The Japanese After the Quake & Global Warming

Mar 24, 2011 in , ,

The Japanese have been through a lot, and I pray that they will get back on their feet quickly and find their friends and families...

On the 11th of this month, a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, causing a massive tsunami that shook the world and cost thousands of lives. Thousands more are still missing, and countless families have been separated and homes destroyed.

There is one thing that the Japanese didn’t lose, and that is their spirit. After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945, they rebuilt their country into something bigger and better, with everyone working together. 66 years later, and that same spirit is there in the people. Even those who already had nothing before the earthquake and tsunami are helping others. Many who were being rescued worried about whether they were causing trouble, when, in fact, they were the ones who lifted the rescuers’ spirits. When a four-month-old baby and a sixty-year-old man were found alive in the midst of all the mess, it was a much-needed boost for everyone.

Blackouts have been caused all over the country by this sudden natural disaster, but even so, the people of Japan are staying strong. "Blackouts are no problem for me. I am used to saving electricity for this country, and turning off lights. At least, this time we don't have bombs flying over our heads. I'm willing to happily to shut off my electricity!" an elderly lady was quoted saying. In evacuations, queues to get their turn at the public phones and to stock up on supplies, people remained calm, forming lines as they would on an ordinary day. No one pushed, shoved, jumped ahead, or even argued.

As they struggle to find their family, friends, and gain their lives back, we can help them by sending our prayers as well as donating to organizations like the Japanese Red Cross Society, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, and Tabung Bencana NSTP. Every contribution counts. The Japanese have shown that they are strong people, and I sincerely hope that they will be able to get through this difficult time in their lives.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle – the three R’s. These words are the slogan to saving the world from ourselves, literally. The weather has been spinning out of control for the past few years, with deadly heat waves striking and the coldest of winters occurring, killing more people than you think.

There are a lot of ways to help prevent even worse catastrophes from happening, and all these ways can be summed up in three simple words. Yes, you guessed it: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Next time you’re taking notes and jotting something down, be sure to use both sides of the paper. Doing this is reducing and reusing at the same time, so it’s an awesome way to start. As for recycling, it’s just as simple! Put your newspapers and magazines in a pile to send off to your local recycling center, and throw used cans, bottles and tissues into a recycling bin instead of a normal one.

Earth Hour occurs every last Sunday of March, and this year, it will be on the 26th of March at 8:30 PM. In case you were wondering, Earth Hour is when you switch off the lights for an hour in order to save electricity. But, it isn’t just about the lights; it goes far beyond that. It’s about sustainability.

By participating in Earth Hour and getting your friends to join you, you could do something great for the environment and have some fun at the same time. You could have your very own lantern festival! Electric lights should be turned off during the hour, but no one said anything about candles, right? Another thing you could also do is go star gazing. If you live in the city, you probably won’t be able to see many stars, so by going to somewhere a little less populated, you could play you part in Earth Hour, and see some beautiful stars.

Remember that Earth Hour is meant to last for much more than just an hour. Whether we like it or not, earth is our home, and we need to protect this beautiful place as best we can.
Please click here for more information on Earth Hour.