour 2010 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. Earth Hour 2010 aims to reach one billion people in cities and towns all over the world.

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

Last year, the Philippines was #1 in participation worldwide. Let's be #1 again this year!

To VOTE EARTH by participating in Earth Hour 2010, text the following messages to 5777 (for both Smart and Globe users):

First, register:    GREEN<space>REG<space>firstname<slash>middleinitial<slash>lastname<slash>EARTH.

Example:         green  reg  Juan/C/De la Cruz/earth.

Then, you must turn on your messaging facilities:     GREEN<space>MEMO<space>ON
Example:         green  memo  on

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 Earth Hour 2010! Turn off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 27, and register your participation by cellphone to be counted.

VOTE NOW FOR PLANET EARTH!

You can also register at Earth Hour 2010

 

Join Earth Hour and be counted!


Earth Hour Press Release

It's as simple as a flick of the switch.

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 called Earth Hour.

This lights-out initiative, which began in Sydney in 2007 as a one-city environmental campaign, has evolved into a grassroots action that has attracted worldwide attention. In 2008, 371 cities across 35 countries turned their lights out in a united call for action on climate change and energy conservation. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colosseum, and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness, symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach one billion people in 1,000 cities all over the world. To help reach this goal, a global sign-up campaign and competition is again being launched worldwide. Last year, the Philippines ranked 9th in terms of total sign-ups. All Filipinos are urged to sign up at Earth Hour's global website: http://www.earthhour.org. Earth Hour Philippines 2009 hopes to involve 10 million Filipinos and 500 businesses in key cities across the country.

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.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Green Army Philippines Network, and the SWITCH movement have joined hands with the Department of Energy to spread public awareness of the Earth Hour message to cities and communities all over the country.

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.

"2009 is a destiny year for the entire planet," declared Lory Tan, President and CEO of WWF-Philippines. "This is the year that we decide the future of humanity. Earth Hour is a message of hope and action and we hope it sends a powerful message to both local and world leaders. It is a global movement that proves that each one of us can make a difference. Imagine what we can do if we act together."

Recognizing the vital role of the energy community particularly in terms of sustainable electric power generation, clean transport fuels, and best energy practices across sectors DOE Secretary Angelo T. Reyes expressed full support for Earth Hour. "This grassroots initiative is an opportunity for individuals from all corners of the globe to unite and, in a single voice, highlight the urgent need for dramatic lifestyle changes and best energy practices to save our planet. This is a cause that should unite us as Filipinos and as citizens of the world."

The first step is just turning off a light.

Join us for Earth Hour 2009! Turn off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 28, and sign-up here to be counted.

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

Press Release: Trees for Life (July 18, 2007)

Live beyond your lifetime.
Plant a tree.

Tree Adoption ceremonies will be held at the La Mesa Dam Eco Park on July 18, beginning at 8:30 in the morning. During this time, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Secretary Angelo Reyes of the DENR will accept the commitments of various groups and individuals who have signified their desire to plant and nurture tree seedlings in designated areas throughout the country. ‘Adoption Papers’ for the required number of ‘baby trees’ will be given to these adopting ‘tree parents’ by the President. The ‘baby trees’ will be drawn from the nurseries of the DENR and other cooperating organizations.

Nation Celebrates Earth Day

Almost a hundred classical singers and instrumentalists performed various versions of the Ave Maria Prayer at the Ave Maria Gaia Mystica Concert, a multimedia event held at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, last April 20 to celebrate Earth Day 2007. 

The multimedia concert featured videos of our very own Tubbataha Reefs Reserve, Donsol Whale Sharks, Bohol and Malapascua Dive Sites, the Olango Bird Sanctuary, Balabac Strait Wildlife and the Agusan Marsh, our mountain ranges as the Cordilleras and the Sierra Madre. 

The classical singers performed the opening number of Gounod's Ave Maria, usually intoned by Benedictine Monks, accompanied by Raul Sunico and Mary Ann Espina at two grand pianos. Famous Ave Maria works by Caccini, Tosti, Saint-Saens, Malvare, Schubert, Montecillo, Verdi, and Mascagni were interpreted along with local compositions by Buencamino, Abelardo, Santiago, Francisco, Dadap, De Leon, Bolipata, and Cayabyab. Versions of the Ave Maria were sung in Philippine dialects such as Ilocano, Pangasinense, Kapampangan, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, and Bikolano.
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