Silent Day: From Bali To The World On March 21

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Silence is golden. Now it is also getting cool. The World Silent Day campaign is based on the tradition in Bali of 24 hours of inactivity to rejuvenate people and give the earth some rest from human activities. This tradition is now offered to the global community as a solution to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

Why March 21? The date was selected because of the Northern Equinox and the World Forestry Day, linked to World Water day on March 22, symbolizing life. Even if you can't keep quiet, they suggest that you try to not use your cell phone, or avoid driving your noisy motorbike or car. Try doing something quiet and just enjoy the moment! Video after the fold.

Video initiated by the Bali Collaboration on Climate Change & the people of Bali, Indonesia, with support from Third World Network, the independent non-profit international network of organisations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, Third World and North-South affairs.

A good time also to remember the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that triggered the Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004, claiming almost 250,000 lives. Some 170,000 died in Aceh in Indonesia with thousands more killed in Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. I like the idea of a minute of silence at major events, even World Cup football games or the Olympics. Imagine if we could develop this to really all be silent together for something major - like our planet. You got my attention.

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Poster (and more downloads) from World Silent Day
World Silent Day for the earth is a campaign that appeals to individuals to reduce activites that produce green house gases - the gases we know can trigger global warming and climate change.

Remember the four easy steps:

1. Saturday, 21 March 2009
2. Only four hours 10 am to 2 pm
3. Switch off electronic appliances, reduce the use of motorized vehicles and activities that consume natural resources, plant trees, strengthen relations with family, work team and neighbours
4. Share your silent experiences to:

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