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Join Earth Hour and Spread Awareness About Climate Change!!

Tomorrow Saturday, March 28, 2009, starting from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (your local time) is Earth Hour. A worldwide event and movement to raise awareness about Climate Change - not just Global Warming (although that's what their "About" page says) but to all areas and factors that contributes to negative climate change.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

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This year, the target is at least 1 billion people switching off their lights. This will be the first worldwide vote in Earth's History that is not about Nations, States, or Organizations, it is about and for the only Planet we live - Earth.

Yesterday, I asked a question via Plurk (the #1 microblogging tool here in Asia) that goes "Do you believe in...... Sentient Beings other than the Human Race?" Mike replied, "Sometimes I wonder if the human race is sentient."

We will find out tomorrow if the Human Race of Planet Earth are Sentient Beings. Will Earth Hour 2009 succeed? Are we conscious of what really is happening in our environment? Do we really care for our children or we only care for ourselves?

Listen to the message and call of Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General:

So make your vote count! Vote Earth tomorrow by switching off your lights for 60 minutes. That's all you have to do, nothing so fancy, you don't need to spend money or anything - just switch off your lights! By showing your support, you will be helping in telling the world leaders that it is time to take this negative climate change seriously. The result of this movement will be presented at the coming Global Climate Change Conference.

You can also show support beyond switching off your lights. Here are other ways:


Take a photo on the night, upload it to Flicky and add it to Earth Hour's Flickr group which you can find here.

For the Google Picasa fans (like me), just upload your photos to PicasaWeb. Or if you prefer to upload it elsewhere, just be sure to tag all your photos with: EarthHour, VoteEarth, and your location. I'll add the year of the photo as well ;)


Make a video of your event, upload it to YouTube and add it to Earth Hour's YouTube group.

Again, follow the same tagging as the photos above.


Just like this (the one you are reading), write a blog post during the event (or after the event if you will be outside) about Earth Hour, for example, did you have a candlelight dinner with your family? Have you witnessed how establishments and your own company participated?

Once again, tag it with EarthHour, VoteEarth, and your location.


During that 60 minutes, go update all your microblogging accounts and share to the world your experience of Earth Hour in your locality. Yes, tag it with EarthHour, VoteEarth, and your location. (Of course use the tagging format of your microblog platform.)

As simple as that! After this event, it is all in the hands of the politicians and our Creator.

As Neil Armstrong said, "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."


:: Official Accounts ::
Flickr: Earth Hour Global
MySpace: Earth Hour @MySpace
Twitter: Earth Hour @Twitter
YouTube: Earth Hour 2009
Facebook Group: Earth Hour Group
Facebook Fans: Earth Hour Fans

:: News ::
Google Blog: Introducing Earth Connect for Earth

:: Other Event Websites ::
Bloggers Unite for Earth Hour

Image Source: Earth Hour Philippine merchandise - Button Pin. Photo taken by me and licensed under CC By-SA 3.0 Philippines.


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Japan and ASEAN to cooperate in security issues

Japan and ASEAN to cooperate in security issues

Defense officials of Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to deal with security issues, including piracy and natural disasters.

20 senior defense officials of Japan and ASEAN member countries took part in their first conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

In the meeting, Parliamentary Defense Secretary, Ryota Takeda said Japan wants to further cooperate with ASEAN not only in economy but also in security issues, as the Asia-Pacific region now faces new challenges such as natural disasters, terrorism and piracy.

Some attendants suggested that countries should share information to effectively tackle piracy off Somalia and the Straits of Malacca as well as natural disasters including Tsunami.

Japan's Defense Ministry which hosted the meeting says that it plans to hold this kind of meeting periodically to strengthen ties with ASEAN.

2009/03/17 16:01(JST)
(JST: UTC+9hrs.)

Cambodia to register 4 more temples as World Heritage Sites

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: Cambodia will ask the United Nations to register four temples - one dating back some 1,400 years - as World Heritage Sites, a government official said Tuesday.

Listings by UNESCO, the world body's cultural agency, normally get international assistance to preserve the sites, and inevitably attract a larger number of tourists.

Kum Polin, a senior official at the Ministry of Culture, said the highest priority will be given to the 7th century Sambor Prei Kuk temple, located at what was once the country's capital some 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of the current capital Phnom Penh.

A master plan for development and conservation of the temple is now being drawn up and the submission to UNESCO is expected within three years, he said.

The country will also nominate the Banteay Chhmar temple, built in the 12th and 13th centuries in northwestern Cambodia; the 13th century Nokor Bachey temple east of Phnom Penh; and Oudong, the country's capital in the 17th and 18th centuries, 27 miles (45 kilometers) north of Phnom Penh.

The ancient temples of Angkor, the country's top tourist attraction, were declared a World Heritage Site in 1992, while the 11th century Preah Vihear temple was added to the list last year.


First ASEAN Cartoon

Grouping depicted in cartoon
Bangkok Post:

Published: 28/02/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

Asean has a logo, an anthem - and now there is an Asean cartoon.

In an effort to build more understanding about Asean - the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - among the young, the Foreign Ministry recently launched Asean Discovery, a cartoon in Thai.

The cartoon tells where the grouping was formed, talks about cooperation between its members, Asean in daily life, its charter and its likely future.

Director of the Asean Affairs Division Chaovalit Salitul says the target group is primary students. An alien named Blue is the star. He and his Asean friends tell readers about the group.

"Using Blue as a character to drive the story shows that we cannot stay alone in this world. It says there is unity in Asean too," Mr Chaovalit said.

The book explains economic cooperation under the Asean Free Trade Area.

It says one can buy goods from a member country at a lower price to fix Blue's flying saucer which crashed in an Asean land.

Trade in electricity, water, transport links, cooperation on the environment, drug suppression, culture exchange, science and research are involved in the grouping. "Asean is closer to you than you think," says one character.

"We want to let people know what they get from Asean, and want to know what people want. It is not that governments want to impose anything on them," the official said.

To make the characters representing Asean member countries more interesting, the ministry asked Thai embassies to select a name to reflect people in their host countries.

Maria is from Brunei, Trumsieng from Cambodia, Budy from Indonesia, Khamsuay from Laos, Peepid from Malaysia, Momo from Burma, Forsia from the Philippines, Peter from Singapore, Siam from Thailand and Kiew from Vietnam.

They wear traditional national costumes.

"We want to show that if a country is knowledgeable about only one thing and not everything, it can join hands with other countries. It is an experience exchange among Asean members," Mr Chaovalit said.

The book, published by Ban Ittirit publishing house, describes the personality of each character.

About 10,000 copies have been distributed to schools since Children's Day.

A staff member from Ban Ittirit says the firm took more than one year to finish the 80-page cartoon book.

"We obtained more than 500 pages of documents from the Foreign Ministry and spent two weeks studying the contents. The ministry also gave us another Thai cartoon about Thai history and asked us to make our book in the same way, because it is easy for children to follow," she said.