What do you think? Has the weather gone crazy? Is it raining when it should be dry? Or is it dry when it should be wet? Is it superlative weather — the hottest, the coldest, the driest, the wettest, the worst storm?
WATER EVERYWHERE: Residents brave flood waters in Kelantan last month. — Bernama photo
To not respond may be a decision for immediate financial returns and sound the most economical, but it will mean future disasters. We live in controlled environments and nature is what we see on television. This gigantic divide separates us from the natural world, which we cannot live without. It is from this world that we get oxygen, food and water.
The Sibu Municipal Council has taken the bold step of banning plastic bags on some days. Plastic bags for the most part are unnecessary and end up clogging drains, rivers and eventually the oceans where the accumulated non-decomposable rubbish builds up. So we need to remember to bring along our own marketing bag and containers. What does it matter if the onions are mixed with the oranges?All sorts of complicated schemes have been suggested to pull the excess carbon from the air. This is what trees and other plants do through the process of photosynthesis. Plant trees so that they can act as carbon sinks. There is so much else that we can do.
Let’s try to:
- switch off lights and electricity sockets use energy efficient light bulbs
- use energy efficient appliances recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass compost kitchen and garden waste
- eat less meat
- eat locally grown food
- buy less
- make use of technology
- to reduce the amount of paper used
- walk more
- drive less and use an energy efficient car
- fly less
- plant trees to act as carbon sinks
- reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and refus