Cutting Footprint and Increasing Recycling Efforts for Earth Hour
Petaling Jaya: In a media conference today, Yang Berusaha Tuan Johary bin Anuar, Deputy Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), announced that registration is open to the public for the yearly Earth Hour Night Walk, which will be celebrated on 24 March 2018 (Saturday), with a 2.5km route starting and ending at Sunway Giza Mall. The registration link: pandashop.my/earthhour2018
Public support and participation in the Earth Hour Night Walk 2018 will further advance conservation actions against climate change. This is the third year MBPJ and WWF-Malaysia are collaborating on this event aimed at driving momentum on climate change through the huge Earth Hour audiences. Growing participation at the events held annually has also driven the public to be more involved in the green initiatives by the council and go beyond the hour by adopting sustainable lifestyles.
“We have seen positive participation and enthusiastic support in the past annual Earth Hour Night Walks that boosted our determination to continue building a greener, more sustainable future for our citizens,” added Yang Berusaha Tuan Johary bin Anuar.
At the event, WWF-Malaysia congratulated MBPJ for their consistent efforts in achieving greater sustainability for the city, such as introducing Assessment Tax Rebate Scheme for eco-friendly, green and low-carbon house owners living in the city, providing free bus services and facilitating waste management. Apart from the Low Carbon Green Assessment Scheme which has been running since 2011, the PJ City Bus is a free bus service provided by MBPJ since May 2014, which has an average of 10,000 users daily and recorded a ridership of 2.7 million passengers from January to August last year. These efforts are indeed critical in building PJ into a resilient and sustainable city, as well as ensuring a high quality of life for its citizens.
During the Earth Hour Night Walk 2017, the city council announced its aim to increase the number of recycling centres to facilitate the demand and expand its functions to create a ‘4R’ gallery. The progress of these initiatives to-date was commendable with 3 recycling centres in Petaling Jaya with 2 centres in SS2 and SS8 having been equipped with a food waste treatment system. For 2017, 9,238 households or 9% have participated in the recycling programme.
Additionally, MBPJ has fulfilled their Earth Hour 2017 pledge to equip each household in Petaling Jaya with a complimentary 120 litre-capacity rubbish bin and made progress in their campaign of recycling used cooking oil into biodiesel as part of efforts to promote the use of renewable energy. All these combined initiatives would serve the increment of the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink’ practices of the city. In that sense, Earth Hour focuses on a green city with citizens who recognise the importance of sustainable and clean energy over the long term.
Moreover, MBPJ is now aiming to develop Petaling Jaya into a Smart City with the application of technology and big data to enhance the efficiency in city governance and also to lower the carbon footprint.
“We at WWF-Malaysia are immensely grateful as an organisation, and as part of the population that inhabits this beautiful earth, to once again have the privilege of hosting the yearly Earth Hour Night Walk. Earth Hour has brought millions of people into the climate change dialogue and introduced the discussion into the mainstream. The event’s main objective is to empower the potential within each individual to change climate change, partners such as MBPJ play a crucial role through their innovative initiatives that enable this,” said Lavanya Rama Iyer, Head of Policy and Climate Change for WWF-Malaysia.
“As a group, Sunway is committed to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals hence it is our pleasure to be able to host Earth Hour 2018 together with WWF-Malaysia. Sunway Giza Mall has always been an environmentally-friendly mall since its inception in 2009, ensuring the use of energy saving lights, waterless urinals and recycling bins amongst others. With this partnership, we hope to be able to provide a platform for WWF-Malaysia to reach out to a vast number of the Kota Damansara community through this Earth Hour programme,” added Albert Cheok, Centre Manager of Sunway Giza Mall, in support of the event.
Over the last 10 years, Earth Hour has been a pivotal part of communicating WWF’s climate agenda and has united the entire network by achieving conservation wins. In 2017, millions of people from a record-breaking 187 countries and territories united for climate action, where more than 12,000 global landmarks and monuments switched off their lights. Mobilising grassroots efforts is timelier than ever as borne out by two recent reports. Through the Global Risks Report 2018, World Economic Forum (WEF) highlights that environmental risks have grown in prominence and will continue to threaten our world with extreme weather events in 2018. While separate analyses from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirm that 2017 is among the three warmest years on record.
Closer to home, Earth Hour has united Malaysians and drives nationwide awareness to WWF-Malaysia’s environmental protection efforts. For instance, more than 30,000 people completed the Earth Hour “Live Green” pledge and survey in 2013, providing insights to Malaysians’ recycling and energy use habits.
Earth Hour 2018 will continue to engage people worldwide to take action but take on a slightly different focus. This year will be an exciting year for Earth Hour as we witness the celebration of interconnectedness with actions to harness the power of the crowd. This Earth Hour, in addition to the symbolic lights off, WWF will focus on ‘connecting’ with the hundreds of millions to spark conservation of biodiversity. Themed #Connect2Earth, it will allow better understanding on how nature is connected to people and how climate change affects nature.
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 a 100% cotton Earth Hour 2018 T-shirt as well as a recycled remnant wood medal. All funds raised will be channelled to WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.
The support given and shown towards events and programmes hosted by WWF-Malaysia is always appreciated as this is what enables WWF-Malaysia to undertake efforts to address environmental issues that also inevitably impact societal wellbeing and economic prosperity. Through the support given, we can create a strong voice for our vision, where humans live in harmony with nature.
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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)