2016 Earth Day: Trees for The Earth世界地球日 – Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai

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The weather has been sweltering in Malaysia recently, up to 40 degrees Celsius. On the news, everyday we see droughts happening throughout southeast Asia, or people suffering from heat stroke in large numbers.

This is not the first time we encounter drastic weather changes. Before Chinese New Year, it even snowed in Taiwan! A tropical country experiencing snow is solid evidence that the earth has changed.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) released the “WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015” on 21 March. In it, we learned that the global average temperature last year was much warmer than previous records; a whopping 0.76 degrees Celcius more than the average between 1961-1990.

Stepping into 2016, the earth shows no sign of cooling down. January and February made record highs in global monthly temperature.

Therefore, the World Meterological Day in March used the theme “Hotter, Drier ,Wetter, Face the Future”. It vividly shows how rapidly our climate is changing, and deterioration is happening at a rate like never before.

Even though the WMO stated that the recent climate change is mainly caused by El-Nino, they warned that global warming will not cease in future even if El-Nino does.

Human causes are definitely the main factor in climate change. One of the major causes is deforestation, especially tropical forests. The destruction of these forests worsens the climate everyday.

Every year, our neighbour Indonesia also engages in large scale slashing and burning of forests. This not only causes great suffering for citizens in Singapore and Malaysia, it also hastens the process of deforestation.

Among the disappearing forests, tropical forests are being destroyed at the fastest rate. The Amazon, Thailand and Indonesia has the world’s largest rainforests. The Amazon rainforest, dubbed the “lungs of the earth”, produces 40% of the entire world’s oxygen supply. Now it faces the threat of gradual extinction, due to overly aggressive logging.

The benefits provided by forests are greater than what you can imagine. Large swathes of forests help to regulate the earth’s temperature, their roots help retain water in the soil, and prevent soil erosion. Rotten woods form the habitat of many organisms, and eventually provides nutrients for the soil.

Due to the worry of speedy deforestation, the theme of Earth Day this year is “Trees for The Earth” calling on all to take action against the alarming depletion of our forests. Hopefully, by gathering everyone’s effort to start planting trees in their neighbourhood, we can plant 7.8 billion trees by the 2020 Earth Day.

“Trees for The Earth” plans to collaborate with government institutions, local groups, religious leaders, corporations and civil societies, decking out the solutions below at areas experiencing the worst forms of deforestation:

-fighting against climate change and pollution

-protect biodiversity

-support community economy and their lifestyles

-rally people to become environmental conscious citizens, and join the effort in environmental protection

Do not underestimate your abilities! You can also play a part in protecting the environment. Besides planting more trees, you can switch off the lights whenever you can, use fuel efficient cars, avoid heat-absorbing clothes in warm weather, shut off the car engine when not moving , etc. These are things that everyone can do.

As long as we are aware of the crisis, and put in effort to protect the environment, even small efforts can turn into huge forces that can change the earth!

#trees4earth #earthday2016

For more information about the 2016 Earth Day “Trees for Earth”, please visit: http://www.earthday.org/about/

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 最近大马的天气非常炎热,最高温时竟可达40度,每日翻开报章,都能看到东南亚各地频频发生旱灾或是多人中暑的新闻。

这样的天气突变也非头一遭,台湾在农历新年前竟然下雪了!属于亚热带的国家都下雪了,足以证明地球真的“变”了。

世界气象组织(WMO)3月21日发表的2015年气候状态声明(The WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015 )指出,去年全球平均表面温度大幅打破了历年记录,比1961至1990年的平均水平约高出0.76摄氏度。

踏入2016年,地球未见“退烧”,1月和2月全球已创下了更多单月气温记录。

于是,不久前的3月国际气候节直接将主题设为“直面更热、更旱、更涝的未来”(Hotter, Drier ,Wetter, Face the Future),充分的显示出世界正见证因温室气体排放而加剧气候变化,是现代纪录中前所未有。

虽然WMO证实最近的气候变迁是因为厄尔尼诺(El-Nino)的影响,但WMO也表示,就算未来数周厄尔尼诺现象减弱,但气温上升的趋势不会变。

人为因素绝对是造成全球暖化现象的关键,而导致气候变迁的其中一个原因就是森林的滥垦滥伐,特别是热带雨林遭受大量破坏,让地球暖化的情况日益严重。

每年我们的邻国印尼就会大肆燃烧森林,不仅造成新马一带的居民饱受烟霾之苦,甚至也加剧热带雨林的消失。

在全球逐渐消失的森林当中,以热带雨林灭绝的速度最快,而亚马逊雨林、泰国与印尼的热带雨林,是世界上面积最大、最完整的热带雨林,其中“地球之肺“亚马逊雨林森林所制造的氧气占全球氧气总量的的40%,但如今它遭过度砍伐,陷入逐渐消失的命运。

而森林所带给我们的好处,超乎你的想象,大面积的森林有助于调节地面气候,树根可以抑制水分流失,吸收土壤冲蚀形成的迳流。枯木能提供是生物的居所,也可以在腐烂后将养分回归土壤有利循环。

基于对森林迅速消失的担忧,今年的世界地球日的主题设为“为地球加’树’”(Trees for The Earth ),呼吁人类能针对正以惊人速度消失的森林展开迫切的拯救行动,希望集合全人类的力量,为自己所住的社区申请种植树木计划,希望能在2020年地球日五十周年前种下7.8亿棵树。

“Trees for the Earth”计划与全球的政府组织、地方团体、宗教领袖、企业以及民间团体合作,针对世界上森林砍伐最严重的地区,以下列指标进行拯救:

—对抗气候变迁及污染

—保护生物多样性

—支持社区经济与他们的生活方式

—凝聚与鼓励人们成为环境公民、加入绿色环境管理行列

别小看自己的力量,你也可以为绿色环境做出贡献,除了能在自己的家园多种花草树木之外,可以随手关灯、选用节能汽车,热天时不穿吸热的衣物、停车时关掉引擎等,这都是每个人都能做到的事情。

只要我们有危机意识,有心保护绿色环境,小力量绝对能汇集成保护地球的大力量!

#trees4earth #earthday2016

想知道更多关于2016地球日Trees for earth的消息,浏览:http://www.earthday.org/about/

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