Green council makes plans for Earth Day

PENANG Green Council (PGC) has lined up two community events to mark Earth Day.

The first event, themed “Invest in Our Planet”, will be held from 4pm to 9pm at Straits Quay on March 25.

Penang environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the event, to be jointly organised with Junior Chamber International United Penang, aimed to instil environmental consciousness among the public and cover elements such as zero waste, circular economy and healthy lifestyle concept activities.

“There will also be zero waste barter trade, recycling corner, workshops, clothes swapping, yoga and other activities,” he said at a press conference at Komtar.

Phee said Straits Quay would switch off its non-essential lights to observe the global Earth Hour movement.

“The celebration is to provide the public an opportunity to come together not only to celebrate the planet but to take part in a global movement to raise awareness on climate change and sustainability,” he said.

The second programme, known as Zero Waste Vlog Challenge@Bazaar Ramadan, is a collaboration between PGC, Green Educators Workshop (GREW), Penang Island City Council and Seberang Prai City Council.

GREW head Khou Jerome, who was also present, said the organisation was working on promoting sustainable culture through education.

“We would like to encourage the public to practise zero waste at Ramadan bazaars.

“We will see the creativity of schoolchildren and the public in practising zero waste through their vlog,” he said, adding that they hoped to see a long-lasting impact from the programme.

The programme encourages the public to reduce usage of disposables and single-use plastics as well as lessen food waste at Ramadan bazaars.

“All of these will be recorded and narrated in short videos by GREW,” said Khou.

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