Matanglawin: Green revolution!

by Grace Sucgang, Multimedia Producer, Matanglawin

Posted at May 19 2012 10:23 PM | Updated as of May 20 2012 06:23 AM

Become a Green Warrior for the environment and join Kuya Kim, Melai and Matanglawin’s Green Revolution!

Join Kuya Kim and guest host Melai Cantiveros as they save the world one eco-friendly
way at a time.

Did you know that more than two million bottles are thrown away each day, and each bottle takes almost a million years to decompose?

Also, annually, around 3.5 billion metric tons of garbage or the equivalent weight of 17 trillion blue whales accumulate from everyone in the world.

Add to that the fact that 3 million hectares of forest, or half the size of the country, are destroyed each year and you’ve got a recipe for disaster!

Scientists predict that if humans don’t clean up their act, they would need to look for a new home because at the rate people are throwing away trash, destroying forests and adding to water and air pollution, species can die out one after the other.

The weather is a good indicator of the world’s changes. Nowadays, when it rains, it really pours, sometimes causing floods, and when it shines, it is so hot that summers are registering average temperatures between 35-37 degrees Celsius. That’s almost the same as the average body temperature!

According to scientists, too much carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases from vehicle exhaust, among other things, trap and reflect the sun’s heat like a mirror. If people don’t stop now, the earth’s temperature can rise by up to 10 to 12 percent, leading to the possible extinction of species sensitive to temperature changes.

So what do Kuya Kim and guest host-slash-basurera and eco-queen Melai Cantiveros suggest? Here are their ideas.

Liter of Light

Here’s an idea that would punch a hole not through your wallet but only through your roof. The Liter of Light project involves using sunlight to brighten up a home using a homemade “solar water bulb”.

Needed to make the “bulb” are a plastic liter bottle, water, bleach, a 10x10 piece of aluminum roofing or yero and strong waterproof adhesive. The adhesive is needed to attach the finished bulb to the roof.

From incandescent bulbs we moved to fluorescent lights but is
there another more eco-friendly way to brighten up a room?

Kuya Kim first had to ask permission from a homeowner before the members of Liter of Light could install a solar water bulb in his house because the first step is punching a hole through the roof where the water bottle is supposed to go.

After mixing five caps’ worth of bleach with water to prevent moss and algae from growing inside the bottle, Kuya Kim made a hole similar to the one in the roof on the 10x10 piece of yero and attached the bottle to it.

The combined pieces were then attached to the hole in the roof.

When sunlight hits the bottle, the light emitted by the solar water bulb inside the house would be as good as that of a fluorescent light bulb.

The solar water bulb doesn’t cost much, saves on electricity bills and minimizes the carbon footprint generated by electric plants because the demand is lessened.

Wear Green!

Melai likes to think that she’s a trendsetter. Because of this episode of Matanglawin, the show’s staff now totally agrees!

There’s a saying that there’s cash in trash and someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. It goes beyond exchanging plastic bottles, glass jars, newspapers and metal for money at your local bakal, bote, dyaryo however, because plastics and newspapers can be turned into jewelry and bags.

The local bayong is also a great alternative to shopping bags. Recognizing this, a market in Caloocan City has declared their Mondays as “Bayong Days.“

Travel Green!

The most common answer to lessening our carbon footprint on the planet is to create our own footprints…by walking, that is. But what do you do when your destination is too far?

Carpooling is a good way to conserve fuel, as is using e-jeepneys. Another way is to use a bamboo bike, which is not only eco-friendly, but also makes a novel statement.

Act Green!

Did you know that you can do a whole lot of good for both your health and Mother Earth when you exercise?

Studies have shown that the more you weigh, the more effort is needed to move the vehicle you are riding in, thus more smoke or exhaust is produced by the engine, causing more pollution. So listen to Kuya Kim when he says that leading a healthy lifestyle and exercising is not so bad because you are saving the world at the same time.

As for Melai, she’s got a brilliant plan and even gets kids to join her in planting more trees in the local community. Trees not only produce fresh air, they also give shade and help prevent floods!

What are your eco-friendly suggestions?

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April 15, 2012