Category Archives: Environment

ToxiKuwait

I was planning on going to this new restaurant in Bidaa tonight with some friends, but I got a message from a friend that the venue has been changed due to toxic waste in that area.

According to Kuwait Times A wastewater recycling plant in Mishref malfunctioned yesterday due to unknown reasons, flooding the station and causing it to fill with poisonous gas. Firefighters responded to the incident but untreated sewage water from the plant is being released into street drains in the area. No casualities have been reported yet.

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The Watan Daily made public the Environment Public Authority (EPA) warning against fishing and swimming on the Bidaa coast all the way down to the end of Messila.

The Ministry of Public Works has decided to divert the unprocessed sewage to the sea through the rain drainage networks. *GAG*

UPDATE: Stick to bottled water for the time being even when cooking.

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Earth Hour: Kuwait Participates

I am impressed! Kuwait is officially participating in Earth Hour.

from Wikipedia:

Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. It was pioneered by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007,[1] and achieved worldwide participation in 2008.

Earth Hour will next take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm, local time.

This year is so vital since the world leaders will meet at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009. This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

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Kuwait Towers will be dark during earth hour and so will some street lights. Kuwait Team for Global Warming (KTGW) who is organizing this event in Kuwait with permission from the mother company, WWF, would like to invite all businesses and households in Kuwait to join this global movement by turning off all unessential lights and appliances for Earth Hour.

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The Unlabelled Green Label: Pia Stanchina


Pia Stanchina has taken the term “inspiration from nature” to another level with her environment friendly collection.

“All materials are chosen for their sustainability, all fabrics are natural, organic where possible, or reused.recycled. All colours are achieved with minimal impact dye and the print process was digital to save water, energy and dye… The clothes are unlabelled, to enable wearer to forget about their original context, and instead integrate them into their wardrobe and own style”

www.piastanchina.com

Cause-driven Photography; Rick Nahmias

 

Rick Nahmias

 

Rick Nahmias is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker whose work has been shown across North America, Europe, and Asia. He creates special multi-media image-based projects of all sizes for foundations, non-profits, corporations and cause-driven organizations. He also shoots freelance assignments with an emphasis on editorial, travel, medical and food subjects.

 

 

 

Exhibit: The Migrant Project

 

The migrant project in particular fascinated me. I found the images of the farmers to be very engaging.

 

Black and white pictures of California migrant farm workers. Pictures depict issues from family life, immigration, health care… 

 

“The black and white photographs, paired with text describing migrant workers’ lives, often deal with issues of pesticides, as when workers are told to eat heavily sprayed, unwashed grapes to test whether they are ripe for picking, or when workers’ children play in irrigation ditches filled with pesticide-saturated runoff. “

 

*check out the gallery

 

 

LINKS

 

 Gallery: http://themigrantproject.com/gallery.html

 

 Rick Nahmias website: http://rcnphoto.com/