I intended to write an article about Earth Day events in Taiwan this year, but alas, I ran out of time. Despite the fact that I couldn’t be the one to impart any words of wisdom about the importance of respecting and cherishing Mother Earth, I can assure you that John and I are environmentally-conscious – me more so than John, but I’m working on him – and I can point you to some informative articles from other writers this month who had the time to write some earth-friendly posts that inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.
Here’s my two cents worth of advice on how you can play your part in tomorrow’s festivities. While you’re at it, make an effort to do these things every day rather than just once a year! I know we are all creatures of habit, but little things like these can make all the difference.
- Walk or ride a bike instead of driving or using public transportation. Take the stairs and avoid elevators and escalators. One day won’t kill you.
- We can all start taking shorter showers. Remember to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and washing the dishes. Make sure you are running full loads of laundry.
- Turn off the lights!
- If you aren’t recycling, get into the habit now. There’s no better time to start than today.
- Don’t buy products that have been overpackaged.
- Support your local farmers by buying local fruits and vegetables. Don’t spend your money on imported goods.
- You can still enjoy some fun in the sun and look after the environment by heading out to some of Taiwan’s beautiful rivers, lakes, beaches and trails. While you’re at it, pick up some trash, or plant a tree, some vegetables, or some flowers.
- Use this day for safely disposing of household hazardous wastes like paint, auto products, batteries, and solvents. P
For noteworthy happenings in Taiwan, check out:
Chang Huang Jen’s blog on Earth Day’s global networking site. Huang Jen is the director-general of the Tainan City Environmental Protection Bureau in Taiwan. The bureau is holding a special exhibition for Earth Day. Students at Southern Taiwan University will be presenting their designs for solar powered cars. They will be joined by Toyota, who will putting their new hybrid vehicles on display. There will also be a special demonstration from a Taiwanese furniture manufacturer.
The Marine National Park Headquarters has invited Taiwan representatives of the International Coastal Cleanup to make a public presentation in Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park. Marine National Park Headquarters has been promoting marine education and activities to strengthen ties with local residents within the area since 2007. Upcoming events include a series of art and outdoor activities to celebrate the park’s 13th anniversary. Visitors can take the MRT to the Metropolitan Park Station(R21), and get on the shuttle bus (Red 58) which goes to the park. Better yet, save on CO2 emissions by walking to the park. It’s a ten minute walk from exit no. 4.
Turn out the lights for Earth Day.
The head of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taipei, Taiwan urges the public to make an effort to observe Earth Day and help reduce carbon emission.
Wearing a necktie of tissue made from recycled plastic bottles, Winston Dang called for people to turn off their lights and elevators for one hour on Earth Day to show Taiwan’s ambition to participate in the international event.
For every person who does so, 0.25 kg of CO2 emissions can be reduced, so that if 1 million people do so, the CO2 emission reduction would reach 250,000 kg, which is the quantity of CO2 absorbed by more than 20,000 trees in one year, according to Dang.
“We hope to make the one-day activity more frequent in the future,” he said.”It is necessary to begin the movement with public institutions,” he went on, adding that the EPA has already begun to save natural resources by turning out its lights for an hour each day, banning the use of paper cups and limiting the use of elevators.
Have a happy Earth Day, everyone!