Sunday, May 31, 2009

My article on Carbon Dioxide

Below is the link to a magazine published by the Department of Environment, Putrajaya published last year. There is an article on carbon dioxide and its implication to human and environment written by me inside the magazine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

SEAMEO Education Agenda | Issue 04 | March 2009

SEAMEO Education Agenda magazine is a publication of the SEAMEO Secretariat located at Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building 920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. I sent an article to the secretariat on August 2008 regarding Malaysia's experience on environmental education in term of school co-curricular club.

The article is now being published in the magazine, in its issue no 4 on March 2009. The article can be downloaded from  .

The fourth issue gives tribute to the SEAMEO High Officials of the 11 SEAMEO Member Countries. The new Education Ministers and new Centre Directors were also featured in the profile pages. This copy includes stories of new avenues that SEAMEO treads to contribute to the attainment of the Education for All goals in Southeast Asia, such as the "Reaching the Unreached" initiative, use of mother tongue as bridge language of instruction, and providing lifelong learning skills through school and community involvement.

This article can be refered as:

Hashimi, I. (2009). Environmental Education and School Nature Club : Malaysia's Experience. pg. 28. SEAMEO Education Agenda. Issue 4, March 2009. SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand. 46 pp

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Oceans, our treasures

What is an ocean?

An ocean (from Greek Ωκεανός, Okeanos (Oceanus)) is a major body of saline water, and a principal component of the hydrosphere. Approximately 72% of the Earth's surface (an area of some 361 million square kilometers) is covered by ocean, a continuous body of water that is customarily divided into several principal oceans and smaller seas. More than half of this area is over 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) deep. Average oceanic salinity is around 35 parts per thousand (ppt) (3.5%), and nearly all seawater has a salinity in the range of 30 to 38 ppt. (

  • Oceans provide us with fish and shellfish, the world’s greatest sources of dietary protein. 
  • Ocean flora and fauna provide life-saving pharmaceuticals such as anti-cancer drugs. 
  • The oceans’ algae absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen on a massive scale . These tiny species contribute directly to the air we need to breathe. 
  • Oceans and their creatures connect us to our rich cultural heritage though history, music, and stories.
  • Ocean shores provide opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and spiritual renewal.

Oceans Day

Oceans Day, June 8, was declared in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit. The purpose of Oceans Day is to raise awareness about the life-sustaining role of oceans and to inspire people to take better care of them.

Our responsibility

  • Oceans are essential to life. 
  • Watersheds—streams, lakes, rivers, and wetlands—empty into oceans, forming vital transportation links.  
  • Oceans influence our social, economic, historical, international, and political development.
  • Oceans are threatened by pollution, particularly from the land.
  • Protecting and promoting oceans is our global and civic responsibility.

Old newspapers selling experiences

I just sold a bundle of old newspapers to a Chinese couple few minutes ago. I'm feel very lucky to sell the old newpapers as my daughters helped me to carry the newspapers to the lorry. As reward, they received RM3 from the old newpapers man.

By selling the old newspapers, I hope my daughters will learn that recycle is one of the green activities they can do to help mother nature. As they are only 6 and 4 years old, I'm trying to teach them to recycle things such as old newspapers, eggs carton, plastic bottles etc. They also practise to reuse the used papers for scatching, calculating, writing and so on. At least, by doing that, they can upgrade their psychomotor skills.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Biodiversity Day 2009

Today, 22 Mei 2009, is declared as Biodiversity Day. What is meant by biodiversity? Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it.

Due to her diverse species of living things, Malaysia has been considered as one of the twelve megadiversity countries. One of the ecosystems that contribute to the high number of species in Malaysia is the coral reef ecosystem. 

To enhance awareness on coral reefs among the officers and staf of Curriculum Development Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia, I had been asked to conduct a trip to Pulau Redang Marine Park in Terengganu. This trip will take place on 30 June to 3 July 2009.