Sunday, January 28, 2007

Global heating

Aun wrote a excellent commentary on global warning. If you feel that the weather has been a lil' bit warmer than usual, you're not the only one. Planet Earth is heating up irreversibly and we're all gonna die.

In the words of Chicken Little, "The sky is falling!" and you'd better believe it.

I know that there is a better place we go to when we die. :)

But, in the meantime, we can do something a bit more responsible. Hey, nobody said it's easy. Good things don't come cheap.

  • use more fuel-efficient transport (drive a petrol sipper, not a guzzler, take the bus or train, or walk)
  • increase the temperature on the air-conditioning thermostat (or turn off the air-cond altogether)
  • buy products that use less raw material and energy in the production and distribution process
  • push for government and corporate policy (and practice) that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (turn up the heat on politicians)
  • bottomline is, use less energy, burn less fossil fuels (petrol, gas, oil, coal), emit less CO2
Don't do this just to save your life. Do this to save your neighbour's life. Do this to give our future generation a livable planet. Don't wait for the ocean to flood your living room, or the sky to fall on your head.

It may already be too late to stop the disaster, but who knows? Wanna take the risk?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


So, our PM wants students to think out of the box. The National Education Blueprint is supposed to chart the course to produce x number of world-class graduates by the year 2020. My question is, many students can't even think within the box, how do we expect them to think out of the box? I quote one paragraph from Brian Yap's column in the NST on 10 Jan 2007: "Thanks to the Universities and University Colleges Act, students have been expelled from universities for taking part in demonstrations or other political activities deemed unacceptable by their academic institutions. Unfortunately, everything from petrol prices to environmental issues can be considered political. Which means students are virtually barred from being concerned citizens."