5km night walk in PJ this March

(From left) Dr Sundari, Johary and Lee showing the T-shirt for this year’s Earth Hour 2016 Night Walk at the MBPJ headquarters.

TO MARK Earth Hour this March, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and World Wide Fund For Nature Malaysia (WWF Malaysia) are jointly organising a 5km night walk in Petaling Jaya.

Earth Hour 2016, which falls on March 19, will have an Earth Hour Night Walk starting at Padang Timur in Section 52, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

The entire route goes from Jalan Timur to Jalan Selangor with a U-turn at the Assunta roundabout and heads to Jalan Sultan and Persiaran Barat.

Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Annuar said there would be police presence as well as MBPJ Enforcement personnel to handle safety and manage traffic.

The “60+” Earth Hour logo represents a commitment to add a http://www.pandashop.my/earthhour2016positive act for the planet that goes beyond the 60 minutes of Earth Hour.

Previously for Earth Hour 2015, the city council had organised the “Earth Hour 2015 City Carnival @ PJ” at the city centre in Section 52.

Speaking at a press conference on the event, both Johary and WWF Malaysia conservation director Dr Sundari Ramakrishnan emphasised the importance of instilling awareness about the threat of climate change.

Encouraging Petaling Jaya residents to take part in the night walk, Dr Sundari also praised MBPJ’s green efforts which consists of a five-year, 25% emissions reduction target in partnership with the United Kingdom-based Carbon Trust.

“We hope that other local councils will emulate MBPJ’s exemplary leadership to build a more sustainable and brighter future,” said Dr Sundari, highlighting the local authority’s selection as a pilot city in the Low-Carbon City Framework by the Federal Government.

MBPJ Solid Waste Management Unit head Lee Lih Shyan explained that currently, Carbon Trust was in the process of drawing up a plan for the city’s emissions reduction, and would be back in March to present a preliminary plan to the council.

For the night walk, there is a participation fee of RM65.

All proceeds go to WWF Malaysia’s conservation efforts.

For details, visit www.pandashop.my/earthhour2016

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