Earth Hour Outcomes 2013

I was eating Mexican food with my boyfriend and two other friends in a cozy restaurant in Hong Kong, iCaramba, as I swiftly looked at the time and noticed earth hour has just started and the lights were still on. Nevertheless, what could we do as we were in someone else’s restaurant and we dared not to switch off the lights without permission?

As we waited, we made a toast with our Mexican beers and endeavored to find a solution. All of a sudden, I gazed to the room which was further left by our table and realize that there were no lights on in that room and the waitress was lighting candles. I thought to myself that they were doing the earth hour, but someone denied and claimed it was a birthday. To clear my doubts I asked the waitress while she came to our table and also lighted a few candles and she confirmed. What a blissful surprise! That evening we smiled and our souls were also lightened.

To acknowledge the outcomes of the Earth Hour 2013 in our global community, read the article: http://earthhour.org/2013outcomes

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“Love should rule the World”

To celebrate peace here are 11 blissful inspirations praying that cases like the Boston explosions or the plot to attack in Toronto come to an end. The first ten were posted and chosen by the team at care2:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-best-peace-songs.html

The last is one of most touching songs that i recall from my childhood. I felt heartbroken every time i would listen to Nadim. I present you all with this relic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VILqFtrzBxA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZeKT0UctOQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d8C4AIFgUg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlXeLgfBaT4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cTGdJz9-uA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWbNdczXdig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHEOF_rcND8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xATrRyBjexM

Good News Roundup III

In an uplifting Care2.com article from Women’s Day back on 8th of March, chains are lifted out of women’s rights. All around the world change is possible and change is happening as humanity takes another step towards peace, justice, freedom and equality.

“Today, on International Women’s Day, I join every individual who believes that change is possible. We are guided by a founding principle of the United Nations: the equal rights of men and women.

All around the world, our voices are rising, and silence and indifference are declining. Change is possible, and it’s happening.

Change is happening when every country, for the first time in history, has women on their Olympic teams, as they did this past summer in London.

Change is happening when people worldwide declare solidarity with a Pakistani girl who was shot for championing education for all, a girl named Malala.

Change is happening when protests erupt across the globe with women and men, young and old, rising up and saying no to violence against women.”

(read the original article here by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN women)

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

This is the citation that makes way to an Intent.com article about Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day started back in 2007 by American-Israeli businesswoman, philanthropist and author Shari Arison. Not only successful, she is proof that you can maintain a thriving business without sacrificing values. Shari has also written about the importance of kindness both to ourselves and others on how to Activate Your Goodness where she inspires readers to “give without expecting to receive. It will likely be the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do.”

“Good Deeds Day 2013 takes place on March 10, 2013, and it’s an invitation to give of ourselves and to support our own humankind, which we are all a part of. When we act in love, kindness, and for the good of others and our earth, we are directly impacting our own inner happiness and peace.

In the words of the 14th Dalai Lama:

‘When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.’ ”

(read the full article here)

It is known that past mistakes can haunt us for a long time, sometimes actually as long as 40 years. A few weeks back, wildlife officials received a letter from a Montana man, which identified himself only has Roy. In remorse, Roy confessed to have illegally hunt and killed three whitetail deer between 1967 and 1970. Even though the officials made known that statute of limitations had passed and he was no longer subject to a fine, he insisted that the check he had sent of $6000 dollars was put to use to prevent situations like the one he had done so many years ago.

From The Spokesman-Review:

“The officer suggested he could sign up with the agency for volunteer jobs at a wildlife area or habitat project to soothe his conscience, but Roy said he lived in Montana.

Last week, Mann got a message from the department’s Olympia headquarters that a $6,000 check had been delivered as a donation to the enforcement division.

“I was amazed,” Mann said. “It’s not uncommon for me to hear from people who are sorry for a wildlife infraction, but usually it’s because the judge stuck them with a big fine.”

Other environmental victories from Save BioGems are also worth of note such as the proposal for the protection of Polar Bears from Obama Administration;  the unprecedented level of protection to a Whale Nursery in San Ignacio Lagoon and the protection of Cabo Pulmo’s Coral Reef from a massive tourist scheme, both in Mexico; and the protection of millions of Acres in the Western Arctic Reserve from oil and gas drilling, ecosystem to countless wildlife species.

The Meaning of Life

Happiness is a very important ingredient. Given that all human beings are born alone and die alone, it is human nature for each person to have a very personal perspective as to what happiness means. Therefore happiness has an infinite amount of definitions. When a person is born, at their childhood they receive the automatic desire to dream and utilize their imagination. As they get older, people will do their best to destroy those dreams and deny your imagination by suffocating you with what they refer to as reality. If a person with a very open mind believes anything is possible you become a threat to people with narrow minds. The larger your world becomes the smaller and more infantile they appear and this bothers them. Their short perspectives and forgone conclusions limits them as people and they are envious at your ability to maintain hope through a much larger and broad scope. It is this grief that causes them to be insufferably miserable and through constant actions of negativity, they will do whatever they can at all cost to rob you of your limitless freedom. Inside the very core of happiness is a person’s ability to believe that anything is possible and that whatever concepts of belief they have are the correct beliefs despite what anybody else tells them. In short, it is important for every single human being to develop his or her method of beliefs, aspirations or opinions, no matter what they are. If another perspective is shown to you that makes you happier than the one you held on to then change it. If not, then let it go. In a person’s life we are all given a short period of time to exist in this form and this is to be a fact no matter what your beliefs are. So it is imperative that you use that time as much as possible doing anything and everything that makes you happy. Also, if it is by having a narrow perspective that makes you happy, then by all means do so. Just don’t suffocate people with negativity. If you enjoy giving people your negativity, then you are not happy at all. You are in denial. It is this happiness we all seek that gives our life meaning. Therefore I am left to concur that the meaning of life is to find meaning in life. Even if the meaning is the lack of a meaning that is a meaning. Find your meaning in life and you have found the meaning of life.

(Author: The Correct Answer, source here)

Ryan Hreljac: A Tale of Willpower.

Ryan Hreljac

Ryan was born in Canada in May of ’91. He was only a 6 year-old boy attending first grade, when his teacher, Mrs. Cathy Pres, explained to the class the conditions in which children in Africa lived.

He was deeply touched when he knew that most of those African children so far as died of thirst simply because they had no wells to take water from, while he, on the other hand, only had to take a few steps to have access to a source of endless clean water…

Ryan asked the teacher how much it would cost to bring those children water. The teacher thought for a little and recalled an organization called WaterCan dedicated to the topic and told him that a small well should cost about $70.

When he got home he went straight to his mother Susan and told her that he needed $70 to buy a well for the African children. His mother told him that if he wanted that money, then he should earn it himself and began to give him some chores around the house with which Ryan earned a few dollars every week. One day, he finally gathered the necessary 70 dollars and asked his mother to accompany him to the headquarters of WaterCan to finally buy his well for Africa’s children. When addressed, the man in the secretary across him told him that the cost of drilling a well was actually closer to $2000 dollars. Without a solution, Susan told him that she could not give him $2,000 no matter how hard he or she worked, but Ryan did not surrendered. He promised the man in front of him that he would return… and he did.

Back home, all his brothers, neighbors, and friends were infected by his enthusiasm and endeavored to raise this money. Between works and errands throughout the neighborhood they managed to raise the $2000 dollars and Ryan returned triumphantly to WaterCan to ask for his well.
Finally, in January ’99, a well in a village in northern Uganda was drilled. Then and there the legend was born.

Ryan did not stopped raising funds and travelling halfway across the globe looking for support for his project.

After the Angola well had been drilled, Ryan, now in college, began to correspond with the children from the school next to where the well was made.
Through this Ryan met Akana; a boy who had escaped from the clutches of the dreadful children’s armies in Angola and who each day struggled to study. Ryan, felling captivated by his new friend, asked his parents if he could go and visit him. In 2000, with a great economic effort, his parents managed to pay a trip to Uganda and Ryan came to the village where his well had been drilled. When he arrived, hundreds of children from the surroundings had gathered and formed a corridor, chanting his name.
– “They know my name?” – Ryan asked his guide, quite intrigued.
– “Everyone in a 100 kilometer radius knows your name.” – he replied.

Currently Ryan Hreljac has his own Foundation and over 630 water and sanitation projects in 16 countries bringing clean water and sanitation services to over 700,880 people.

Link to Ryan’s Foundation