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It's beautiful to know that we inherited the Earth at birth. With it... every living creature, every landscape, every wonder. It's ours to use and share while we have our time here. It's ours for now, not ours to keep.

Taking care of this Earth is our responsibility.

I too often take for granted how precious a gift, Earth, truly is. We have it now on borrowed time. One day, I will pass it on to whoever lives after me. I'd like to pass on something worthy of Earth's majesty. I'd like to have made improvements to making Earth a better home.

All these noble "saving the earth" talk, I say with both regret and hope. In my younger days as a teen, I was involved in numerous awareness campaigns. I wrote AV scripts on deforestation, created video presentations and was even featured in some "green" newsletter and the press. I was a Green Advocate that did not follow through. Being "green" is a lifestyle and somewhere along the way, I fell back on the lazy track. Being responsible for preservation and preventing wastage was something I did only when convenient.

These couple of months, being able to contribute back in little ways made me realise that taking care of Earth can be both fun and inspiring.

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It started with Earth Hour 2009 in March. On 28 March 2009 at 8:30pm, the world around pledged to turn off all lights in support to stop global warming. For 60 minutes, the world united for a fabulous cause. The FSP princess were over at my place for a Peranakan feast. We had great Nonya food, wine, awesome company; all under the warm flicker of IKEA's vanilla scented candlelight.

The world all over celebrated Earth Hour 2009

We definitely missed the AC. It was a warm night. Still I wouldn't hesitate to participate again in 2010.

I witnessed friends doing their own little part at homes. Fr. David Garcia and Terence both have 2 bins in the kitchen, one for perishable and the other for non-perishable items. I am thinking how this can be made possible in my own home.

Director Luc Besson (of "Nikita" and "The Fifth Element" fame) also produced "Home"; a 90-minute environmental film, which officially debuted on YouTube at the same time it appeared in the cinema and on TV. The docu-movie was a collaboration with photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand who directed the film. 3 years back, while strolling through the walkways of Orchard towards Forum, I visited the open gallery featuring his aerial photography. The pictures were spectacular!
"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being." - Yann Arthus-Bertrand

"Home" was magnificently shot over 50 countries and is featured in high def on YouTube. You'd be amazed at the beauty of our world. The full production was released on 5 June World Environmental Day 2009.

Just this week in the office, I decided to pick a cardboard box and transform it quite effortlessly into a "Green IT" Recycle Box. I volunteered to take the paper to the recycle bin periodically. After a quick email to the department and a reminder to use a separate tray for recycled photocopy, I noticed colleagues dropping in their recycling contributions. My only sigh is not being able to find a recycle bin around my office building. It's something that still bafflers me.

At the end of the day, it really wasn't all that hard. We're just one, but in our little ways... we can make a difference.

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