Sibu to host state-level Earth Hour for the first time next year

SIBU will host the first-ever Sarawak Earth Hour on March 26 next year.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting (pic) said after holding the event for the past 12 years, the council had decided to organise it on a bigger scale.

Sarawak Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian had given the green light for SMC to organise the state-level Earth Hour next year.

“SMC has been organising the event since 2009. Next year, we will do it on a grander scale, as it is for the whole state, ” Ting said at the Sibu Virtual Earth Hour celebration.

Earth Hour, which started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, is an annual event to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on the last Saturday of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet.

Ting said SMC had been commemorating the event as it acknowledged the importance of preservation and conservation including cleanliness in the society.

He said the symbolic switching off of lights for one hour during Earth Hour would propel the younger generation to do their part in protecting Mother Earth.

“We, the older ones should tell the younger generation about the importance of keeping the environment and house clean, and inculcate a healthy lifestyle because when they grow up, they will have new priorities, ” he said.

Earth Hour 2019 organising chairman Kapitan Connie Loh, who was among the speakers at the one-hour livestream, said they had managed to raise public awareness on environmental protection and climate change.

Loh noted that the one-hour event could make a substantial difference as it encouraged people to be more aware of global warming. — By ANDY CHUA

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