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Earth Hour Celebrations in Melaka



Posted on 06 February 2018
(From left) YBhg. Datuk Wira Zainal bin Hussin, Mayor of Melaka Historic City Council; YB Datuk Wira Ar. Hj. Ismail bin Hj. Othman, Melaka State Executive Councillor of Housing, Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment; and Lavanya Rama Iyer, WWF-Malaysia Head of Policy and Climate Change; displaying the Earth Hour 2018 T-shirt at the media conference.
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~ Raising awareness of interconnection between biodiversity and climate change ~
 
Melaka: This is the second year that the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) is celebrating the annual Earth Hour event in collaboration with WWF-Malaysia to combat climate change. Among the activities is the Earth Hour Night Walk in Melaka, which will be celebrated on 24 March 2018 (Saturday) with a 2.6km route starting and ending at Memorial Kemerdekaan. Registration is open to the public at: pandashop.my/earthhour2018

Participants who register for the Earth Hour registration fee of RM65 will receive a 100% cotton Earth Hour 2018 T-shirt as well as a unique recycled remnant wood medal, with proceeds going towards WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.

This year WWF, as a network, would like to see Earth Hour grow into a three-year campaign leading to 2020, to raise awareness of the interconnection between biodiversity and climate change. Aligning with the Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 (By 2020: People are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably), Earth Hour 2018 will adopt a new global theme called “Connect2Earth", which aims to trigger exponential change through sparking conversations on climate change and biodiversity.

Earth Hour reminds us how important it is to conserve our natural environment and resources. Among Melaka’s many green initiatives are to propagate green technology and promote cycling as well as to plant 10,000 native species trees within the city each year to reduce carbon emission.

Malaysians can take a personal stance on protecting our biodiversity through learning about simple actions that can be taken in combating climate change. Our planet needs our help.

In line with the new Earth Hour theme, WWF-Malaysia will continue to support conservation efforts to protect hawksbill turtles with the Melaka Historic City Council and Department of Fisheries, Melaka. Marine turtles play important roles in the ocean by maintaining healthy habitats for marine life and keeping a balance in the marine food web. If we do not start to recognise and appreciate the values that turtles provide to us, the remaining turtle populations will be in danger due to climate change and other threats. Marine turtles like the hawksbills in Melaka are an invaluable national heritage.

“This global voluntary initiative invites everyone, including individuals, businesses, governments and communities, to participate and make this campaign a success. In support of this campaign, I call on everyone, especially the people of Melaka City, to switch off non-essential lights for an hour and participate in the Earth Hour Night Walk 2018. Save our heritage, save our Earth,” said YB Datuk Wira Ar. Hj. Ismail bin Hj. Othman, Melaka State Executive Councillor of Housing, Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment.

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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)
Email: sywong@wwf.org.my
(From left) YBhg. Datuk Wira Zainal bin Hussin, Mayor of Melaka Historic City Council; YB Datuk Wira Ar. Hj. Ismail bin Hj. Othman, Melaka State Executive Councillor of Housing, Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment; and Lavanya Rama Iyer, WWF-Malaysia Head of Policy and Climate Change; displaying the Earth Hour 2018 T-shirt at the media conference.
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