100+ Green Tips & Trivia Spiels from WWF

Sustainable Lifestyles 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Conserve Energy! The Power Sector represents almost 60% of carbon emissions in the world. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDS: These last 8-10 times longer and use 25% of the power. Use a power strip. This eliminates phantom drain, which still consumes 10% to 60% of full power. Love your laptop. Use a laptop instead of a desktop. Laptops consume 5x less electricity. Patronize local businesses. These have far smaller footprints than imported goods. Buy energy-efficient appliances. Energy star appliances save power and reduce bills. Do your part to help fight climate change. Turn off your computer at night – at home and at work.

8. When using a kettle, only boil as much water as you need. It will save electricity and boil the water more quickly. 9. Turn off bathroom ventilating fans when leaving the room. These fans can blow out a house full of heated air if left on. 10. 11. Use a dipper instead of showering. Save as much as 30 liters of water. The less packaging, the better. Use totes instead of plastic bags.

12. If you really need to travel by plane, choose an airline that gives you the option to off-set your carbon footprint. 13. Up to 50% of the energy used by a mobile phone comes from chargers left plugged in when not in use. Get into the habit – unplug your charger when not in use. 14. For every liter of gasoline used by your car, you are adding 2.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide to the air, in addition to other pollutants. Give your car a day-off and commute. 15. For longer trips, take the bus. One busload of passengers takes 40 vehicles off the road during rush hours, saves 70,000 liter of fuel and avoids over 175 tonnes of emissions a year. 16. 17. Avoid idling your vehicle — ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine. The rate of global warming in the past twenty years has been greater than the average rate for the entire

20. If you’re buying a washing machine. Could your business meeting be replaced by talking over the phone or using video conferencing? Try it out! You’ll use lower carbon footprint that way. So the best best solution is to avoid such travel where ever possible. less sturdy versions several times over. or coral . dishwasher or oven. Travel can't always be avoided. 28. such as animal hides. 34. re-use and recycle. If air travel is unavoidable. 32. Reduce. A large number of environmentally-friendly produced products are now available. Aviation accounts for 4-9% of the climate change impact of human activity. Try to drive less. buy the most energy-efficient . 31. 33. Reduce your consumption of raw materials by buying long-lasting items instead of cheaper. Maximize usage of all household and office items.twentieth century. 24. 26. Choose processed foods from companies that use certified sustainable palm oil. 30. Sustainably produced products are now available. kitchen towels. Consider your options and choose the most environmentally friendly form of transport you can.org. Buying second-hand items means lower carbon footprint through reduction of raw material consumption. 29. Choose "green" hotels. tour operators and suppliers that support sustainable development and provide financial support to local communities. 21. 35. In particular. ivory. choose recycled toilet paper.they could be illegal. tortoise-shell. why not wait and do several errands all at once? This cuts down your trips and lowers your carbon footprint. 27. Do your part. Look out for items with recycled content. 23. Instead of popping out every day in the car to run an errand. Travelling by any form of transport that uses fossil fuels for energy contributes to climate change. refrigerator. Log on to wwf. 19. Livestock have a bigger environmental impact that vegetable crops. Walk.ph to know more. napkins and handkerchiefs. 25. One of the biggest ways you can help our planet is to buy environmentally-friendly products. 22. choose higher occupancy and fuel efficient airlines. Choose organic food and MSC-certified seafood. 18. use public transport or try car pooling or joining a car-share scheme. So check the label. Try to go vegetarian today. Souvernirs? Think twice before you buy products made from endangered species. Could you take your vacation closer to home? Check out the closest beach instead of flying to Boracay or out of the country for example. ride your bike.

37. You can also reuse water from washing vegetables and rinsing lightly soiled dishes to water garden or house plants.model you can afford. Electronic mail. Save paper! Set your printer or copier’s defaults to double sided. Two-button double flush toilets let you control how much water you 53. Intranets and document scanners can radically reduce paper use. 1 million tonnes of paper is used every day around the world. 52. Using water more efficiently not only saves water. ask yourself the golden rule of saving paper: Do I really need to print this? 42. 39. Much of this paper usage is unnecessary and is an environmental strain. Try to buy in bulk. Protect the environment. 49. 40. 41. 43. Don't let the water run while. Collect rainwater. Bring your own bag. 50. 46. Internet. 44. Saving paper isn’t just about protecting the environment. This reduces your paper consumption by 50%. 54. Select one-sided printing only when really needed. Less packaging could reduce what you buy by about 10%. Ask your office manager what they are doing to reduce paper. Avoid printing out single line e-mails or unnecessary copies of document. 45. which release methane that contribute to global warming. Save paper! Expanding production and pulp wood harvesting threatens some of the remaining natural forests and the people and wildlife that depend on them. Why waste drinking water on the lawn? Get a water tank and use rainwater to water plants instead. 38. use. Next time you are about to press that button. brushing teeth or washing vegetables. Some retailers offer rewards to customers who do not request disposable bags. . while also saving you time and money. it also reduces office expenses! 48. Turn off the tap. This will reduce the amount of packaging materials you consume. Install a flush saver on your toilet. Fix dripping taps. This means less waste in landfills. Patronize recycled materials such as paper. 36. 47. 51. Use both sides of the sheet of paper. Pushing the print button is easy. Collect rinsing water. the equivalent of 10 baths per year. it also lowers greenhouse gas emissions. Using your own bag helps stores reduce their waste.000 litres of water a month. A tap dripping 45 times per minute wastes around 1.

we can ensure the protection of some of the country's most important forests. is our source of life . . coral reefs can provide us with an almost unlimited amount of food. When we lose our forests. Properly protected. Help us protect these habitats and our finned friends who live and swim in them. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle .OTHER WWF ADVOCACIES 1. The Coral Triangle. Philippine Brown Deer and the Philippine Crocodile. The Butanding or whale shark is the world's largest fish. Old Ones say that if you wanted to see what the Philippines looked like a thousand years ago. 11. Donsol and many other spots in the Philippines. fly above the mountains of the Sierra Madre. Without water. development and climate change.home to some of the most beautiful – and endangered – animals on planet Earth.over 120 million people depend on its seas for food. Apo Reef. 13. we will not be able to grow rice. Over half of all endemic or uniquely Filipino plants can be found in the Sierra Madre . 9. The Tubbataha Reefs off Cagayancillo in Palawan are the country's most productive. growing as big as a passenger bus. cut down from illegal logging and temporary conversion for agriculture. Philippine forests are some of the most imperilled regions on Earth. With your help. The blue whale grows as long as a basketball court and has been spotted in the waters of the Babuyan Islands in Cagayan. 2. Many freshwater and marine habitats are threatened by overfishing. we lose our sources of water. just off the coast of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro.000 hectares and is home to over 400 species of fish – from the graceful manta ray to the awe-inspiring hammerhead shark. 10. 7. richest and most extensive forests. the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity. Over 80% of the country's oldgrowth forests have been lost since the 1900s. earning it the title 'The Jewel of Mindoro'. and are able to annually generate over 300 tonnes of seafood per square kilometer. 8. Over 3000 species of fish thrive in the Philippines. The largest coral reef in all of Asia can be found in the Philippines. The Sierra Madre extends from the provinces of Cagayan to Quezon and hosts our oldest. It is also one of the most breathtaking scuba diving destinations on Earth. From the fingernail-sized dwarf pygmy goby to the bus-sized whale shark . 6.our waters teem with life. Batangas. With your support. including the Philippine Eagle. Even the biggest of creatures need a little help. 3. The biggest whale on Earth can be found right here in the Philippines. we can ensure the protection of some of the country's best watersheds – to allow our farmers to grow the very rice we eat. Harmless Butandings feed on plankton and range around the waters of TawiTawi. 12.home to the planet's richest and most productive coral reefs. Protecting our seas means securing our future sources of food. 4. One square kilometer of healthy coral reef can produce over 40 tonnes of seafood each year. 5. spans a whopping 27.

With a little help from you. 27. 24. Among the largest exporters of sea horses is the Philippines. they cause it to grow denser and thicker. so are we to them. where about 70 percent of them disappeared as a result of massive fishing in the past decade. 20. This provides a lush and healthy environment for fish and invertebrates to lay eggs and flourish. they have names for one another. They frequent much of the tropics. Mangroves are a refuge – for both people and fish. Tiger Sharks which can also be found in the Philippines have the tendency to eat anything remotely edible: shoes. medieval armor and an entire chicken coop with feathers and bones still inside it have all been found in the stomachs of Tiger Sharks. each healthy tree can reduce airborne dust particles by as much as 7000 particles per litre of air – a healthy tree is thus a freestanding air conditioner and purifier. The males give birth to the young. Tiger Sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are the second largest predatory shark (after the Great White) and one of the most aggressive. over 300 coral and 500 fish species thrive within the protected area which now spans 96. as few as 100 Dugongs (Dugong dugon) may be left in the Philippines. Classified as endangered by the IUCN. cow hooves. They inhabit temperate and tropical waters and many can be found in the warm coastal waters of the Philippines. Maya-Maya and Talakitok. Mangrove forests are the most important habitats for fish.like the way sea turtles affect the number of fish in the sea. closely related to pipefish and sea dragons.828 hectares. The twin coral atolls of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea are amongst the Earth’s richest in terms of marine life. a driver’s license. as much as 50 pounds of sea grass may be consumed daily. They are one of the few creatures whose system of communication is complex enough to allow individuals to call each other by unique combinations of sounds – in other words. An estimated 20 million seahorses are taken from the wild each year. Hong Kong and Taiwan. There are at least 50 known seahorse species (Fam. Mature specimens average 10 to 14 feet and weigh anywhere from 850 to 2000 pounds. The best coastal barrier against storms? A wall of healthy mangrove trees. 95 percent for Chinese medicine. 26. 23. including the Philippines. Declared the country's first national marine park in 1988 and one of WWF’s primary project sites. many types of fish. Delphinidae & Platanistoidea) are often touted as amongst the most intelligent animals on Earth. Dolphins (Fam. 19. 14. the Giant Panda Bear (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is native to . Gentle grazers by nature. In addition. 25. When sea turtles feed on seagrass. Seahorses are not invertebrates but fish. Syngnathidae) throughout the world. We need about 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20. Once found in Manila Bay and living well over 70 years. 15. 22. 16. The criss-crossed roots of many mangroves species serve as nurseries for many.000 kilometers yearly. More turtles mean more sea grass. and more fish in our seas.We are all connected to each other . 18. 21. with the largest importers being China. we can make sure that these undersea lawnmowers keep on thriving. classified by the IUCN as near threatened. And just as turtles are connected to marine life. 17. like Samara. At least 47 nations and territories around the world buy and sell seahorses.

29. 35. laying waste to areas that are some of the most productive habitats in the world. Almost 80%of the marine aquarium fish sold globally comes from the Philippines. empty glass bottles are filled with potassium nitrate and pebbles. The World Fish Center reports that we have consumed 90% of our fish stocks. one province a year. Efforts by WWF and other organizations have bolstered the panda population from 1800 50 years ago to about 2500 today – a shining triumph of the global conservation movement. We need 15 liters of water to produce one packet of sugar. 41. 36.mainland China. More than 50% of Philippine municipalities are located on the coastline. in the last 60 years. 33. only 30% of that remains. 40. then topped with a commercial fuse or blasting cap.000 invertebrates and 3. fishermen use explosives the size of a soft drink bottle to shatter all living coral reefs within a 5m radius to kill and harvest fish. It will DOUBLE in this lifetime. thus fueling cyanide fisheries as an easy way to make big profits. Repetitive blasting reduces coral to rubble. less than 10% is for domestic use. 4700 liters of water to produce one kilo of rice. . 40 Million Filipinos depend on seafood as a primary source of protein. 67% of our water is consumed by agriculture. It will hit 100 Million by 2010. less than 1% is pristine. Less than 5% were pristine. 28.000 kg of dissolved cyanide is being squirted onto about 33 million coral heads every year in the Philippines. 30. Experts think it takes about 50 years for a dynamited reef to make even a partial recovery. This includes corals. 1500 liters to produce a typical fastfood meal. 37. The illegal timber trade continues. In blast fishing. In dynamite fishing. marine experts announced that less than 30% of our reefs were in good condition. The bombs kill fish by bursting their swim bladders. 32. Half of the fish that have been exposed to cyanide die on the reef. The Philippine archipelago is home to at least 38. Close to 20 years ago. Do something. Today.000 vertebrates). but this may be an underestimate since reefs in the central Philippines have not shown any significant improvement in the past decade. we had 22 Million hectares of forest. Today. Corals exposed to cyanide usually die within 24 hours. A healthy coral reef can produce up to 35 tons of fish per square kilometer per year if fishing methods used are not destructive. The tropical aquarium fish industry is worth more than $200 million a year. 39. In 1900. one town a month. 34. When cyanide is used to catch fish. which cannot support marine life. Dynamite and cyanide use continues.000 animal species (35. Estimates say that over 150. Effects of blast fishing can harm both reefs and people. the toxin immediately affects metabolism and kills every living thing it comes into contact with in hours. 31. Our population is growing at a rate of several barangays a week. Destructive fishing techniques have destroyed 70 percent of fisheries within 15 km of the shore in the Philippines. 38.

.Prematurely exploding bombs have led to lost limbs and lives. Bumphead wrasse and giant groupers grow slowly and mature late in life. A typical 1-kg beer bottle bomb can leave a crater of rubble 1-2 m in diameter. So even if we were able to stop destructive fishing at once. Coral heads are slow growing and big ones may be hundreds of years old. 42. 50. 47. Each one kills about 50 coral heads each day. 44. 49. the period over which civilization developed. the total number of coral heads killed since then is closer to a billion (and that's just the Philippines). They usually dwell in reef crevices and are unlikely to be caught by conventional hook and line fishing method. Regularly bombed reefs frequently exhibit 50-80% coral mortality. an illegal method of catching fish that has destroyed many parts of our once beautiful reefs. Human activities have increased the concentration of methane in the atmosphere by about 145% above what would be present naturally. effects on the global climate of accumulated emissions from the past would persist for centuries. The average rate of warming of the Earth’s surface over the next hundred years will probably be greater than any that has occurred in the last 10. 43. Even if all emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities were to stop immediately. Cyanide began to be used in the 1960s. In the Philippines there are an estimated 3. 45. it would not be until the year 2300 that our descendants would start to see coral heads the size of those that are being killed off by the hundreds of millions now. This makes them vulnerable to destructive fishing methods. 46. The Philippines is notorious for being the “birthplace” of cyanide fishing. The rate of global warming in the past twenty years has been greater than the average rate for the entire twentieth century. 48.000 years. and works about 225 days a year.000 cyanide fishermen.

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