MORE than 10,000 visitors flocked to the Penang Green Carnival at 1st Avenue Mall to learn how their lifestyle affected food sustainability.
Other enlightening programmes at the carnival included awareness campaigns, games, competitions, exhibitions, talks, discussions and workshops.
The highlight of the carnival was the ‘Build Our Green Future’ contest that required contestants to create an object using recycled items.
Interior design undergraduates Por Shi Wei, 21, and Ang Phei Fang, 22, came out tops with their creation which was a wooden ‘plant rack’ that could be placed at home as a decorative item.
The students of Equator College won RM500 and certificates.
“We call it a ‘palletron’ or vertical garden.
“You can put your bottled or potted plants on the structure made of pallet wood.
“There is a space for you to hide your recycling bin in the structure,” said Por, adding that a self-watering container was also fixed to the structure to water the plants.
The recent two-day carnival organised by Penang Green Council and the state government was themed ‘Make Our Food Last’.
It was held to mark World Environment Day and World Expo Milano 2015.
Visitors also flocked to booths set up by 30 exhibitors including World Wildlife Federation Malaysia, Penang Island City Council and Consumers Associa-tion of Penang.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the amount of food wasted around the world was nearing a critical level.
“In Malaysia, 45% of the 33,000 tonnes of solid waste produced daily are actually food waste.
“Judging by the rate of food waste generated in peninsular Malaysia, it is estimated that by 2020, the waste will fill up nearly 16 Petronas Towers,” he said in his opening speech.
“The carnival teaches us the meaning of sustainability which is using resources today in a manner that ensures they will still be available tomorrow,” he added.
Also at the opening ceremony were Penang Green Council gene-ral manager Thing Siew Shuen, organising chairman Teh Yee Cheu, Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng and Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin.