Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Himpunan Hijau 109


Date : 27 Sept 2011

Leading to the Himpunan Hijau 109 on October 9th, Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas (SMSL) is collaborating with the Himpunan Hjau 109 Organizing Committee to release a series of articles relevant to the Earth Charter everyday linking the many issues of concern relevant to Malaysia to instil a greater understanding of some of the fundamental principles of the Charter whilst highlighting how a more sustainable and safer path could and should be pursued for Malaysia.

For your info,
Himpunan Hijau 109 Organising Committee will lead the civil society organisations and concern community members to introduce the Earth Charter to Malaysia to promote and encourage a more sustainable and safe development path for the country.

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values to protect our very essence of life and our natural habitat, planet earth.

A working group has been set up to prepare for a gathering of civil society groups, business communities, politicians, mums and dads and people of all walks of life and age groups on October 9th in Kuantan to jointly endorse the Earth Charter. The main influential human rights groups committee in Malaysia like BERSIH2.0, SUARAM and NGOs are attending to show support as well. Local and international media/press are welcome to this event. 

This will be a unifying ground breaking historical ceremony to mark a new dawn of hopes for Malaysia. We will be united in our stance to defend our
future and our shared living space on earth.

This ceremony will put Malaysia in the international stage joining hundreds of millions of others individuals, groups, businesses and governments who have
already signed on to the Earth Charter to demand for a cleaner and safer development pathway for now and for the future to protect our life source ,planet earth and to ensure social harmony and justice.

Malaysia is a beautiful country abounds with nature’s wonder and richness known the world over. Our natural assets have sustained human life since time immemorial. It has also provided immense opportunities for a wide range of development activities and many more potentials yet to be tried. With Malaysia’s immense natural assets and human resources, there are boundless possibilities for a clean, green and safe development pathway.

However, these potentials have so far not been realised because our development path has been a mere extension of our colonial past which has been centred around resource exploitation and not on sustainability or for the well beings of the people. The situation has worsened in recent years when highly polluting projects detrimental to our natural environment and our health are approved for construction, posing serious threats to our future and our health.

All over the world, communities are hurting from destructive development projects that only bring about short term gains for a minority few. With increasing aware ness, people are now seeking a more sustainable and wholistic path that also take care of the well beings of the majority and the natural environment.

The Earth Charter is one such global instrument developed to steer our future to a more ecologically sustainable and socially just democratic path.

Facts about the Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is an instrument recognised and endorsed by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote the
transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared
ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological
integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy,
and a culture of peace.

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building
a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire
in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for
the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future
generations. It is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on
common goals and shared values.

The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable
ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that
includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal
human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of
peace.

The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable
ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that
includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal
human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of
peace.

We envision individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and multilateral
institutions throughout the world, including the United Nations General Assembly and
UN agencies, acknowledging the Earth Charter, embracing its values and principles,
and working collaboratively to build just, sustainable, and peaceful societies.

1. To raise awareness worldwide of the Earth Charter and to promote
understanding of its inclusive ethical vision.

2. To seek recognition and endorsement of the Earth Charter by individuals,
organizations, and the United Nations.

3. To promote the use of the Earth Charter as an ethical guide and the
implementation of its principles by civil society, business, and government.

4. To encourage and support the educational use of the Earth Charter in schools,

universities, religious communities, local communities, and many other
settings.

5. To promote recognition and use of the Earth Charter as a soft law document.

3 comments:

  1. November 2010, headline in Singapore The Straits Times which said: “Govt preparing for nuclear power option”.

    “It will be a long time before we make any decision on nuclear energy,” said PM Lee in the ST Page 1 lead story. “But we should get ourselves ready to get ready to do so. That means to give Singapore the ability to exercise the option should it one day become necessary and feasible."

    natural gas fields that fire up turbines in Singapore's power stations are expected to be exhausted in about 20 years' time. This is a blink of an eye when seen in terms of the planning cycle needed to introduce an alternative form of energy, be it from a renewable (solar, wind, tides) or non-renewable source (oil, coal, gas).

    With Singapore gradually weaning itself of dependence on freshwater from Malaysia's Johor state, botched planning in energy security could drive Singapore once again towards Malaysia for a strategic resource. In this case, energy.


    The first country to add a nuclear power station to its power grid will guarantee its citizens a stable and safe source of energy. Cut through the screaming rhetoric from greenies and you will realise that post-Fukushima nuclear reactors are designed with more fail safes and with a far higher standard of reliability and mean time between failure for critical components than the 1970s-vintage reactors installed at the Fukushima facilities.

    Depending on the power-generating capacity of the reactors installed in the Sin-Mal-Indo triangle, the first to market could end up selling surplus power to its neighbour at an unbeatable price per kilowatt hour.

    The appeal of such pricing will rise as the last cubic metre of petroleum is sucked out of the earth.

    A Malaysia government in a state of decision paralysis about nuclear energy may indeed be forced to hitch the city-state's energy grid to Singapore nuclear powered Singapore Power someday.

    When that day comes, a flick of a switch up south is all it takes to get this little red dot to behave.

    and it could happen relatively soon if we don't start taking serious steps to support our nuclear power plant project

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