Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Sir Rabbie Namaliu Orchid Show

Here are a few photographs from the Orchid Show, August 4 . Spectacular!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

"1000 Tree's in 1 Day", World Environment Day, June 2007

Thomas from Motopure Island Research Institute

Talking with Pati Potts Doi, a well recognised PNG music artist

Interview with EM TV
The Crowd

Pati with his beautiful fans
Zola (WWF) and Nina (Greenpeace)
The future

Media Release

PNG Eco-Forestry Forum launched "1000 in 1 Day" mass tree planting campaign in
Commemoration of the 35th World Environment on June 5.

June 5, 2007. ENVIRONMENTAL and Conservation NGOs under the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum umbrella launched the "1000 in 1 Day" mass tree planting campaign in Port Moresby yesterday in commemoration of the 35th World Environment Day.
The group distributed 500 tree seedlings for planting to 22 selected schools in the city and planted 1000 mangrove seedlings during a re-vegetation exercise at Gabagaba village headed by the Motupore Island Research Institute on World Environment Day.

This year’s international theme is "Melting Ice, A hot topic?" focusing on the effects of climate change. The theme motivated the NGO group to raise awareness and educate Papua New Guineans on the threats posed by continued carbon emissions and the importance to protect and replant trees and forests as one solution to the problem of global climate change.

Although, the topic may not be familiar to the PNG setting, melting ice cap lead to the rise in sea level placing PNG and other islands in the South Pacific region at risk.

The group’s campaign to get Port Moresby residents to commit to this year’s event by planting 1000 trees in 1 day. Growing trees is the simplest way to store carbon and remove it from the atmosphere (carbon sequestration) through the involvement of youths and communities in NCD.

Schools, sporting organizations, corporate entities and environmental NGOs have cooperated to raise community awareness on the importance of planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

"The campaign is a bid to give a human face to this important environmental issue and empower young people to become an active agent of sustainable development and to be advocates for a prosperous future." said PNGEFF chairman Damien Ase.

Papua New Guinea boasts of some of world’s most spectacular animals and plant life and landmarks that may not be found anywhere in the world. However, their ecosystems and sustainability is threatened by climate change.

Mr Ase thanked Corporate Companies who are supporting this initiative. These companies include, Peter Allan Lowing Lawyers, Coral Sea Hotels, Barrick PNG Ltd, Rural Development Bank, Steamships Trading Ltd, Brian Bell and Co, Telikom PNG, Boroko Motors, Theodist Stationary, Trukai Industries, Super Value Stores and NCDC Parks and Gardens.

The wider public is invited to a mass tree planting to reach the target of 1000 trees on June 9 at Don Bosco Technical Institute starting at 7am. The Celebration will feature renowned musician and passionate environmentalist Patti Potts Doi. Plants, organic fruits and vegetables will be sold on the day to promote the green theme.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Earth Day, Sunday 22nd of April

More Art work from the kids
The tents provided by Trukai for the NGOs to showcase their work in PNG

Some of the contestants work displayed for the Art comp held by the US embassy

Kone Sharks

Before the wall was painted by the Koki Art group, sponsred by, Alliance Francais and Akzon Nobel

Koki Art Group, painting the fence at Ela Beach

The basketball wall in the centre of the beach, after is was painted

The Governer General, Sir Paulus Matane and the US Ambassador, Lesley Rowe

Taubmans Volunteers

Trukai Volunteers

People helping to keep the beach clean

Some of the children from Koki

This was a day to remember, we were all so proud to see the community effort put in on the day to help clean up the beach.

Well over 500 people turned up to the beach at 8:00 on Sunday morning. I was practically mobbed for gloves and garbage bags.

So many different groups came down to the beach. We had, Trukai, Protec Ssecurity, Ela Motors, Taubmans Westpac, Easiloan, BSP, Deloittes from the business houses and Kone Sharks and the Kanu Klub come down to show their support and appreciation for the environment.

You were all such an inspiration!!!!! Congratulations and thank you for coming down and helping.

This is only the beginning. An event such as this was worthwhile for more than 500 people would have left the beach happy that it was clean but also realizing that the next day the rubbish would be back again. This is a commitment we are making to the environment to clean it up. We are taking responsibility for our home.

What is World Earth Day?

April 22nd signifies World Earth Day. It is a day in which the world collectively recognizes the necessity to create a sustainable society by educating and encouraging people globally to protect the environment.

What is the Significance of this event?

It aims at inspiring individuals and communities on a local, national and international level to care about our earth by thinking globally and acting locally.
We hope that this event highlights the importance of environmental protection, brings community focus back to Ela Beach as the heart of Port Moresby and encourages the community to work together with respective stakeholders to protect and respect each other and the environment..

How can you help keep Ela Beach clean?

1. Always throw your rubbish in the bins.

2. Don’t throw plastics into the rivers or the sea.

3. If you only have a few items carry them, instead of using plastic bags

4. Take bilums, ask for boxes or recyclable bags to the shops with you for your shopping.

5. Buy less food packaged in plastic

6. Buy more market food as there is no plastic required for packaging.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Bomana War Cemetry

Lying on the grass looking up at the trees

Just a stunning place to be, so peaceful.

Monday, April 16, 2007

World Forestry Day 20th of March

On the way out to the beach

Robert Yen (WWF), Port Moresby National Student and Jen Baing (WWF, Save PNG)

Muere a landscaper from Koki

Burnt volunteers

Sylvia Pascoe and Alana Auo working together with the community

Potting the mangroves

One of the trial nurseries

World Forestry Day has been celebrated the world over for the past 30 years to remind communities of the importance of forests and the benefits gained from them.

We are celebrated World Forestry Day by launching a low cost mangrove revegetation program at Tutu Beach, Avakeikei Beach and the Royal Papua Yacht Club .
We began the day with speakers from Rotary, WWF, and a Community representative. Volunteers were be split into two groups then organised into teams to plant mangrove seedlings food and refreshments were served after the planting. All were welcome to join.

This was a great day, we all got burnt in the hot sun, but it was well worth it. Port Moresby used to have great mangrove forests surrouning our coastal shores, but over time people have depleted the forests. The sea was not visible from the shore in some places.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

POM General Visit

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Division
A comparison, Susu Mamas to the left and the gynecology and obstetrics division on the right

Lack of maintenance

The Ward hallway

Recording the absolute essentials for donation

We visited the Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology with one of our friends Beatrice who was handing out a few necessities that the hospital needed on behalf of the company she works for. The hospital was not ideal and looked like it needed a little work, nothing that if the community worked together could not fix. A bit of a paint job, some new fly screen and a few helping hands.

Susu Mamas is a good example of what some good will and volunteers can do. We hope to work together with the community later on this year to give this division a little helping hand.

Friday, April 6, 2007

AIDS and Marine Awareness at Surfing National Titles

Presentation on the Threats to the marine Environment
Giving out information

Helen Samilo from Anglicare Aids

Saundaun Provincial HIV Aids workers and Bao Waiko from Anglicare Aids

During the PNG National Surfing Titles some of the club members and competitors thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do some AIDs Awareness thanks to Anglicare’s Bao Waiko, Helen Samilo and the Sandaun Provincial Aids Workers. The marine awareness “Birua bilong sol wara na rip” translated “Threats to the Marine Environment” was done by myself thanks to the National Fisheries Authority, The Nature Conservancy, WWF and CELCOR who supplied the educational materials to give to the audiences.

Anglicare most nights during the titles played videos on AIDs and the effects up in Pogera Mine and during the day Save PNG and Anglicare set up a canvas with Aids and marine awareness posters so that the surf audience was exposed to the material.

HIV AIDs information was also handed out to relevant crowd members during the day when the surf heats were on.