The Second Penang International Green Carnival 2017 Was Happening At SPICE Arena From Sept 9 – 10
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 9 – The second Penang International Green Carnival 2017, the biggest platform for environmental education in Northern Malaysia, was happening at Setia SPICE Arena here today. The event was officiated by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on this morning.
The carnival’s theme this year – “Against Climate Change Together (Acct), Now!”, aims to raise environmental awareness and motivate people to tackle the cause and effect of global warming and create a net impact on fighting climate change. The carnival is a family day with inspiring educational and awareness programmes and activities. It is a platform to promote green ideas, sustainable solutions and practices, products showcase, technologies and organisations.
Penang State Government has a vision of making Penang a “Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier, and Happier”. Since 2010, we kicked start a series of environmental initiatives to promote resource efficiency such as free CAT BUS, No Free Plastic Bags Every day, total ban on polystyrene food containers, giving incentives to green buildings, building cycling lanes and enforcement of Waste Segregation at Source policy.
Penang has achieved the highest recycling rate in the country of 38% as compared to the national recycling rate of 22% and we hope to increase the recycling rate to 40% by 2020. On June 1st this year, Penang State Government have marked another milestone with the enforcement of Waste Segregation at Source Policy in our quest to make Penang the first green state of Malaysia.
In Penang, an average of 1,700 – 1,800 tonnes of waste are sent to Pulau Burung landfill every day. The estimated landfill life span is 42 years if it is equipped with the Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and could last for 60 years if food waste converter is equipped as well. Waste segregation at source is one of the ways to sustain the environment and to reduce waste generation to the Pulau Burung landfill. Lim said Penang are the first state to oppose Nuclear power energy plants in Malaysia and will continue to do so.
“We hope that Malaysia will abandon building nuclear energy plants like Germany. We will not permit any nuclear energy reactors to be built in Penang and the Federal Government has agreed to our decision. Many developed countries such as Germany have gradually opted out nuclear power plants. Whatever the environmental protection and safeguards imposed, the risks are too great!” Lim said.
Tomorrow, state exco YB Phee Boon Poh and leaders of the two local government – Dato’ Maimunah and Dato’ Sr Haji Rozali will be present here for a public dialogue on climate change – “Who cares? We care!”. Public may also take this opportunity to raise their concerns to help Penang State Government to make better decision for the future.
The Carnival is jointly organised by Penang Green Council (PGC), Malaysian Green Building Confederation (MGBC) Northern Chapter and Green Building Index (GBI). Also present were state exco for Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Chow Kon Yeow, Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon and Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng. — PN
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