What is happening to our world? It seems like it's one natural disaster after the other. We're only into the third month of the year, and already we've hadthe Brazilian floodsand the Australian floods
cyclones in Madagascar and the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale (February)Even a house of God cannot be spared.
and now the 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan, which caused a 10 metre Tsunami, not to mention the threat of nuclear emergencies.
How did you feel after seeing/reading the news of these tragedies? For me personally, I was exceptionally upset when I heard of the Japanese quake, because it happened on the exact same day as the YUM Champions were flying home from Singapore, after having such a good time at the 3-day recognition event (I was in Singapore at the time coordinating this event with Moezik, and got to know some of the Champions, who came from all over the Asia Pacific, including Japan and Indonesia, who also had Mount Karangetang (a volcano) erupt merely four hours after the horrendous devastation in Japan). Can you even begin to imagine flying home to such devastation? =(
I was even more upset when I got on facebook, and saw inappropriate comments by a few people on my newsfeed (who consequently have been deleted from my friends list). How can you say such inconsiderate things when so many people have died, lost family members, and are fighting to survive? I'm not going to repeat any of their remarks here, because they make me so angry, but please, find your heart before you call yourself a human being. You may think you're indestructible, but let me remind you that what happens to others, could always, one day, happen to you.
My heart goes out to the people in all of these countries. What can we do except watch helplessly as people struggle to survive? How many Earth Hours will it take to actually make a difference? Truth of the matter is, we have angered Mother Nature, and these are her repercussions. No, we cant stop natural disasters from happening, but we can do our part to help the victims, and help our world heal. I know I dont need to make a list of things we should do to help our environment, we're told all the time. But how many of us actually do them?
Take Earth Hour for example. Some of us poo pah it as being nothing but a trend to follow, others cant even be bothered to know. What we need to realise is, Earth Hour alone may not be able to turn our world around; one hour a year may not be significant in one household, but if, like last year, millions of people in 128 countries switch off the electricity for that one hour, how much energy will we save? The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur during Earth Hour 2010
Earth Hour was started to take a stand against climate change, as a symbol of hope for a cause that drastically needs our attention. It never promised that by participating in this, it alone would make up for the damage mankind has done, but it has succeeded in banding us all together to be a candle (no pun intended) of determination. I have already pledged to support Earth Hour 2011, and you can too: http://livegreen.wwf.org.my/register.phpThis year, Miranda Kerr has the honour of being the ambassador for Earth Hour 2011.Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, left with us songs like Earth Song (Did you ever stop to notice The crying Earth the weeping shores),
We Are The World (There's a choice we're making We're saving our own lives),
Man In The Mirror (If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change),
and Heal the World(And the world we once believed in Will shine again in grace).
But celebrities alone cant stop what is happening. The fate of the earth lies within us, mankind. No other creature has ever left behind such destruction as we have. So let's try to do right by what we have done wrong. Let us all join hands against pollution and waste, and do our best, to heal the world.