Earth Hour Night Walk will be staged for the fifth time in Penang!
Public support and participation in Earth Hour Night Walk 2018 will truly advance conservation actions against climate change, said Penang State Executive Councillor for Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation, YB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow. Currently, the Penang State is taking steps to mitigate climate change through its Earth Hour 2017 pledges:
i. All state government offices / agencies to be Penang Green Office certified with carbon reporting by 2020.
ii. To achieve 50% recycling rate for the state of Penang by 2020.
iii. To convert 20,000 unit street lightings to LED lightings by 2020.
“We praise WWF for initiating the Earth Hour global environmental movement that brings together millions of people to shine a light on climate action, and empowers the potential of each individual to change climate change,” he added.
The Penang state government has always been an innovative leader and trendsetter in formulating landmark green initiatives. Chief among them include the formation of Penang Green Council (PGC) to spearhead the execution of green activities within Penang, and the Penang Green School Award, which is an environmental audit programme for both primary and secondary schools in Penang, launched by the Penang State Government in 2010. Penang was also the first state in the country to launch the “No Free Plastic Bag” campaign in July 2009. Consequently, in 2011, Penang created history by being the first state to extend the no-free-plastic practise to every day.
Along with that, the provision of Penang Green Office certification scheme, Penang Green Journalism Award, Penang Green Video Contest and Penang Green Innovation are among other innovative scheme to promote the proliferation and adoption of green initiatives at all levels of society. Innovative waste and water management strategy has led the state government to enjoy the highest recycling rate (30%) in this country.
Penang state government is the first state government to directly address the impacts of climate change with a public survey. It was initiated by the PGC, in partnership with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Water Watch Penang (WWP), to conduct a state-wide survey in 2016 on public perception and awareness of climate change. The results of the survey were meant to aid policy makers in developing strategies to gear Penang towards becoming a greener state. It is therefore apt that the PGC has been tasked to develop a “Penang Green Agenda” by incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make Penang an environmentally sustainable state by 2030.
Thanking partners for their great support, the Head of Policy and Climate Change for WWF-Malaysia, Lavanya Rama Iyer said at the event, “We strangely work against our best interest by consuming natural resources too rapidly in an uncontrolled manner. We are jeopardising our own survival. At the present rate of consumption, we need 1.6 Earths to sustain our current lifestyle when in fact we only have one Earth. But there is hope, WWF will once again connect millions of people in hundreds of countries to shine a light on climate action and the role we can play in global efforts to change climate change.”
Besides Penang, WWF-Malaysia is also working with other cities and towns in Malaysia to drive nationwide momentum on climate change through the huge Earth Hour audiences. “Together possible,” Lavanya concluded in her remark.
“It is very important for every individual to recognise and understand our close bond with the environment, and celebrating Earth Hour brings us closer together in discussing environmental issues. We are proud to once again work with WWF-Malaysia on this noble call,” said Mr Jensen Lim, General Manager for 1st Avenue Mall.
Last year, millions of people from a record-breaking 178 countries and territories united for climate action by turning off their lights for Earth Hour, where more than 12,000 global landmarks and monuments switched off their lights. Earth Hour 2018 will still engage people worldwide to take action but take on a slightly different focus. This Earth Hour, in addition to the symbolic lights off, WWF will focus on ‘connecting’ with the hundreds of millions to spark conservation on biodiversity.
Everyone is invited to take part in the Earth Hour 2018 Night Walk. Registration is RM65 per participant and can be made at pandashop.my/earthhour2018 All walk participants will receive an Earth Hour 2018 T-shirt as well as a medal. All funds raised will be channelled to WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.
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About WWF’s Earth Hour
Grassroots movement: Started as a symbolic lights-out campaign in Sydney (Australia) in 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment – largely focused on climate change – mobilising millions to take climate action in 187 countries and territories. Now in its eleventh year, Earth Hour has gone beyond the hour and achieved massive environmental impacts around the world by harnessing the power of the crowd. For the next 3 years, Earth Hour will focus on achieving CBD Aichi Target 1 which states that by 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.
For more information, please contact:
Sheena Wong Sin-Yee
Senior Communications Officer, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-7450 3773 (Ext. 6412)