Thursday, November 04, 2010

Recent News: Environment.

Turning GARBAGE into MONEY

Few weeks ago, I became a volunteer for an environmental film event, namely Eco Film Fest 2010 in UM. The event was mainly about screening environmental films for the public for free in order to raise their awareness about the importance of conserving the environment. Well, other than helping out here and there, I actually managed to watch a few films. However, there’s this one film that gave me a large impact…GARBAGE DREAMS…

Do watch the trailer below to catch a glimpse of what the film is about…

Have you ever imagined that there are actually people in this world who rely on garbage to support their life???

Have you ever think about living in a garbage village???

Well, this is what happened to 60000 Zaballeen (Arabic for “garbage people”) that live in the world’s largest garbage village situated on the outskirts of Cairo. They survive by recycling 80% of the garbage they collect, creating what is arguably the world’s most efficient waste disposal system.

Do you know that garbage contributes to global warming??? Without recycling, garbage mixed with organic waste and green waste deposited at landfills can cause the emission of methane, contributing to global warming. A molecule of methane produces more than 20 times the warming of a molecule of carbon dioxide. When you consider its effects within a single decade, methane is 100 times as powerful as carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas!

So what are you waiting for??? All you have to do is to separate your household waste into organic waste and recyclable waste. Try to do composting with your organic waste and send your recyclable waste to recycling centre. Help reduce the amount of waste deposited in landfills. Together we can make the Earth a cooler planet… =)


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