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What Happened in March 2023?

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Millions of Dead Fish Scattered in the Middle of Australian Heat Wave

Source: The Washington Times[1]

On the night of February 15, 2023, a nature photographer, Geoff Looney, discovered that there were millions of dead fish in the main Menindee Dam, firstly indicated by the foul smell of decomposing fish. Unfortunately, the water that comes from the Menindee Dam flows into the pumping station for the townspeople, which can harm the health of the residents. The Department of Primary Industries in the state of New South Wales said that the deaths of millions of fish were caused by a heat wave that experienced extreme conditions due to large-scale flooding. These problems resulted in low oxygen levels in the Menindee Dam.


Healthy Forest will Bring Healthy People:

Happy International Forest Day 2023!

People around the world commemorate International Day of Forests every March 21. The theme for each year is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and the theme for 2023 is "Forests and Health". According to the UN organization, forests and the human health have a very close relationship, where forests contribute in various aspects; ranging from water, air, climate change, food, medicine, to human welfare.

This year, we are reminded to be able to take care of the forest instead of just exploiting it. Because healthy forests will bring healthy people.

Source : EcoTree[2]

Indonesia, being the 8th country with the largest forest cover in the world, reaching 92 million hectares. On International Forest Day, many environmental organizations in Indonesia were running a tree planting campaign in droves. In fact, Indonesia has frequently carried out regular forest planting as regulated by the Minister of Environment and Forestry (INS.1/MENLHK/PDASHL/DAS.1/8/2017).


The UN Water Conference 2023

The UN Water Conference 2023 took place from 22-24 March 2023 in New York City, USA. On the eve of the conference, an important report on the water economy was presented. The report outlines 7 points of collective action to achieve a sustainable water future and urges UN governments to take stronger action. According to WHO, a quarter of the world's population lives in water-scarce countries and has access to contaminated drinking water. This causes 485,000 deaths each year. Ahead of the conference, the Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, stated that he hoped this conference would produce an Agenda for Action on Water which provides more decent living standards to affected communities.

Source: Foreign Brief Geopolitical Risk Analysis[3]

This time, the conference is known as the first conference in more than four decades to address water.

This conference released a virtual issue on its website, which includes a selection of high-quality articles which address key water issues and challenges in various parts of the globe and illustrate scholars' efforts to tackle them with cutting-edge research in the field.


Government of Peru: $1Billion to Tackle Global Warming Issues, El-Niño

Source : Reuters[4]

Peru is known as the country most easily affected by extreme weather events due to climate change. In recent years, El-Niño disasters have hit Peru, especially in the city of Lima. As a result of this disaster which killed at least 8 people and injured more than 20,000 people[5] also caused over $320 million of damage to the country's infrastructure. Addressing this, on Thursday 23 March 2023, Peru's Minister of Economy, Alex Contreras, moved quickly by announcing that a $1.06 billion budget would be spent to mitigate the effects of global warming and El-Niño weather patterns. Plans for disbursing the funds will begin in the coming weeks.

Peru's Prime Minister, Alberto Otarola, also said that the El Niño disaster was expected to continue until July.

The First Physical and Biggest “Earth Hour” since Covid-19 in the Philippines

Source: PIA (Philippine Information Agency)[6]

Since 2008, the Philippines has joined one of WWF's initiatives, namely “Earth Hour”. The Philippine government encouraged its citizens to join in the one-hour event on March 25. Filipinos actively carried out the event themed "The Biggest Hour for the Earth" at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

The Philippine Electricity Market Corp recorded a savings in electricity consumption of 611 MWh or the equivalent of resting a dozen coal-fired power plants for one hour.

WWF Philippines stated that this action was the first physical and biggest Earth Hour since Covid-19 lockdowns, and the Philippines was chosen as the preferred venue because it was a country that for many years became the pinnacle of the 'Earth Hour Hero Country' due to its continuous support for this global lights off movement.


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