Act now to protect Mother Earth

IT’S time we do more to protect Mother Earth for the sake of our future generations.

I propose that children at schools be placed in the forefront of this effort as the environment’s sustainability depends very much on the younger generation.

We, as adults, also have a duty and must be seen leading by example in this green effort.

For a start, we should reduce the use of plastic bottles.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to far more people using plastic and polystyrene containers to pack food, instead of bringing along reusable containers for the purpose.

We should also make it a point to carry our own refillable water bottles for outdoor activities.

Also, go local. Eat more local dishes and support our farmers by buying locally grown produce.

Such measures will help reduce imported food and by extension, overall carbon emissions.

Another suggestion is to use public transportation.

The government is working towards an integrated, environmentally-friendly public transport system through the LRT and MRT train services as well as more electric buses.

This is intended to reduce the number of private vehicles on the road that contribute to an increase in pollution.

Ideally, it should just be one car for each household.

To save electricity, switch off all electrical appliances when not in use. Be vigilant about turning off the lights and air-conditioners in your homes and hotel rooms when not needed. We should also select products and items with caution.

Avoid souvenirs made from endangered plant or animal species.

For example, avoid anything made of ivory and tortoise shell.

We should not encourage illegal poaching and avoid any fashionable item made from animal parts.

LINA MOHD , Kajang

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