• WORLD SILENT DAY FOR THE EARTH

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Bali Collaboration for the Climate Change -known as Kolaborasi Bali - reminded communities of the World Silent Day (WSD), in Denpasar. WSD to be conducted every March 21 is one of the efforts to reduce the impacts of the climate change and respond to the international conference on climate change held in Bali last December 2007.

    After the conference in December 2007, Kolaborasi Bali with the world community that are concerned about climate change, conducted the first WSD last March 21 2008, by appealing the public to reduce the use of the electronics for four hours, at 10,00-14,00 local time and the next day, followed by giving tree saplings to babies born in this date. In addition, Kolaborasi Bali also organized some workshops and discussions about climate change with several community groups and the professionals since August 2007.

    On October 15, 2008 Kolaborasi Bali organized an event to report back to the public about its activities and provide information about various responses to WSD.

    This event that was opened for the public from all ages, also included a story telling session for children, with the topic “Climate Change and World Silent Day”, followed by film screening, slide show reporting WSD 2008, and launching of the new website. The World Silent Day appreciation was symbolically awarded to volunteers and participants of the program.

    Through this public accountability session, Kolaborasi Bali wanted to inform the Balinese community, especially in Denpasar and surrounding area about various activities that have been carried out from August 2007 up to March 2008 and various responses on the World Silent Day. We also hope to make the website as media to gather further public support for World Silent Day and ask that the Balinese community and the world support and join the World Silent Day 2009 on March 21 2009.

    The journey towards implementation of WSD 2009 (on March 21 2009), will also include the Global Day of Action on December 6 2008 and collection of 10 million signatures to support the World Silent Day.

    WHY WORLD SILENT DAY One of the Indonesia’s traditional wisdom heritage is Trihitakarana philosophy from Bali that governs a harmonious relationship between human being with God, human being with another human being, and human being with nature; this can be a basis for sustainable development. O one of the practical implementations of Trihitakarana is the Nyepi or Silent Day conducted for 24 hours in Bali during the Saka New Year.

    It is estimated that during Nyepi Day, the CO2 emission reduction in Bali is at least 20 thousands tons because motorcycles, cars and airplanes cease to operate.

    The Bali Collaboration for Climate Change launched the “Bhisama Bali” (Bali Declaration) on Nyepi (Silent) Day for the Earth, with a call:

    1. For the delegates to UN Climate Change Conference agree on a Bali Roadmap that emphasizes climate justice; effectively implement the commitments of developed countries to reduce green house gas emission and to change the production and consumption pattern to be more climate friendly all over the world.
    2. For humanity to learn from Bali by determining March 21st as Nyepi Day, in which everyone can contribute to green house gas emission reduction by stopping all activities and energy consumption for one day. This is a fair and easy way. We propose that the UN through UNFCCC establish the Nyepi Day gradually beginning in March 2008 and with implementation by March 2010.

    WHERE Everyone, in any place in the world can get involved. This is a worldwide campaign for our Earth.

    WHEN On 21st March 2009 at 10.00 - 14.00 hours March 21 is selected because the sun is at vernal equinox point, moving from the equator towards the north. This symbolizes the shift to a new life. The next day, March 22 is the World Water Day, also symbolic of life.

    HOW Reduce activities; reduce the use of motorized vehicles and energy.

    In 2008 we asked people to SWITCH OFF some ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES (computer, AC, TV, radio, cell phone, some lamps, etc) FOR 4 HOURS ONLY !!

    As the next step we ask you to SWITCH OFF for 4 hours during WORLD SILENT DAY 21 March 2009.

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