Addressing Climate Change – Pt 2

In recent years, man has been lamenting about the overwhelming heat that is affecting the quality of their performance in their daily activities. We have repeatedly been blaming the Sun for mercilessly shining its unbearable and intolerable heat. Research by meteorologist has proved that the 20th century and the 1990’s were the warmest decade in the past 1000 years. Melting polar ice caps, disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme weathers and diminishing colourful and exotic floras and faunas strengthen and washed away all doubts that our Earth is indeed facing climate change. This global climate change is already contributing numerous discernible impacts which are affecting every one of us. Should we point accusing fingers at Mother Nature for causing us to suffer these staggering consequences? Hence, what is causing this drastic climatic change? How should we as individuals tackle this problem?
Man’s insatiable needs have meant that urban development and agriculture has rudely encroached Mother Earth and all its living components. Deforestation, mushrooming industrial factories, open burning and the significant increase of vehicles on the road are pouring greenhouse gases at a life-threatening rate. In addition, burning fossil fuels releases billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide that has been locked away in the Earth for millions of years. Modernisation has caused the concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide to increase by 30%, a doubled in their concentration of methane and a 15% increase of nitrous oxide resulting in deadly global warming. This is the culprit that has open the way to the abrupt, unexpected climate change. So, do we still have to wonder the cause for this deteriorating, frightening problem? Has it finally struck us that our greed, ignorance and selfishness are causing ourselves to suffer?
What should we as individuals to put a halt to this problem before it gets out of hand? We need not follow the footsteps of climatic activists Danish who have staged demonstrations to express their stands on the issue of climatic change. As we know the extreme weather phenomena- droughts, tropical cyclones and snowstorms are mainly caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, the best way to tackle this by cutting down our own emission! Firstly, do not waste! We must switch off tights and other electrical appliances when we do not need them. Switching off 5 lights in hallways and rooms when not in use can reduce 400kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year. In addition, by unplugging electronic gadgets like the television, stereo system, the computer after we have used them, can save on electrical consumption by as much as 10% a year. Turning off the tap while brushing our teeth can save several litres of water while a dripping tape can waste enough water to fill a bath in one month. Therefore, by not squandering and eliminating this nasty habit of wasting, only can we ease Mother Nature’s pain but also save money on our water and electricity bills!
Apart from that, recycling is also the key to reduce consumption of greenhouse gases. It does not cause us a lot of trouble to collect recyclable products such as newspaper, magazines, aluminium cans, glass bottles and plastic wares. At the end of the week, we can easily send them to recycling centres situated within a stone’s throw away from our residence for our convenience. If not we can always keep in touch with the authorities or recycling organisations. This healthy action not only helps ourselves, but also the forests, crop yields and water supplies, the animals in the ecosystem that are endangered and all severely affected by climatic change. Hence, the next time we are throwing away any recyclable items, think twice and next time we are throwing away any recyclable items, think twice and keep in mind the 5R concept, ‘Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair’ and practice the old adage of ‘Waste Not, Want Not.’
Petrol-guzzling and pollutant –emitting machines are known to be the major source of global warming. Therefore, instead of driving individual vehicles, we should car-pool or use alternative ways, for instance public transport. Furthermore, we should walk or ride a bike if our destination is within a kilometre or two away. Besides that, do not speed. Driving faster than 120 kilometres per hour increases fuel consumption by 30% compared to 80km per hour. Moreover, speeding on the road can jeopardize our safety and well-being. In short, although it does not completely eliminate the problem, by lowering fuel consumption, we are reducing our carbon footprint, thus making global warming more manageable.
As smart and responsible consumers, we should make an effort to but environmental-friendly goods. This means we should abstain from non-biodegradable or disposable products. Instead, we should buy products that can be reuse, biodegradable and energy-efficient. We ought to opt for energy-saving light bulbs or better still switch to green electricity! Fitting solar panels on the roof of your home might be quite costly in the beginning but beneficial i the long run. Solar energy is ecologically acceptable and environmental friendly as it does not pollute the environment. Besides, it is always available and does not charge us based on the amount we used not forgetting it does not lead to any side effects like noise or air pollution. Without doubt, the more solar powers we used men less we’ll have to rely on fossil fuels, and this mean lesser contribution to global warming!
Homosapiens-us have conquered the world because of our gifted, supreme intelligence. We have upset the ecosystem; caused Mother Nature thousands of grieves and made sure that nature will never be the same again. Climate change which has been agreed to be a serious threat for mankind is only the tip of the iceberg if we continue our lackadaisal attitude and turn a deaf ear and blind eye to this overwhelming, frightening situation. Nature’s patient has been tried to the limits and now man must be humble before nature and treat it with care for nature is sensitive, manipulative, powerful and unexpected. Therefore, let’s cooperate with one another and ‘pull our socks’ to end this horrible massacre, our own self-destruction before we succumb to its negative repercussions. Together, we can make a difference!
Natty Phoon

Addressing Climate Change

How do we as individuals make a difference?
Worldwide rainforests are disappearing at a rate of one and a half football fields per second. Deforestation due to urbanisation has caused climate change, a change in the statistical distribution of weather over periods of time. The Fourth Assessment Reportof Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that the Earth average surface temperature has risen by 0.76°C since 1850. There are many ways that can be taken to prevent climate change.
First and foremost, we should support campaigns and activities launched by the NGO to realise that our daily activities contribute indirectly to the climate change which leads to the shrinking of 300 glaciers worldwide, according to a study published in the October 2006 issue of Geophysical Research Letters. Media mass should also provides more information about how to prevent climate change through advertisements on encourage the public. By having a better understanding about factors that contribute to climate change, the public will avoid actions which lead to this problem.
Besides, we should involve actively in the recyclingand reusing program which is encouraged by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. Millions of trees are chopped down to produce papers. Thus by practising recycling, we can save the trees which arethe natural habitats of endangered species. Recycling also cuts down energy usage such as aluminium (95%), plastics (70%), paper (40%) and glass (30%). Therefore, the 3R project is not only economical, but it also prevents climate change.
Furthermore, in order to prevent climate change, we should comply with the acts enacted by the government. Illegal logging has been banned in the National Forest Policy 1978 and National Forestry Act 1984. However, many of the people nowadays refuse to give in to the laws set because they want to reap huge profits due to their selfish behaviours.Therefore, we should set good examples to the younger ones by avoiding open burning. As the future generation have the right to reside in the surroundings that is pollution-free, we should protect the environment from climate change.
Apart from that, we should drive less but walk, bike, and carpool or take mass transit as it can help to reduce gas consumption and one pound of carbon dioxide. Researches also show that replacing a regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent one saves 150 pounds of carbon dioxide every year. We should play an active role in the tree planting campaign by planting more trees as trees help to moderate the temperature by absorbing carbon dioxide. By making a frivolous act in life, we can ensure environmental protection and prevent climate change.
“Charity begins at home”, therefore as individuals, we can take small steps in our daily life to achieve that end. If we do not act now, the ecological systems will breakdown creating diseases we cannot resist and the necessity of gas masks whenever one goes outside. Since the nature is the man’s intimate friend, we should make sure that the environment is wholesome and frees from pollutions, as the creator intended.

Yeo Xin Ying

The Big Day!

It was a meaningful day on the 31 May 2010. Guess what  it was? Our school, SMK Seafield, as one of the schools selected for the BP myScience Project officially launch the programme on 31 May 2010 ( Monday ) grandly. This programme was launched by YDP PIBG Dato’ Abdul Rahman Bin HJ. Ali in our hall, Dewan Sri Kenangan at 1:30 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. sharp, all the students gathered in the hall. When everyone was present, the National Anthem and the Selangor State Song were sang as a sign of respect to our country. Then, the student’s pledge was read.

 

Next, one of our school teachers, Puan Poh Bee Lee gave a short introduction to the BP myScience Programme. BP myScience Programme was then officially launched by YDP PIBG Dato’ Abdul Rahman Bin HJ. Ali. Next the BP representative, En Zulkifli Othman gave his speech on. 

Then, it was excitement as the school’s mascot for the Programmed made his appearance on the stage and gave out sweets to the cheering crowd of students.

The winners of the essay competition and karangan competiton on environmental issues were then announced. The winners for the karangan competition were Malisa Shereen from 4 Budi, Malisa Chan Bee Ling and Joshua Leow from 4 Damai respectively. For the english essay Competition, the winners were Jagan Narayanan from 4 Amanah, Olivia Phoon from 4 Cekap and Yeo Xin Ying from 4 Budi.

To liven up the occasion, there wes a sketch performance and rap performance. The audience had lots of fun and enjoyed themselves. Everyone was very happy and satisfied.

Our principle, Puan Teh Seok Im then presented a souvenir to En Zulkifli, the BP Representative for gracing the occasion. At last, the ceremony was finally over and everyone sang  the School Song wholeheartedly.

Sesuatu yang mencabar

   Perasaan saya apabila diminta menulis karangan tentang ‘Menangani Perubahan Iklim’ ialah tidak begitu gembira.  Seperti pelajar lain, tentulah tidak begitu gembira apabila diminta menulis karangan memandangkan peperiksaan yang semakin hampir.  Walaupun begitu, saya hendak menulis karangan yang terbaik meskipun tiada sebarang minat kerana mahu menunjuk kebolehan yang sedia ada dan juga tidak mahu memalukan ibu bapa.  Saya juga mungkin mahu menunjuk kepada guru serta rakan-rakan sekelas bahawa saya ialah pelajar yang terbaik dan cemerlang.

                                                                Wan Nur Qaisara ( Tingkatan 2k)

Oh no! Not another essay!

   When I first saw the essay title on the blackboard, I felt my head getting heavier and a wave of frustration passed through me! I was extremely frustrated as I already had so little time to prepare for my exams which was a week away. However, I made a mental note to myself that I’ll finish the essay as fast as I could so that I could concentrate on my studies. During my free time, I sacrificed watching tv and went online to find certain statistics and obtain a rough idea on how to approach the essay. Finally I finished my essay and realised it was pretty beneficial after all. I realised there were so many ways to control our climate change that I haven’t thought of before!

                                                      (Someeta – 4 Budi)

   Climate change? Essay? Our mid year exam is just around the corner and it’s making me go haywire. My first thoughts were- nobody in the right frame of mind will even bother to complete it. Truth be told, this is an ultimately dry and cliche topic, as if writing an essay on it would make any difference. However, after doing a little research on the net, my initial thoughts on climate change had changed 180 degrees. Sometimes even small things can make big changes. Being aware of the causes of climate change and how it affects us in the long run made me realize the drastic measures that need to be taken to prevent further climate change.

                                                   – Toh Shi-Tuan

Better start writing the essay, the teacher is hovering over me..

do you think I'll win?

No need to be so serious... it is only another essay..

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